Collectively we are a significant employer employing over 2,000 local people across the city region. We believe that our sector is highly professional and does its absolute best to maintain high standards of care in what has become a very challenging environment for us all. We also believe that the social care sector is rarely in the limelight and celebrated for the amazing job that our workforce does in keeping people, safe, well and independent and the contribution they make to our local communities.
We are an innovative group of preferred and approved home care providers from across the Liverpool City Region. Our membership is closely aligned to our core values and behaviours on which we base all of our activities.
The work our sector does and the impact it makes is rarely recognised and acknowledged. As providers we contribute to many areas of health and social care and play a key role in underpinning the NHS directly through the services, we all deliver, for example contributing to meeting winter pressures and bed blocking targets.
As a sector we all face similar problems in managing our business effectively to ensure the best outcomes are achieved for our service users. Coming together as a collective gives us the strength and strong foundation on which to change current perceptions about social care in order that we can be a strong influencer and work on key issues, which affect us all and our ability to maintain sustainable businesses.
We also recognise the daily challenge of maintaining a highly skilled flexible workforce, of recruitment and retention issues and the need for the sector to grow a new generation social care workforce. That is why we are currently working on recruitment as a core work stream and have a web page dedicated to it for members to use and advertise their vacancies. This is a direct response to our members needs and a call to action for us all.
OUR CORE VALUES
To ensure there is a sustainable and proactive Domiciliary Care sector, with a skilled, knowledgeable and sustainable workforce to ensure that high standards of quality care can be delivered flexibly to meet the changing needs of both service users and commissioners.
We will represent and act as a voice for the sector working in an open and transparent manner with both the sector and public bodies, to ensure that the voice of the sector is heard and able to influence future social care modelling. Furthermore, we will embrace the digital agenda and support its development locally, in the best interests of our members and service users, recognising the important role it will play in the future of social care and the sectors sustainability.
OUR KEY PARTNERSHIPS
Partnerships are important to us and we work across a wide range of organisations to support our work and achieve change. Partners include public and statutory bodies as well as organisations in the Voluntary, community and Social Economy sector (VOCOSE). Current partners include:
LOCAL GOVERNMENT ASSOCIATION
LOCAL ENTERPRISE PARTNERSHIP
LIVERPOOL CITY REGION COMBINED AUTHORITY
SKILLS FOR CARE
LIVERPOOL SOCIAL CARE PARTNERSHIP
OUR PRINCIPLE BELIEFS
- People and communities are our greatest asset and should be at the heart of everything we do.
- Growing Innovative models of social care drive up both quality and standards and should be explored in collaboration.
- Digital innovations in social care should be welcomed and implementation supported to support service provision and to maximize available resources locally.
- Access to high standards of training and development should be the ‘norm’ for all within the social care workforce.
- Supporting the sector to maintain high standards of quality and care against a background of change and uncertainty is paramount to our mission.
- Social care is an equal to health and not a poor second relation and should be recognised and promoted as such.
- Wellbeing and prevention are key to a healthy and productive workforce, which in turn can improve the life chances of those they care for.
- Collaboration and a willingness to share knowledge and skills, for the greater good of sector is essential if the sector is to be sustainable in the future.
- Collaboration with our membership is a significant strength and a vehicle through which we can bring about real, sustainable change for the sector.
- Building strong, robust partnerships with mutual trust and respect with key decision and policy makers is essential to a future, strong and sustainable social care sector.