It is one of the government's seven social work practice pilots that are testing the outsourcing of statutory social work functions to independent organisations, but is the only one to take responsibility for all social work services. It is also the only social enterprise in England focusing exclusively on statutory adult social work (see below), and will give staff a stake in the running of the business.
Prior to 1 September, focus had been operating as part of North East Lincolnshire Clinical Commissioning Group (previously North East Lincolnshire Care Trust Plus), which is responsible for adult social care in the area under an agreement with the local authority. The CCG will commission focus and fund its running costs, while the two organisations will share a pooled budget for the funding of care packages and personal budgets, whose use will be governed by a partnership agreement.
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