The Making it Real programme has been a shared effort across social care and health. Voluntary sector partners have been well represented on our Board and with our Experts by Experience at the heart of the programme, our approach is based on genuine co-production and power sharing at the most senior level.
One of the great things about working with TLAP is that you get to hear about genuinely innovative work taking place across our sector. You also get to speak to sector leaders who, despite the ongoing slings and arrows of outrageous fortune, remain enthused about the potential to transform outcomes. Stuart Cowley, Director of Adult Social Services in Wigan, is one such leader.
When the Think Local Act Personal Partnership (TLAP) was formed it had, what was, and is still, a radical agenda to put people at the centre of their own care and support. The aim was to make sure they were the ones who could choose and control what they needed to live a better life.
Last time I blogged we were six months into the development of our Information and Advice Strategy and feeling cautiously optimistic. Using the TLAP toolkit had given us a road map. We felt like we knew where we were going, and were excited to get there even if it did look like a long journey!
Today I visited Debbie Brown, Coaching Consultant at Barnet Council to find out how they are incorporating strengths based approaches into assessments and changing the council’s work so that practitioners can take this approach.
Personalisation does not happen when policies are created or when social workers are allocated or when assessments and reviews are completed. Personalisation happens on a human level – when one person takes the time and trouble to really pay attention to another person, when a person listens without interrupting and opens a space of discovery.
Two weeks into my new role with Think Local Act Personal (TLAP), I'm learning quickly just how the organisation takes hold of difficult issues and brings the social care sector together to unpick them and move forward.
Building community capacity network member Claudia Gold shares her experience of working for The Conservation Volunteers on the award winning initiative, Green Gym. Recognising the value and impact of this programme, Nesta and the Cabinet Office are supporting its development across the country.
This is first to let you know that we have just updated the strategy tool with some more helpful resources on Information and Advice, that have become available over the last few months. There clearly continues to be live interest in this aspect of Care Act Implementation - and some valuable pilot work is going on at national, regional and local levels.
The landscape of care and support is changing rapidly, however the digital changes that we have seen while accessing care and support have not been as radical or as timely as other sectors. Care and support apps in many ways seem a bit underdeveloped and somewhat behind their mainstream and commercial counterparts.
In many ways it was a shock to be asked to be the first person who has experience of accessing services to open the National Children and Adult Services Conference 2015 (NCASC). Who could ever have imagined that that anyone would want to listen to little old me? I have gone from the asylum, to addressing many of our local leaders.
The Care Act (2014) expects councils to develop local markets that are as diverse as their local populations and offer choice to all. In the 'People not Process: Co-production in commissioning' guidance produced by TLAP in 2015 we showed how people were getting valuable support from 'non-traditional providers'.