A recent study, commissioned by Natural England, has found that care farmers will have to try some new approaches if they want their services to become more mainstream.
‘Expanding delivery of care farming services to health and social care commissioners‘ is a follow-on study to Natural England’s earlier review of care farming. It aims to develop an understanding of how care farmers are currently engaging with health and social care commissioners; to discover the key information needed by those commissioners to enable larger scale commissioning of care farming services; and to determine the best means of providing this information at both local and national levels.
It ends with five sets of recommendations to: raise awareness of care farming; promote care farm services to commissioners; access large scale contracts; ensure the quality of service; and develop evidence of care farming’s effectiveness.
The report can be read in full in the window below: