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Welcome to our round up of TLAP and partner news - packed with things to do and read for a grey November day.

Webinar: Understanding rights and entitlements in self-directed support - 13th November, 12.30-1.30

TLAP’s free webinar next week will help you unpick thorny issues that restrict choice and control in self-directed support.  Find out more and book your place now.

Podcast: Innovations in community-centred support

What do we mean by community-centred approaches? Listen to the conversation with Alex Fox, from Shared Lives Plus and TLAP’s Caroline Speirs, where they talk about what this means and how we can get better at it. Listen here (6 mins).  

Do you believe in fate?

"Sometimes you’re in the right place just at the right time". Martin Walker writes about meeting someone who is managing her family's care independently and what he learnt, in the latest  instalment of his road trip. Read Martin's article:  People doing it for themselves - stories of success in support planning

100,000 more people set to benefit from personal health budgets 

A change in the law means that 100,000 more people will have the right to a personal health budget. The change comes into force on Monday 2 December and will benefit people eligible for an NHS wheelchair and people who require aftercare services under section 117 of the Mental Health Act. Find your local CCG.

National Children and Adult Services Conference, 20-22nd Nov

If you're going, please come to our sessions and visit us on stand A32 to say hello.  

1.  Re-imagining social care: turning values into practical action, Wednesday 20th November 11.05 – 12.05 in Tregonwell Hall, Catch glimpses of an alternative future with its offer of a more hopeful story of how social care can transform lives with President of ADASS, Julie Ogley, Clenton Farquharson and others.

2. From the margins to the mainstream: learning about growing innovation with a new network on Wednesday November 4.30 – 5.30. Come to SCIE, Shared Lives and TLAP's session on the Social Care Innovation Network. Full NCASC programme. 

New report by Social Care Future

Social Care Future aims to reframe the way social care is talked about, understood and valued. Its new report is intended to stimulate debate amongst organisations interested in changing social care. Read the report: Talking about a brighter social care future. 

Do you need help understanding your local care market?

You are not alone - the LGA have designed a Markets and Modelling project; helpful for commissioning and market shaping. Take a look at your local market here.

Peer leadership academy – applications due 19 Dec

If you have experience of personalised approaches to health and care and would like to help promote personalised care, take a look at  NHS England and NHS Improvement’s Personalised Care Group in collaboration with Peoplehub and apply soon.

Social Work England free events

Calling social workers to attend events by Social Work England, soon to be the specialist regulators for the profession.

  • Nottinghamshire Deaf Society, Nottingham on Tuesday 12 November, 12.15-4pm
  • Cotton Court Business Centre, Preston on Tuesday 19 November, 12.15-4pm
Find out more and register for a free place here. Lunch is provided.

Association of Mental Health Providers, focus group on 13 Nov 10-12pm

TLAP partner AMHP is running a focus group for people living with mental illness and ‘frailty’ – someone less able to cope and recover from accidents, physical illness or other stressful events. To take part, please contact All participants will receive a gift voucher for their time and participation. More information here.

Job alert

The Association of Mental Health Providers is recruiting for a Social Enterprise Development Manager to deliver a broad range of support for charities and social enterprises, helping them make a transition to new models, or grow existing ones. Deadline noon, Wednesday 20 November - more details here.


Read Alex Fox's latest blog  - Impactful and satisfying social care roles - published on SCIE's blog spot which is previewing discussions at NCASC. 

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