|Making it Real is now live!|
|Making it Real: Marking Progress with Personalisation and Community-based Support was launched by gold medal winning Paralympian Danny Crates earlier this month at the Community Care Live 2012 conference. The campaign encourages organisations that pay for, or provide, social care services to get real about improving people's lives. We are asking social care organisations to go online to publicly declare their commitment to changing the way older and disabled adults experience care and support. |
Written by older and disabled people and family carers themselves, and supported by a major coalition of the social care sector's leading organisations, Making it Real sets out what people expect to see and experience if they are using truly personalised care and support that provides more choice, control and freedom to live as independently as possible. These are then matched against the key elements that need to be in a place in an organisation to make these experiences possible.
So far more than 165 organisations from across the UK have signed up.
A film from the launch including Danny's inspiring story will be on the Making it Real website in the coming weeks.
|Personalisation, personal budgets, carers and employment |
|Philipa Russell, Chair of the Standing Commission on Carers writes for TLAP seeking information from our readers about progress in encouraging carers to use personalisation and personal budgets to improve the quality not only of their relative's life but also of their own.|
"On a recent series of fact finding visits, the Standing Commission on Carers was concerned at the high level of anxiety expressed by many carers about the shift to personal budgets. Whereas many disabled people have welcomed the flexibility and creativity provided, carers worried about potential administrative burdens; were unsure what the market might offer to purchase and feared the loss of existing services and an expectation to 'do more with less'..."
Let Philippa know how carers are being supported through personal budgets to remain in employment at email: email@example.com.
|The Queen's Speech 2012: Draft bill on social care announced|
|A draft bill on overhauling care and support for elderly and disabled people in England has been announced in the Queen's Speech. The bill will put "people in control of their care and give them greater choice," ministers say. The contentious issue of how social care is paid for is still unclear.|
|Invitation to participate in an exciting new health and social care leadership programme|
|The Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS) will bring together senior leaders from across the country to explore how to grow and nurture local social capital in order to build stronger communities and improve health and wellbeing. The partnership programme will help to shape the national debate around communities, co-production and public sector leadership. Topics will include: the business case for building stronger communities; collaborative leadership and integration.|
The programme is aimed at health and social care leaders in senior roles who want to be part of a movement for change and reform. For further information and to register interest please email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
|Find Me Good Care|
|The Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE) is developing a website to help people to make informed choices about care. Find Me Good Care will guide users through comprehensive information about care options and will include a comprehensive database of regulated and unregulated services.|
The site will go live this summer and will provide information about services for all adults.
|The National Market Development Forum: preview of new materials to be released over the summer|
|A series of new tools to help providers, commissioners and people who use services to work together to change the social care market will be launched over the summer.|
TLAP's National Market Development Forum (NMDF), chaired by Bill Mumford (MD of MacIntyre and Chairman of Voluntary Organisations Disability Group) has been charged with the task of considering how to facilitate many of the outcomes set out in Making it Real.
"Put simply, our challenge is to facilitate a greater choice of affordable, locally available, responsive services that people want. We are about to launch a number of products which we hope will make for effective market relationships, facilitated by open conversations and help you find answers locally."
Bringing together senior representatives of local authorities, leaders of provider associations, members of the TLAP Co-production Group and support organisations including Skills for Care, SITRA and SCIE, the Forum's activity has focused on the following three areas:
1. Market Facilitation and Procurement: Workshop materials are being developed to help commissioners, providers and people who use services understand each other's concerns, start new conversations and change the way they interact with each other when it comes to funding, providing and using local services.
2. Quality Assurance and Improvement: following an extensive trawl of already existing and numerous quality assurance schemes, a new statement of principles is being written that describes the essential elements that should exist in any quality assurance system.
3. Personalisation of the Market: A summary report has been compiled illustrating how a range of different providers are delivering against the Making it Real markers to show "what good looks like" in fully personalised support. 12 new case studies of good practice in registered homes and home care services will shortly be published in an updated Blueprint for Personalised Care and Support found on the TLAP website.
Finally, a Protocol for Market Relations, which describes what the NMDF would like to see adopted by all key parties involved in the market, will also be published, with the aim of enabling more productive and less antagonistic relationships between commissioners, providers and people who use services to inform and develop what is needed locally.
For further information on the work of the National Market Development forum email: email@example.com.
|Join the Making it Real conversation on our blog |
|The most recent TLAP blogs have focused on the hot issue of co-production - how to make it real and get the conversation started. |
TLAP's Making it Real Project Co-ordinator and Co-production and Equalities lead Shahana Ramsden writes a detailed account of how she has worked with a highly committed group of people who use services, family carers and citizens to develop Making it Real; and provides her top tips for others who want to get started with co-production.
Our 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. We encourage you to leave your comments on any of the issues raised by the blogs.
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