Social Services: Standards

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 17th September 2020.

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Photo of Lord Hunt of Kings Heath Lord Hunt of Kings Heath Labour

To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to consider adopting the Buurtzorg model for the provision of social care.

Photo of Lord Hunt of Kings Heath Lord Hunt of Kings Heath Labour

To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the report by Cornerstone Local Cornerstone Year Two Report 2019, published in April 2019, with particular regard to the use of the Buurtzorg model for social care.

Photo of Lord Bethell Lord Bethell The Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Health and Social Care

Under the Care Act 2014, local authorities are required to shape their local markets, and ensure that people have a range of high quality, sustainable and person-centred care and support options available to them, and that they can access the services that best meets their needs.

Elements of the Buurtzorg model have previously been tested in England. In 2017 a coalition of partners agreed to work together to design and deliver a project to test a Buurtzorg inspired model of working. Tests concluded that a purist model of the Buurtzorg Model in the health and social care system was not practical, but work has been undertaken to implement some of the core elements of the model.

No assessment has been made of the Local Cornerstone Year Two Report 2019, published by Cornerstone in April 2019.

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