Katie's Diary

The economic case for uStep

26th September 2014

CARE that delivers real benefits to consumers and the community has to be at the heart of political plans, as the main parties outline their spending intentions for the next parliament.

During this year’s political party conference season there will be a lot of talk about NHS budgets as they all gear up to next year’s General Election. 

The current parliament will be remembered for austerity and cuts.  But challenges, which is what cuts are presently is an opportunity and that is where uStep has come into its own.

Shadow Health Secretary, Andy Burnham launched our uStep in Leigh. He said then that society had to rethink how it cared for people and to follow ubu’s lead in making support models more customer centric rather than patient centered. He’s absolutely right.

uStep has proved it is successful, cost effective and the improvements we’ve made to peoples lives is clear to see. Why then do other models or services not follow a similar approach?

uStep should be looked at as a viable option, especially in the midst of the current crisis. Keeping vulnerable people locked up in institutions is inefficient, ineffective and expensive.

Upfront uStep relies on a great deal of resources initially when a person we serve comes into our care. Over time the level of support to the person we serve becomes minimal. This in turn saves money and makes sense for all authorities.

That is the added value that our uStep model brings. It delivers unique specialised health and social care support for vulnerable adults, helping them gain greater independence and integration at the heart of their chosen communities, safely, rather than isolating them.

It’s also helped ease the burden on local services whilst ensuring the people we serve get the very best care. Society benefits and financial costs are cut.  MP’s currently pitching to voters ahead of the General Election in May can look no further than the approach of ubu and uStep.

They need to think long and hard about their own long term goals and be decisive.
Care can be improved as budgets are reined in while society reaps the benefits.  NHS practitioners admit that it is a victim of its own success. 
We are all living longer and demanding higher levels of state funded care. Our innovative and economic model has set the standard in the way it changes lives and helps families. The proof is there!

More approaches like it are needed or the industry will end up at a financial dead end.

The economic case for uStep

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