Objective of the Transformation Focus Groups:

To design and implement a local transformation plan by March 2019 that has been achieved through co-production.


  • Decision making to be as close to Customers as possible
  • Transformation Focus Groups established in 8 locations across Somerset
  • Governance Group established to consider and approve /reject significant decisions
  • Move to community based support or move to existing centres that are becoming community hubs
  • Not to have segregated day services
  • Maintain and grow links with community organisations and micro providers
  • Move from day support Monday – Friday to offering evening and weekends
  • Move away from traditional transport options
  • Reviews for all customers we currently support, with clear outcomes and a personal budget
  • Clear pathway to evidence all stakeholders involvement
  • Opportunity for paid employment for all through allocation of a job coach to each transformation group
  • Volunteer strategy for each location
  • NDTi monitoring and evaluating the transformation journey

Membership and Group details:

Transformation Focus Groups have been developed in 8 locations across Somerset:
Minehead – Lead Group, Taunton, Bridgwater, Huntspill, Frome, Yeovil, Chard, Glastonbury.

Each group is made up of the following membership:

Donna Reece Project Coordinator F4 – Facilitator
2 Customers, supported by Beccy Simmonds
2 Staff
2 Parent / Carers / family consultant
Supported Employment
Team Manager

Transformation Focus Group Governance panel – Meet Quarterly:

Area Director F4 – Michelle Wiles
Finance Director – Lisa Evans
Director of Operations or Managing Director
Project Coordinator F4 – Donna Reece
Somerset County Council Commissioner

Transformation of day services 2017-18

day service focus group graphic


Transformation focus group

Co-production working group made up of customers, staff, parents / carers / Project Coordinator F4 and Area Director F4. The group focus is on the planning and implementation of developing existing day services to become more inclusive and community accessed rather than traditional building based.

Meetings held monthly or bi monthly.

Day Service speaking up groups:

To include the customer representatives from the Transformation Focus Group. Facilitated by staff champions – these will be the staff representatives from the Transformation Focus group. The agenda is set by customers. Minutes will be cascaded to all members and to executive team, board, family and Area Directors.

Meetings to be held quarterly.

Discovery steering group meeting

Includes Area Director, Project Coordinator, Aspire manager, Team manager Minehead, volunteer Minehead, parent carer consultant; feedback provided from each group. Focused agenda item relevant to where Discovery is. Collaborative approach to future changes and strategies.

Meetings to be held quarterly.

Day Services Governance Panel

Commissioners, Discovery Chief Executive, Finance Director, Area Director, Project Coordinator. To provide scrutiny, governance and formal approval for funding associated with 8 transformation plans.


Developing equal partnerships between people who use services, carers and professionals.

National development team for inclusion – NDTi

A not for profit organisation working to enable people at risk of exclusion, due to age or disability, to live the life they choose. Inspire and support policymakers, services and communities to make change happen; change that leads to better lives.


Commissioners decide what kinds of services should be provided to the people we support, who should provide them and how these services should be paid for.

Somerset Clinical Commissioning Group – CCG

Is a statutory body, established under the Health and Social Care Act 2012. Responsible for planning and buying services for 544,000 people across Somerset. Led by local doctors and healthcare professionals committed to improving the health of Somerset’s population.


An Individual Service Fund (ISF) is a different way for you to purchase your care from a care provider. An ISF gives you more choice and control over the support you need without having to take on the responsibility of managing the money. 

If you want to use your personal budget from the council to pay for support (such as home care) from a particular provider, the money can be held by that provider in an Individual Service Fund. You remain in control of what the money is spent on, but you don’t have the responsibility of managing the budget yourself.