The new, refreshed Better Lives Strategy for Leeds sets out a ‘strengths-based’ social care approach to adult social care. This works more collaboratively with people, looking first at what they can do with their own skills and resources and equally what those around them can do, within their relationships and community.
The Strategy reflects the huge changes to social care nationally and locally over the past few years; these include: the introduction of the Care Act 2014; the creation of Health and Wellbeing Boards and Sustainability Transformation Plans; the re-organisation of NHS services; and the continuing financial challenges facing all local authorities.
The first Better Lives Strategy in 2011 focused on moving away from direct local authority provision of social care to provide people with more choice and control. The new strategy builds on this work using strengths-based social care to promote people’s dignity and independence, access to services and connecting them to their local community.
This work is set out in the strategy around three themed workstreams:
Better Lives through better conversations
- Better Lives through better living
- Better Lives through better connections
More information about what we have achieved and future challenges is also available in our Local Account 2016/17.