As a working carer of fifty years, I warmly welcome the long awaited Carers Action Plan 2018-2020 and its recognition that ‘it makes good business sense to consider what flexible working practices might help both the employer and the employee’.
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.