New TLAP National Self-directed Support Forum launched
This week, TLAP launched a new National Self-Directed Support Forum. It brought together a group of people who have experience and insights about the delivery of self-directed support; that are positive about working together to make progress and will take personal responsibility for helping to see that progress made. The group included people using public services and those commissioning and providing them; as well as social workers, academics and representatives of national and local government.
The forum will really drill down and focus on key aspects like making personal budgets work for older people, and finding ways of joining up health and social care provision for individuals. It will meet in person several times a year, but will also operate as a supported e-network of members that will work to share solutions and provide mutual support. Where there are issues identified that the forum knows it can bring collective experiences to tackle, we'll organise task and finish groups to develop the work and share it with the wider sector.
The Forum is chaired by Bridget Warr, Chief Executive of the UK Homecare Association and the TLAP Partnership Board lead for self-directed support. A report from the first forum's meeting will be ready and uploaded to the TLAP website shortly. In the meantime, to find out more about what the Forum aims to achieve, read Bridget Warr's guest blog here.