|How to commission really good direct payment support|
|Direct payments lead to better outcomes than managed budgets. So said the POET survey published in June last year. Simon Stockton, Director of Groundswell Partnership, writes in this week's TLAP blog that this echoes the claims that many disability organisations have made for years that, put simply, direct payments work.|
A new guide, co-authored by Simon, Best Practice in Direct Payment Support: a guide for commissioners is based on work with people currently using direct payments, providers and commissioners. The guide was developed from an identified list of "must haves" for what an ideal support service, or range of support services, should be doing and delivering.
|TLAP welcomes new ADASS president and SCIE Chief Executive |
|The Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE) and the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS) welcome a new Chief Executive and President. |
Andrea Sutcliffe, who was formerly the Chief Executive of the Appointments Commission, joined SCIE on the 10 April. Sarah Pickup is due to take up her role President of ADASS on 18 April. TLAP wish both luck in their new roles and look forward to working with them in 2012-13.
|TLAP Self-directed support forum|
|The TLAP self-directed support forum will bring together people and organisations determined to make self-directed support work in social care and linked public services. Its membership will include people with both knowledge and insight into what is currently happening in implementation and with experience and ideas to aid improvement. This includes people using public services and those commissioning and providing them. Members will also include representatives of national and local government and of leading provider bodies. The forum will meet for the first time on the 24 April in London. |
Look out for a blog from the forum chair, Bridget Warr, Chief Executive of UK Home Care Association, next week
|Building community capacity through volunteering|
|TLAP is pleased to be working with Skills for Care, ADASS and SCIE to set out the contribution volunteering can make to building community capacity. The joint report will be released in time for the forthcoming Department of Health adult social care White Paper. |
More details will be released on the TLAP website over the summer.
|The National Market Development Forum - an update |
|The National Market Development Forum is a work stream of the TLAP Partnership. The forum will act to facilitate many of the outcomes set out in Making it Real , the main challenge of the forum will be to promote a greater choice of affordable, locally available and responsive services that people want.|
The forum is due to launch resources which will advise on forming effective market relationships, promote open conversations and help providers, commissioners and people who use services to work together in finding answers locally.
|The What Makes Us Healthy? report will inspire and support those who want to look again at what they are doing to improve health and wellbeing and to tackle health inequalities. The report contains specially commissioned articles on the evidence for the beneficial effects of assets such as social relationships and networks on health and wellbeing. It includes many examples and ideas about how to put asset principles into practice, support with evaluation and how to assess whether the new ways of working are having an impact. |
|Join the conversation with our Friday blogs|
|Our Friday blogs are a place for TLAP's members to share with others what they have tried, learned and wish for as they tackle challenges in making a difference to people's lives through personalisation and community-based support.|
Catch up with previous blogs and leave your comments on any of the issues raised by the blogs.
|Unlocking potential and innovation in local communities|
|NESTA's latest guide Neighbourhood Challenge: Learning from innovative communities focuses on approaches that work in unlocking potential and innovation in local communities. The Neighbourhood Challenge project is developing new ways of supporting community-led innovation in order to release creative potential within local communities.|
The interim paper explores their two main insights so far - that communities, even those with low social capital, have the potential to generate their own solutions to their own priorities. The second is that funders and support agencies have an important role to play in creating the enabling conditions required for community-led innovation to flourish.
|The March 2012 edition of "Update", the personal health budgets information sheet, has been published. |
This edition includes:
* Headline story: Personal health budgets toolkit
* Understanding personal health budgets leaflet
* Seeking personal health budgets stories
* Peoplehub online forum for people with a budget
* What's happening locally
* In the news
* Programme milestones
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