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Keeping up the spirit – a Partnership challenge
'The TLAP Partnership has often been described as the moral heart of the social care system. If this is the case, then we are perfectly positioned to return the focus of the narrative to personalisation as a rights based issue, and not one of systems or process. That is the spirit of the Care Act and the challenge from National Coproduction Advisory Group members to us'.

Lynda Tarpey, TLAP director, offers suggestions on how to reframe the debate about care and support in terms of equalities, trust and parity of esteem between state and citizen.  

Read Lynda's blog
Market Development Policy Advisor joins TLAP
Adam Webb has ten years experience of personalisation policy work across local government and will be heading up our work to support local authority commissioning and market shaping.

He is keen to hear from anyone with good examples of innovation in the commissioning of care and support. Please get in touch with information regarding outcomes-based commissioning, co-production and integration with health. He would also like to hear from councils on their progress in meeting the market-shaping duties in Section 5 of the Care Act. 

Read Adam’s biog
News from the TLAP partners
VODG calls for central role in NHS amid cuts and uncertainty
VODG have launched a new report outlining the need for a closer partnership between health and voluntary groups.

The paper describes the challenges and solutions to more joined up approaches to health and care. It emphasises that collaboration is vital amid ongoing funding cuts and post –Brexit- related uncertainties relating to workforce, funding, policy and legislation.

VODG present a series of actions that voluntary care providers could take to move closer to health.

View the report
Free guide from ARC to support people with learning disabilities
Family carers and learning disability providers are often asked to act as an 'Appropriate Adult' for a person with a learning disability whom they support, however, many are untrained and have little experience of the criminal justice system themselves.

Did you know?

  • Young people with learning disabilities represent 30% of people in custody
  • 10% of the prison population has a diagnosed learning disability (that’s 8,000 people in England & Wales)
This free downloadable guide explains the role of an 'Appropriate Adult' and provides information about the criminal justice system, explaining terms that we have often heard but not fully understood.

View the guide
Person-centred dementia care from SCIE
The importance of the person-centred approach is a theme that runs through all SCIE resources on dementia.

Pamela Holmes, SCIE practice development manager writes about a new Health Education England film, Finding Patience – The Later Years. It offers a powerful examination of the benefits of taking this approach.

Read Pamela's article
Training opportunities with SCIE
New autumn training courses from SCIE including Co-production, Care Act, Dementia, Deafblind assessors, MCA and Safeguarding Adults.

Find out more and book now
Department of Health supports new Care Act Guides for Occupational Therapists
Occupational therapists are recognised by the government as fundamental to the successful implementation of the key principles enshrined within the Care Act. They have published a series of guides that have the most implications for the work of occupational therapists:

  • Wellbeing
  • Prevention
  • Disabled Facilities Grants
  • Transitions, custodial settings, employment, training and education  
The Guides are free to download from or can be purchased at a cost of £6 each or all four publications for £18. Order form can be found at

Job opportunities with Hull City Council Adult Social Care
Care and support in Hull is changing and Hull City Council are looking for people to join their adult social care team. Embedding the principles of personalisation and delivering the aims of early help and prevention will be key requirements of the roles they are offering.

More information and applications
TLAP Care Act survey - soon to be published
TLAP will be publishing a Care Act survey in early September. One year on from the implementation of the Care Act, we want to hear about the experiences of people with care and support needs to find out what difference the Act is making.

There have been many Care Act surveys, but this one will be the first that seeks the views of people who have been directly impacted by the changes.

The results  will be used, alongside information from councils and others to help the Department of Health identify problems and workable solutions to inform future work on the Care Act.   

Please watch this space.

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