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Kate Sibthorp Where do we go from here? A response to the Whorlton Hall scandal

Kate Sibthorp is a mum to a daughter with learning disabilities and autism. She is also a member of the National Co-production Advisory Group (NCAG).

Katie’s diary - shadowing the Director of Adult Services and Making it Real in Shropshire

Katie, a member of Shropshire Council’s Making it Real board and someone accessing services locally, discusses a life changing day in her life shadowing the Director of Adult Services and Making it Real in Shropshire.

Making it Real - a system for change

About twelve years ago, I was involved in discussions with a local authority and clinical commissioning group to agree good support for my dad, who had dementia.

Kate Sibthorp What does Making it Real have to say about Valentine’s Day?

Does anyone love Valentine’s Day? Apart from the shops selling cards, flowers, chocolates and romantic dinners?

Caroline Speirs Making it Real - something wonderful this way comes?

Caroline Speirs, Head of Think Local Act Personal, blogs about shifting power and unlocking traditional mind sets with Making it Real.

TLAP response to the Universal Personalised Care – Implementing the Comprehensive Model

Clenton Farquharson MBE, Chair of the TLAP Board says,
"I applaud the aspiration of the Universal Personalised Care Comprehensive Model. It demonstrates the NHS’s shift to a more personalised approach to health where people with long-term and mental health conditions can rightfully expect support which fits around the context of their lives, rather than patients to be solely diagnosed and treated.

Norman Lamb MP(JPG - 5Kb) Norman Lamb MP on why you should be making it real

Former Care Minister Norman Lamb MP, supporter of TLAP and advocate for Making it Real discusses his frustrations with the social care system and why the Making it Real framework can support meaningful change.

Spotlight on Manor Community & how they are using Making it Real

"It was a good quality benchmark for our area of adult social care. If more organisations use it, we can start benchmarking ourselves against each other and hopefully be able to better represent what good and outstanding care looks like from the point of view of people who access care and support".


Kate Sibthorp Making New Year’s Resolutions Real

As mum to a young woman with learning disabilities and autism, Kate’s been thinking about how Making it Real could inspire personal assistants and support staff to help people like her daughter achieve their New Year’s resolutions.

Kate Sibthorp Carers Rights Day and a reminder to Make it Real

The Making it Real I statement, “I know what my rights are and can get information and advice on all the options for my health, care and housing” applies to carers and also to the people we care for. It is matched by the We statement, “We make sure people know their legal rights and responsibilities”.

James Sanderson Personalised care in the NHS and Making it Real

Personalised care is an increasing priority for the delivery of NHS services, to ensure people have more choice and control over the way their care is planned and delivered.

What good looks like – fresh perspectives on personalised care and support

Think Local Act Personal, the leadership organisation for personalisation, has published a new framework on what good care and support looks like across social care, health and housing.

Kate Sibthorp What keeps you awake at night?

Do you worry about who’s going to love your children when you’re gone? I do. And so do other parents who have sons and daughters who need support.