In 2019, CCPS set out to learn more about provider collaboration by administering the Building Collaboration Fund on behalf of Scottish Government. The Fund recognised that creating the relationships, structures, behaviours and leadership required for effective collaboration is challenging, and resource intensive. It aimed to provide some support for collaborations to work through these challenges and strengthen existing collaborative practice.
The Building Collaboration Fund provided a small amount of funding to six existing collaborations working to provide care and support across Scotland. It also created a facilitated space for peer learning, development and the sharing of good practice between each of the six funded collaboratives.
The report Building Collaboration: Learning from provider-led collaborations in Scotland’s social care sector brings together learning from programme participants and provides insight into the collaborative behaviours, skills and attitudes required to collaborate effectively. This learning comes at a time of fundamental importance for those working in care and support in Scotland. The recently published Independent Review of Adult Social Care in Scotland calls for – amongst other changes – a shift in narrative from competition to collaboration in the way we plan, purchase and deliver social care and support. Lets build on the learning we have, and use it to shift the balance of power towards people, choice and collaboration.