|A new way for councils and social care organisations to check with people if they are really delivering personalisation was launched at the National Children's and Adults Services conference on Friday 21 October.|
|Think Local, Act Personal has published three linked papers for councils to reduce unnecessary and expensive process while extending the authenticity of personal budgets. This includes new advise on direct payments, support planning and a minimum process framework.|
|This new report from Think Local, Act Personal summarises research to date on personal budget delivery, identifies the most common barriers and provides advice on how to address them.|
|The National Market Development Forum includes commissioners and providers from across the public, private and voluntary sectors. Its purpose is to explore some of the challenges of market development in adult social care, and to propose practical ways in which partners can work together to address them in the future. Market development in adult social care demands a fundamental change in the way commissioners, providers and people using services interact with each other.|
|From the Partnership|
|Transforming social care through direct payments|
|The government has challenged councils to significantly improve take up of direct payments and work towards making them the default offer for adult social care. |
We believe that this is the right direction of travel. Evidence from the recent POET survey has shown that direct payments significantly improve outcomes for all groups of people who use them, but so far increases in personal budgets have not been matched with increases in direct payments. Whilst direct payments are not right for everyone, we think that to truly transform Adult Social Care, much more needs to be done to make direct payments accessible, safe and manageable for the majority of people using social care services.
To coincide with the launch of Think Local Act Personal's (TLAP's) guidance on direct payments, TLAP, and the National Centre for Independent Living are hosting a series of nine regional events across England aimed at giving practical support and tools to councils to make a step change in their local delivery of direct payments.
|In the coming months, we will be asking to social care providers and those interested in personalisation to demonstrate their commitment by signing up to Making it Real. These Markers will help build the picture of how England is going with transforming adult social care. We are piloting this over the next few months. Sign up will be via our website but if you would like more information you can register your interest by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org. |