Stephen Ladyman insisted today that the work of the Valuing
People support team would not be “diluted” by a merger
with six other government programmes.
The team is due to form part of the Care Services Improvement
Partnership (CSIP) alongside programmes including the National
Institute of Mental Health for England.
Speaking at a conference to launch the National Family Carer
Network in London, Ladyman said he would retain “absolute
commitment” to the future of Valuing People.
He added that he was still looking for a “suitable”
organisation to host the CSIP following the recent scrapping of the
proposed transfer of the programmes from the Department of Health
to the Social Care Institute for Excellence.
Ladyman welcomed the launch of the National Family Carer
Network, which is funded by the DoH and will be led by learning
difficulties’ charity the Home Farm Trust.
The Network aims to bring together individuals and groups of
carers of people with learning difficulties to share information
and provide support.
Co-ordinator Helen Dorr said she hoped the initiative would help
to alleviate the isolation of many carers struggling to cope on