21 February 2013
My guest blogger this month is Gary Jones, Head of Commissioning, Doncaster Metropolitan Borough Council. Gary was originally very sceptical about person-centred practices, and here he explains how he is starting to make changes in Doncaster.
Having recently moved to Doncaster Council to lead Commissioning within Adult Social Care, I felt it was important to understand the sense of direction from a 'user led perspective'. I thus participated in a workshop with a number of user led organisations to develop a personalised approach to commissioning within the borough. Towards the end of the workshop it felt appropriate to begin to understand the road map that would allow us to comprehend what success looked like. Clearly I had dramatically underestimated the task in hand and a quick and eloquent retort came from a member of the assembled groups that suggested that before we draw the map, we need to build the b****y road. With this challenge in mind I contacted Helen Sanderson to begin to 'build the road' and understand what success looked like for commissioning for adults in Doncaster.