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Creating a quality care market
Personalising residential care
How can residential care provide innovative support and reach out to communities?  This week’s Care Markets and Quality Forum posed these questions.

Dame Philippa Russell gave the opening address to a packed audience with representatives from Nightingale Hammerson, Friends of the Elderly and WCS Care.

@VoyageCare It has been a really positive day at @TLAP1 Care Markets and Quality Forum in Manchester today!  #CareMarketsQuality

Bill Davidson from @TLAP1 @NCAG17 closes the day saying the two words he is taking from today are 'compassionate ordinariness'. Says everything!


Read Philippa's blog
Find out more about the Care Markets and Quality Forum
Innovations in health and social care
Gig Buddies
We are delighted that so many of you are submitting examples of models of care that support a life and not a service!

This week we present Gig Buddies.  The Gig Buddies model seeks to support people with learning disabilities to build their networks, friendships and develop relationships with people who share their passion – in this instance, a passion for music gigs. The Gig Buddies approach invests time in creating conditions for natural, meaningful and genuine friendships to emerge allowing social networks to multiply. 

Do keep sending in your examples.  It’s important we demonstrate there are ways to deliver care and support that embeds co-production and is asset based.

Read Gig Buddies one-page summary to find out more
Find out more and share an example of an innovation
Getting to grips with asset-mapping
Asset mapping is easier than you think. Areas will have lots of assets. For example they will have self-help groups, resident associations and trade unions. Identifying them is the first step. Next you’ll need to collate the information into a map, and ideally ‘open source’ so it will be accessible and easy to update.  Clive Miller and Alex Fox give you a step-by-step guide in their fourth instalment from their how-to series for creating an asset-based area.

Read their How-to guide - part 4
Coming together to arrange care and support
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. We want to hear from you if you have experience of doing this yourself as a person with lived experience or from people involved in supporting this to happen. Completed forms can be emailed to Adam Webb, Policy Advisor. The deadline for submissions is 7th March. 

Download the form
DATES for the diary
Constructive conversations in York - 15th March
Who does most of the talking? Is it the provider or the council?

LGA and TLAP are hosting an event with the aim of understanding and bringing together the different perspectives of providers, commissioners and people who use services to enable constructive conversations, which we know can lead to better lives and a more effective way of working.

Register with eventbrite
New from NICE
People's experience in adult social care
NICE has launched a new guideline on People's experience in adult social care services: improving the experience of care and support for people using adult social care services.   People who use services were involved in the development of the guideline. Alice Maynard was the chair of the guideline committee and tells us what it was like in her blog.

Read Inside a NICE guideline committee by Alice
Contingency planning
The Care Provider Alliance (CPA) is developing guidance for care providers on contingency planning. To make the guidance as useful as possible, it is looking for input from providers in a number of ways:

  • contribute a short case study example of when you have been able to maintain care & support in challenging circumstances because of good contingency planning beforehand
  • review and comment on a draft version of the guidance - particularly if your work on contingency planning is less well advanced so far.
  • share existing contingency planning materials and resources
Contact the CPA's Programme Manager,

Adult social care workforce consultation
Facing the facts - shaping the future of adult social care
If you work in adult social care, make sure to have your say in Skills for Care consultation about the future of social care for those who work in or plan to work in the sector. The outcome of this consultation will feed into a joint health and social care workforce strategy planned for publication this summer. It will also inform the content of the forthcoming Department of Health and Social Care Green Paper on care and support for older people.

Take part in the consultation
Jargon Buster
The latest terms
Integrated care system, functional assessment and Home First are amongst the latest jargon we have busted and added to our online directory of Plain English definitions of the most commonly used social care words and phrases and what they mean.

If you would like to share the jargon buster on your own website, you can embed the widget.

Care and Support Jargon Buster
Social care futures
In Control’s website hosts the views of commentators with alternative ways of looking at how we can stabilise the current system and create a more positive vision for health and social care.

Take your pick from the Social Care Future blog series. Authors include Jenny Morris, Sian Lockwood and Chris Hatton.

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