ubu's uStep model, otherwise known as 'Complex Behaviour Assisted Living Extra Care Services for Vulnerable people', is going from strength to strength, with visits from Care Minister Norman Lamb who highly praised the innovative model.
ubu’s CEO, Dorothy Jarvis-Lee, discusses the Care Minister’s visit and the future potential of the uStep model: “I am so pleased that after Care Minister, Norman Lamb, visited our supports the other day; and that he was impressed with our innovative uStep model. As a provider of specialist support for complex vulnerable adults, children and young people, we too believe that more must be done to help vulnerable adults still locked away from public view.
“There is no logic, political, medical nor social excuse good enough in 2014 to justify failing to support such vulnerable people by putting them away in institutions it is cruel beyond any comprehension and has to stop immediately, this hideous reality is that it even costs the government more to turn their backs on these vulnerable people.
“Norman saw and experienced ubu’s support first-hand as he met some of our consumers, staff and management to discuss our unique uStep model of health and specialised social care support. Thankfully he saw how it’s made significant impact on the lives of those we support as he talked with them about the significant changes uStep has helped bring about in their lives. He highlighted that the contrast between uStep and institutional care, which still exists for far too many is just enormous. It makes you realise what is possible for people who have been locked away from public view. Taking his observations on board Norman regaled that there is an enormous responsibility on us all to make it happen and organisations such as ours are doing just that.
“With ubu’s uStep model even those with the most complex needs begin to see significant changes to their lives and begin to enjoy a better quality of life in a comparatively short period of time, thanks to initiatives put in place at the behest of our consumers.
“We know that the ubu uStep model has the potential to free more vulnerable people currently still locked away from public view.”
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Care Minister, Norman Lamb, said ubu, had greatly ‘impressed’ him with our innovative uStep model. He explained his belief that everyone has a responsibility to do more to help vulnerable adults still locked away from public view. Mr Lamb made the comments after visiting several consumers in Leeds, who are supported and enabled by ubu to live safely and more independently as an active part in their local community.
He met consumers, staff and management to discuss ubu's unique uStep model of health and specialised social care support and saw how it made significant impact on the lives of those it supported. Mr. Lamb spent time meeting a number of the consumers in Leeds, talking with them about the significant changes that ubu had helped bring about in their lives through specialised uStep supports.
Afterwards he said that ubu had greatly impressed him how they had achieved such positive outcomes for so many people. He said that more had to be done for those missing out on this kind of support and the chance of independent living: “Too many people are not living in their own homes, they are still locked away.”
“The contrast between this uStep and institutional care which still exists for far too many is just enormous. It makes you realise what is possible for people who have been locked away from public view. There is an enormous responsibility on us all to make it happen and organisations such as ubu are doing just that” he said.
Mr. Lamb was keen to speak to as many ubu consumers as possible in their own homes, to find out how their specialised support differed from other models, as he seeks best practice from providers around the UK.
uStep is widely recognised by the NHS, local authorities and other providers as being a beacon of good practice. Combining first class support in a cost effective way, the model has attracted accolades within the care sector and the attention of policy makers within the Department of Health for the way in which ubu delivers quality support at a time of tight financial controls.
The uStep model continues to advance as ubu’s determination, to enable people to live more independent lives at the heart of their own communities, continues to grow. Guided by their specialist enablers, ubu's consumers set out their own goals, aspirations and are supported as they work towards achieving them.
ubu's uStep consumers continue to prove the strength of the model with better than expected outcomes after just months.
Swim on to find out more about last week’s visit from Care Minister, Norman Lamb, and hear what he thinks of the ubu uStep model.