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Welcome to this edition of TLAP news. I was delighted that Matt Hancock and Caroline Dinenage, Minister of State for Care, recently expressed their commitment to Making it Real. 

This is incredibly important for TLAP, and we thank partners and everyone who was involved in the development of Making it Real.

We are actively encouraging more organisations to get involved. Skills for Care have recently done so; I hope their action will help set the example and build momentum for further personalised practice across the workforce.

Please do spare a few moments to read our e-newsletter below and sign up to the webinars, events and listen to the podcast. 

Caroline Speirs
Head of TLAP  

TLAP news
'Lighting the blue touch paper of recovery' -  Mental health and personalisation report 

How three organisations are weaving together recovery, co-production and peer support to deliver personalised care and support. Read our new report and listen to the short podcast with Kate Linksy, author, and Isaac Samuels, NCAG. 

A place called home - book now for new webinar 20th August  

The housing crisis remains an essential topic for colleagues across health and social care. Our next webinar will address the policy context, the state of the market, and how we can improve housing outcomes with Making it Real. Book now for the webinar hosted by Natasha Burberry, TLAP Policy Advisor. 

Stories of success in support planning: Wiltshire Centre for Independent Living

"A trusted partnership with the council is the fundamental building block." Martin Walker, TLAP Policy Advisor, offers the first case study from his road trip looking for good support planning practice. Read the Wiltshire case study  and his article Is support planning working?

Making it Real experiences

Could you learn from Bexley Council and its approach to Making it Real & ISFs?  asks Martin Walker following a recent event in which people with lived experience shared what it means to them.  

Find out how Catriona Duncan-Rees and colleagues from the National Co-produciton Advisory Group have been making waves at Shropshire Council at their Making it Real event with a focus on direct payments. 

Partner news
Can qualitative information support improvement?

"Considering the views of individuals, family and carers produces better outcomes and often can save time and money as well.  We all have a responsibility to invest in this".  Read Natasha's blog on the LGA's involvment of people with lived experience to update the High Impact Change Model.

Medicines support

TLAP partner NICE has launched a new series of resources encouraging better medicines support for people in the community and at home.

Leadership for Empowered Communities and Personalised Care Programme – closing date 6 September 2019. 

Apply now for this highly acclaimed programme. This year's programme has been extended to help leaders meet the new challenge of making personalised care a reality in health and care, in response to the emphasis placed on personalised care in the NHS Long Term Plan.  

Find out more about the programme and apply here.  

New NICE/SCIE quick guide -  Giving medicines covertly

Adults should not be given medicines covertly unless they have been assessed as lacking the mental capacity to make decisions about their health or medicines. This quick guide will help care home and home care managers to ensure that decisions about giving medicines covertly are made in the person’s best interests. The guide, available online and as a PDF,  will also be very useful for staff training.

Access Giving medicines covertly

Webinar from NICE/SCIE: Evidence for strengths and asset-based approaches for social work practice

Find out about the evidence for strengths and assets-based outcomes, and learn how to implement models of practice and interventions for this approach. If you can’t make it on the day – no problem. Just sign up and we will send you a link to the recording.

Date: 23 July  Time: 1-2pm

Sign up: NICE/SCIE webinar


A good read
Story of a selfish pig

We've had a recommendation for this edition's Good Read section.

Hugh Marriot's Selfish Pig's guide to caring is said to be extremely helpful in understanding the role of a carer and the needs of the person cared for.

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