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Moving beyond direct payments and re-thinking the role of commissioning
“Personalisation was never meant to be about just spending a budget; instead it was supposed to focus on: building people’s gifts, talents and desires -not on professional conceptions of ‘need’- and outcomes that strengthen the spirit and resilience of the person and their family….”

Today TLAP publishes Beyond Direct Payments. The guidance has been developed to make the case for new approaches to supporting people should a direct payment not be the preferred option. It challenges the view that support from micro-enterprises can only be purchased using a direct payment and offers alternative options for consideration.

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Ten tips to support the take-up of Individual Service Funds
Individual Service Funds are an attractive option for many people in receipt of a personal budget. They offer the flexibility to remain in control of what the money is spent on without the responsibility of managing the budget. Ten tips to promote their take-up is published today in Progress and pitfalls in Individual Service Funds. The guidance is based on the West Midlands Action Learning sets.

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Care Markets and Quality Forum in Manchester– 22nd Feb
This event will look at how residential and nursing homes are offering a personalised service and engaging with their local community. We would particularly like to extend this invitation to providers so they have the opportunity to hear from their peers. Speakers include Dame Philippa Russell, DBE; Christine Asbury, WCS Care; Helen Simmons, Nightingale Hammerson & Richard Macintyre, Friends of the Elderly.

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Constructive conversations in York - 15th March
A fragile care market and the challenges in social care means that it has never been more important to have constructive conversations across the sector between providers, commissioners and people who use services.

LGA and TLAP are hosting this event with the aim of understanding the different perspectives that will result in effective partnerships.

We are particulary interested to have more people with lived experience and carers attend. 

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Call for evidence – people coming together to arrange care & support - deadline 7th March
There can be advantages when people with care and support needs and carers come together to use their personal budgets. Funds are maximised so that more people can benefit from what is jointly purchased e.g. a group membership or the employment of a Personal Assistant. 

TLAP is looking for recent examples of people coming together to use their money to collectively purchase things to meet their care and support needs. 

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Innovation in social care
TLAP is collecting stories that showcase innovative ways to offer care and support that focus on an asset-based approach to people’s well-being rather than a deficit approach. 

This week we're showcasing Hidden Insights who have identified  how to help deliver community support at no or low cost.  

If you would like your innovation to be promoted in our online directory, please submit your one-page summary below. 

Read Hidden Insights one-page summary
Read their blog -Effective co-production in three simple steps
Download and submit your own one-page summary
Build on what exists for an asset-based area
“When it comes to developing an Asset-Based Area no one is ever starting from scratch”. Clive Miller & Alex Fox walk you through some guiding principles you may already have in place if you’re of an asset-based mind-set. Where you’re not, they offer some  audit tool tips in their latest How-to Guide for creating an asset-based area - part 3.

Read the how-to guide part 3
What can healthcare commissioners do in their own patch?
Are you a commissioner keen to give people and communities more of a say their local health services? The Coalition for Collaborative Care have published a handbook Commissioning for Community Development for Health.

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Skills for Care National Conference – 1st March
Skills for Care’s national conference is a chance for leaders and managers in adult social care and health to have an informed conversation about creating workforces that will effectively work together to offer high quality person-centred services.

Register here
The Big Social Care Survey
Carers Trust are campaigning for a system that works for everyone – including carers. If you’re a carer, please share your experiences of social care by completing their survey.  Your stories will help shape the campaign for a sustainably funded system.

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Understanding people’s experience of personal health budgets: new survey 1 March -31st April
NHS England has commissioned Quality Health to run an online survey to gather feedback about people’s experiences of personal health budgets in England so that they can improve how they are offered in England.

Who can take part

People who are currently in receipt of a personal health budget or integrated personal budget (combining health and social care funding) are invited to share their experiences.

Quality Health have over 30 years’ experience of running NHS surveys and have the necessary data protection and data security accreditation.


Register your interest or share the link with people who would be interested in taking part
Why I gave up the power of being a CEO
"One of the biggest challenges for me, in moving from CEO to self-management was that it gave me a different head space to focus on new ideas"

Helen Sanderson describes her journey from CEO of an international consultancy to setting up as a provider of Wellbeing Teams, inspired by Buurtzorg.

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