I recently had the pleasure of talking with a group of people working in Health and Social Care in Wigan who are really trying to transform the offer of social care support in the town. They want to use Individual Service Funds (ISF’s) to help make this happen.
When you think about co-production, do you ever think about the space you do it in and how it affects what you are saying? Continuing the theme of constructive conversations which Adam Webb began with his blog last week, Catriona Duncan-Rees now considers space and the impact it has on co-productive conversations.
Last week I got an email from a colleague. ‘It’s happening. The group is going it alone! They don’t want me to go anymore! No more arguing with my director about why I’m involved! It’s been seven years!’
A key feature and focus of Think Local Act Personal’s current work is to understand better the gap between the rhetoric of personalisation policy and the reality of personalised care and support that people who use services experience.
Words matter. Not a new thought, but it has to be said again and again. The words we choose can make something clear, or make it mysterious. They can help people understand, or confuse them more than ever. Words can invite the reader or listener ‘in’, or they can keep them ‘out’.
My name is Sally Percival, I co-chair The National Co-production Advisory Group and The Think Local Act Personal Partnership, but more importantly I care for my son Alex and my mother Audree both of whom have a personal budget that I manage.
The TLAP Partnership exists to support transformation through personalisation and community centred approaches. Several times a year we meet to identify sector-wide priorities and develop solutions to tackling and overcoming barriers.
To coincide with Learning Disability Week 2017 and NHS England’s conference, Sue Turner sets out some of the learning from three sites who have been implementing Personal Health Budgets (PHBs) for children and young people with complex needs.
Community Circles are delighted to have recently joined the Think Local Act Personal Partnership (TLAP). Community Circles started in 2012 when Helen Sanderson invited a few us to get together to think how we could develop circles of support at scale. From those initial conversations, we are now developing Community Circles in Torbay, London, Wigan, Doncaster and Dumfries.
We’re in the middle of celebrating Volunteers’ Week, an annual event to recognise and celebrate the millions of volunteers all across the UK. Read Spice CEO Ian Merrill's account of the difference the Time Credit model has made to their volunteers, backed up by results from their latest impact evaluation.
Ann Skinner, chief executive of Resolving Chaos, outlines what they are doing to support people with multiple and complex needs and suggests that the Making It Real Framework offers principles that underpin their work - even when it goes beyond health and social care.