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Events for the diary
TLAP’s Care Markets and Quality Forum: Improving Care, 3 May in London
Commissioning and providing alternative sustainable care models is fast gaining momentum across adult social care. How to do it and the associated challenges will be discussed at TLAP’s next forum event with speakers from Power to Change, New Economics Foundation and Local Government Association. There will also be a session on digital technologies from Skills for Care with providers demonstrating how technology supports person-centred care.

Event Details and booking
Nesta - the future of people powered health -2nd May
Members of Think Local Act Personal and the Coalition for Collaborative Care’s Coproduction Teams will be presenting an interactive break out session ‘Putting the person back into person centered care’, which will draw on our updated and soon to be published Making it Real, which offers a set of principles and framework that shows what good citizen-focused personalised care and support looks like from the point of view of people themselves and the organisations that support them.They'll be presenting from 3.15pm in B2. Follow tweets at #MakingitReal #peoplepoweredhealth 


Nesta programme
Asset based approaches and commissioning conference – highlights
“This was a very interesting and engaging event –thank you!”

Our most recent conference included speakers Alex Fox, CE Shared Lives Plus who talked about why we need a different care and support system; Clive Miller on asset-based commissioning based on his research findings. Paul Richards and colleagues from Stay up Late entertained and inspired delegates with  information about  their 'punk' appoach to supporting people with learning difficulties. The day concluded with  Frameworks for Change Andy Bradley asking us to consider a relational approach to commissioning.  #communitycapacity

See the slides and films
A snapshot of 2017/18
“TLAP adds value by giving oxygen and light to those doing amazing stuff”
TLAP has had a good year despite funding and staffing reductions since the last finiancial year. Amongst our highlights we've welcomed eight new organisations into the partnership, and we’ve had a 32% increase in the number of events with input from National Co-production Advisory Group colleagues. 

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The evidence base
Research Centre for Impactful Personalisation Evidence (RECIPE)
TLAP is part of an exciting and important opportunity to improve the evidence base for personalisation. We are supporting a bid to establish a research centre for personalisation. The proposal has been developed by the Policy and Research Evaluation Unit, Manchester Metropolitan University, led by Professor Chris Fox. 

 A number of TLAP partners have signed up to be “Impact Partners” who, if the bid is successful, will contribute to shaping the research programme and translating the findings into practice. People who access care and support will be integral to supporting this research.  Details of the research proposal can be found at

If you are interested to find out more contact

Innovations call out
It's not six innovations, it's 12!
TLAP is continuing to build up a directory of innovations in social care beyond the Six innovations which were initiated by Professor John Bolton. 

Heart n Soul is the latest organisation to provide us with their one page summary based on  Allsorts -  a popular and successful programme that offers creative activities for people over 18 with learning disabilties who can use their personal budgets to take part. 


Innovations in health and social care - Heart n Soul
Please submit your one-page summary of an innovation
How to create an asset-based area - part seven
Building People’s resilience and social connections
“Asset-based areas require all of their activities and services to contribute to building people’s resilience and social connections. They also require investment in models which can demonstrate this. 

Clive Miller and Alex Fox’s next instalment of their ‘how to develop an asset-based area includes a handy step-by-step guide to the asset-based commissioning cycle of strategic thinking, planning, doing and reviewing.

Read the guide
Read the earlier How-to Guides
Calling on commissioners
ICBO reminder
The Integrated Commissioning for Better Outcomes Framework is a key tool to assist Councils and NHS Commissioners develop further integrated commissioning. It is a development of the 2015 Commissioning for Better Outcomes Framework and is a joint project of the LGA and NHS Clinical Commissioners with the support of key organisations such as ADASS and TLAP. 

Read the framework
State of Caring Survey
Carers UK is asking for help to give it the evidence it needs to support its campaigns and give a real-time picture of what it’s like to be a carer in 2018.

This year, Carers UK is campaigning for carers to be able to access a break from their caring role, for a rise in Carer’s Allowance and for stronger rights for carers who are juggling work and care. Social care and the NHS will be at the top of the agenda again this year too and Carers UK want to make sure that pressure on carers is at the centre of discussions about more funding. Evidence from carers via the State of Caring Survey 2018 is integral to this.

This is the most extensive survey into carers' experiences in the UK. As a result, it will take at least 20 to 30 minutes to complete.


Take part in the State of Caring survey
Consultation on personal health budget and integrated personal budgets
The Department of Health and Social Care and NHS England are running a consultation till 8th June on extending the legal rights to have a personal health budget or integrated personal budget. This follows the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care’s speech on social care reform last month. Please submit responses via the Department of Health and Social Care website

Something from NICE
Hearing loss in adults: assessment and management
Our partner NICE has produced a guideline for hearing loss in adults: assessment and management which is scheduled to publish on the 20th June 2018.

Further information on the guideline
Hip hip hooray
Obama Foundation Fellow
Alex Smith, Founder/CEO Manchester Cares has been selected from 21,000 applicants to be one of the first 20 Obama Foundation Fellows. This is a small cohort of civic innovators from 11 countries around the world who will come together over the coming two years to share their experiences of making community change and to amplify their ideas. More information can be found here: 

 Alex has said “Being selected for the Fellowship is the privilege and opportunity of a lifetime and I'm naturally really excited about the doors it could open”.  

A good read
Disabled people split over personal health budget expansion plans
The recent government expansion of personal health budgets has divided opinions amongst disabled people. There are those who see it as part of “planned creeping privatisation of the NHS.  

TLAP’s Chair Clenton Farquharson MBE offered his views.  As someone who has championed for the rights of  inclusivity and in his role offering advice to policy makers and national bodies, he sees the ambition of personal health budgets as  “driven by a need to effectively integrate health and social care that will help minimise costly, confusing and unsustainable processes that, in my experience, has had a negative impact on my life”.  

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