Deciding to 'spin-out' your in-house social care service is a big step, and not one for the fainthearted.  Evidence of success is varied across the country but what they all have in common is that spinning out takes a great deal of investment and comes with a high degree of risk with respect to quality, financials, staff morale etc.  A model which is increasingly taking hold in the sector is that of partnering with an already proven entity.  Why go it alone if you can partner?  Optalis is a successful LATC, now trading in its 4th year, providing a wide range of adult social care services on behalf of the LA, as well as to the self-pay market.  Mette Le Jakobsen, Partnerships Director, will be sharing Optalis' experience and facilitating a discussion about the options available to local authorities.