Prevention and early intervention

In his first video blog, Alex Fox talks about prevention and early intervention, the area he will be looking at as part of the social care engagement exercise.

In the video Alex covers the following:

  • The different levels of investment in preventative services across the country, and why this is the case
  • The importance of clarity about what it is that care services are preventing, for whom and how it is measured
  • Why the current system needs reforming, and the fact that it is anti-preventative
  • How to get people into the care system earlier without increasing overall need at a time when budgets are under pressure, and how this could be achieved:
    1. Could we move to a more risk based assessment process?
    2. Can we help people to make savings in their personal budgets?
    3. What would be the consequences of these kinds of changes?
  • That this is about more than reforming the care service. There is a need to look much further than social care and traditional interventions
  • There is a need to look at community development approaches, whole family support, helping people to live a better life to be less of a burden on services.


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One Response to Prevention and early intervention

  1. Great video blog Alex thanks. I’d like you to look at some of the underpinning ideas and aims of what was called Total Place, i.e. whole systems or whole community approaches – and what the longer-term costs are to communities as a result of a lack of investment at an earlier stage. There are lots of examples but perhaps the most shocking and perhaps costly example are the very high-numbers of people with LD and mental health problems in the criminal justice system and more specifically, in custody. This seems to me to be the antithesis of a preventative approach and if it was possible in some broad way to quantify these long-term costs they’d surely be higher than earlier – upstream – interventions.

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