Healthcare experts, LaingBuisson, have just announced the finalists of the Independent Specialist Care Awards and Ivydale Road in London, has been shortlisted in the supported living category.

The awards recognise the innovation and excellence in the specialist care sector, with finalists shortlisted for a wide range of accolades which include; excellence in dementia care, autistic spectrum services and personalisation.

This specialist scheme for adults with learning disabilities has been innovative in the way it offers support. Each customer has their own Individual Service Fund to pay for the support they need but instead of making decisions on behalf of the residents, they have been put firmly in the hands of our customers.

The scheme was redeveloped in 2011 to provide a completely person-centred service with a three-part contract; the local authority, Family Mosaic and the customer having equal control and choice over the service provided, creating a package that’s right for them and leading on the support they receive.

For the majority of customers, this is their first move into independent living following a move from their parents home or registered care homes, in one case after 20 years.

Not only does the service provide innovative support, it also achieves measurable outcomes. Prior to moving into the scheme, one customer’s support package cost the local authority £3500 per week. Thanks to the work of staff this has been reduced to just under £1800.

Lizi Baker, Family Mosaic Operations Manager who oversees the service, is proud to use Ivydale Road as a shining example of a positive support service for customers with learning disabilities:

Our innovative approach, flexible model of support and Individual Service Fund management has proved life changing for our customers, proving that changing the landscape of supported housing can have an enormously positive impact for customers and commissioners alike.

Now in its fifth year, the Independent Specialist Care Awards continues to provide a platform from which the specialist care sector can showcase its major achievements. The winners will be announced at a black tie Gala Dinner, to be held at the London Lancaster Hotel in March 2015.

LaingBuisson CEO William Laing commented:

I was pleased to see not only another rise in the number of nominations but also maintenance of the high standard of quality from previous years. To be shortlisted for one of these awards is an incredible achievement and I look forward to meeting the winners when they are recognised for their excellence in this competitive arena.

The awards ceremony is taking place in March 2015 where the final winners will be announced. For more information take a look at the Laing Buisson website: www.laingbuisson.co.uk