The power of small – Community Catalysts on the vital role of small health and social care providers
- 28 October 2020
- Posted by: benjamin.taylor
- Category: PSTA
The power of small
A few weeks ago, I saw this fascinating chart from Skills for Care and I have to say it blew my mind just a bit.
For 10 years my organisation, Community Catalysts, has been nurturing very small, creative, enterprises within the health and care sectors. We talk about helping local people to help other local people. We talk about place based, community rooted care. We talk about the creativity that happens when care and health services and supports are enabled…or in reality – allowed to step out of the status quo.
As we make this case, to commissioners and strategic decision makers, we often find ourselves as outsiders, making the case for something that might seem out there and a bit strange. We get challenged on the quality of these small care ‘providers’, especially if they are not regulatable by the Care Quality Commission. From experience we know that good and bad quality has nothing to with size, and (sadly) is not assured by regulation. We see awful, regulated providers of all sizes and that really worries us – worries us more than the thought of the little guys breaking the mould if I am honest.
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