15 adult service pilots likely

Fifteen councils have applied to pilot social work practices in adult services, LGC has learned.

The new operations would be social worker-led and allow staff to opt out of council employment and set up their own GP-style organisations to provide aspects of social care to specific groups of service users.

A Department of Health source declined to give details of the bids but confirmed that “a number” had been received and were being scrutinised.

Birmingham City Council is understood to be among the authorities, having signalled its interest in proposals for reshaping its adult services.

Social work practices were originally introduced for staff working with looked-after children.

Earlier this month the Department for Education approved the creation of six further such practices in addition to five existing pilot practices.