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Welcome to the TLAP and partner newsletter. This edition has a blog from TLAP's head Caroline Speirs, an opinion piece from the chair Clenton Farquharson, and a full round up of partner reports and surveys to keep you informed and engaged these winter months. 

TLAP Head Caroline Speirs took issue with a controversial question posed by a conference delegate on the 'value' of personalisation and responded with a no-holds-barred critique. 

The long overdue social care green paper has been delayed further due to the outbreak of Covid-19, as has been implied by health and social care secretary Matt Hancock at a press conference. TLAP chair Clenton Farquharson and King’s Fund Simon Bottery share their views in Care Management Matters.

An innovation in community centred support – Bristol

In a part of Bristol that is in the top 10%  most deprived wards in the country Neighbours Connect Southmead are successfully matching local volunteers with participants to great effect - reducing dependency and enhancing people's wellbeing. 


Simon Wilson and Katherine Wynne, used their lived experience of disability to inform the updated guidance for direct payment holders, councils, CCGs, providers of care and support including PAs. Their valuable inputs will help more people manage the support and services that they access. They have proven the maxim of ‘nothing about us without us’!

Comprehensive spending review

In response to last week's comprehensive spending review announcement many of the TLAP partners voiced concerns. Here are some of the reactions from Care Provider AllianceADASS and Carers UK

Before the announcement social care leaders, including TLAP head Caroline Speirs and chair Clenton Farquharson, laid out a set of priorities for the review based on a collective vision for social care. 


Guidance for the health and care sector from 1 January 2021 is out. It offers information for industry and organisations involved in health and care on preparing for the end of the transition period on 31 December 2020.

Date for the diary

Stay Up Late ambassadors will come face to face with the chief social worker Mark Harvey and others to revisit this question that was put to drummer Michael of Heavy Load. See how it might have been addressed in a person-centred way. Bookmark the time.


The latest ADASS survey shows the debilitating effects of Covid-19 on our society with councils reporting huge increases in demand for most forms of adult social care & support. 

National Care Forum have produced a snap shot of the issues affecting adult social care providers during the second wave of the pandemic. It offers a mixed picture on the areas of testing, visits, PPE, workforce and finance.

Carers UK research shows unpaid carers are providing care worth £530 million each day of the pandemic, leaving many carers exhausted.

With the support of ten leading organisations, the Association of Mental Health Providers are calling on government to review how the terms in health and care legislation can be amended to secure the provision of and access to welfare rights, money & debt advice to improve health & wellbeing.

Social workers

This year's awards ceremony was a  celebration of  all  social workers and their dedication and commitment  in the face of the unique challenges posed by Covid-19. Members of TLAP's National Co-production Advisory Group took part to express their appreciation.


Nurses and midwives

The Nursing and Midwifery council have produced Caring with Confidence a series of short animations to support their workforce with meeting the code of professional standards. The seventh in the series address person-centred care.  

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