The Changing Landscape
Friday March 18th 2005 12:00 – 16:00 Napier Room, Hilton Hotel, Olympia, London
The meeting was called to consider who buys music therapy services in the UK and how music therapy organisations are responding to a changing public sector climate.
There has been much debate in Music Therapy about training, practice and research. We also need to consider who buys this service in the UK and how we/they contract for it. Relationships between the public sector and voluntary/charity sector are changing. Government is seeking to build capacity in the voluntary sector to deliver the services currently provided by county councils, LAs, LEAs, Social and Health Care Services.
- What are the implications for a national Music Therapy Service?
- What has been our experience of contracting with the public sector?
- Are there actions we can take to protect our existing contracts?
- Can we renegotiate our existing contracts based on full economic costing?
- How can Music Therapy organisations secure sustainable service level agreements?
The meeting explored the existing situation with contributors from the public sector and the service providers. The meeting identified strategies for building sustainable relationships between music therapy service providers and the public sector, with the long term aim of setting an agenda for dealing with change at a national level.