There is a lot of talk about collaboration in the world of social care but it’s often difficult to put words into action.

At CCPS, we’re working to change this culture by supporting providers to work together and close the gap between intention and practice.

What collaboration looks like

Good collaboration means bringing together purchasers, providers and service users to work as partners to shape service delivery, through open and constructive dialogue.

It’s about creating space to work out what’s possible, instead of relying on assumptions or operating from a place of caution.

Collaboration can take different forms, from informal discussions to more structured options such as:

  • Innovation partnerships
  • Alliancing
  • Strategic partnerships
  • Structures and behaviours that promote and reward collaborative behaviours

Why collaboration? 

Research suggests that effective collaboration helps social care providers to provide better care and support. Services tend to be more person-centred when groups of organisations come together to improve their offer to the people they collectively support.

Our recent work with Collaborate CIC explores the range of current provider-led collaborations in Scotland working to provide better outcomes for the people they support and is available to read here.

We are learning more about provider collaboration through administering the Building Collaboration Fund on behalf of the Scottish Government. If you’re interested in finding out more, you can download our new report here:

Learning From Provider-Led Collaborations in Scotland’s Social Care Sector

How CCPS can help 

Doing things differently can be daunting for everyone involved. For more information and advice on what to next if you’re thinking about collaboration, please click here.