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Partnership update
TLAP Partnership meeting
A group of 23 partners from across health, housing and social care gathered for our partnership meeting this month. Representatives from the Working Age Adults Programme updated us and Simon Chapman, Deputy Director from NHS England talked through  the forthcoming comprehensive model for personalised care. Clare Skidmore, Strategic Lead from Housing LIN discussed the impact of suitable housing provision for personalisation, prevention and its relevance to the working age adults programme. Lively conversations were held bringing all three themes together.

British Association of Social Workers joins TLAP
TLAP programme board, including members with lived experience, are delighted to welcome BASW to the partnership. This marks another positive step in strengthening TLAP as a leadership organisation for personalisation. Great news!

We're hiring - application deadline 23rd July
We're advertising for a temporary Project Support Coordinator to join us in our central London Office.

The successful candidate will have proven office and IT skills, sound administrative and financial experience, a flexible approach and excellent people skills. They will also share our passion for promoting good practice in health and social care.

Closing date for applications is Monday 23rd July. 

Job application details
Building Community Capacity network event -6th September
If you are interested in building community capacity - from commissioning to delivering, assessing, researching, quality assuring or experiencing as an ‘end user’, do sign up for our next event in London on 6th September. Judging by the popularity of previous events it’s worth booking early. These gatherings are a great opportunity for hearing about cutting edge new innovations including digitally enabled care, evidence-based practice, and new & emerging models.

Register for the event
Making the connection between mental health, wellbeing and community assets
The MARCH network has been awarded £1.25m of funding from UK Research and Innovation to advance research aimed at understanding how and why community assets impact on public health and wellbeing and the role they play in preventing mental illness and supporting people living with mental health conditions. Starting in the autumn, the network, which has TLAP as a supporting partner, will run a series of activities to take forward this programme. Watch this space. 

MARCH Network one page summary
List of MARCH partners
Workforce training
Have you ever been trained to practice co-production with the people you support?
“Co-production is frequently used in public services, especially in the NHS and the social care sector, but has become something of a buzzword that lacks real substance or practical use.’

TLAP Chair Clenton Farquharson MBE addresses the essence of co-production in training the workforce,  its application and impact.

Read Clenton's article in the Guardian
Innovations in health and social care
This week’s innovation for TLAP's online directory of innovations in health and social care is from Keyring; the charity operates a successful network model of support that allows people to live in their own home whilst reducing isolation and loneliness, it also improves wellbeing and mobilises community action. 

Innovations in health and social care -KeyRing
Download and submit a one-page summary of your innovation
How-to guide for creating an asset-based area
How Asset-Based Areas stimulate mutualism and use localism
“Asset-based areas use the Localism Act and mutuals to help people and communities have an equal say in commissioning and co-producing outcomes” 

Clive Miller and Alex Fox explain how the act can help free up councils to be more creative and entrepreneurial and they offer some tips to get things going in their tenth How-to guide for creating an asset-based area. 

How Asset-Based Areas stimulate mutualism and use localism
How-to Guides for creating an Asset-based Area
Better together
Community Catalysts and the Local Area Coordination Network join forces
Community Catalysts have taken responsibility for the Local Area Coordination Network and the development of Local Area Coordination in England and Wales.

Before their coming-together they were two of a small group of organisations helping to build the strengths and assets of people and communities.

CE of Community Catalysts Sian Lockwood says, “Our shared values and complementary approaches mean that we add value to each other and make a much broader offer to people and local areas”. A new director will be appointed to replace Samantha Clarke who has moved to Learning Disability England.

Catch up on reports
Beyond barriers: how older people move between health and care in England
CQC have reviewed health and social care systems across 20 local authority areas to see how services work together to support people aged 65 and over.  Recommendations can be found in their report.

Read CQC report -Beyond Barriers
Latest NAO report on the health and social care interface
The National Audit Office (NAO) has published a report assessing the challenges preventing health and social care from working together effectively. In a move to encourage the government to create a long-term plan for a sustainable, joined-up care sector, the head of the NAO, Amyas Morse, urges further and faster progress towards a service that centres on the needs of individuals, meets growing demands for care and delivers value to the taxpayer.


Read NAO report on the health and social care interface
CQC Roundtable - Using Technology in Health and Social Care
Technology is increasingly becoming part of how people and providers meet health and social care needs.

CQC held a roundtable discussion to explore the issues to inform their work on supporting the use of digital technology.

In terms of how CQC will know when technology is good, it was noted that using a person-centred approach was key to technology being used in a positive way. As one delegate said “Good is the right combination of technology and people.” 

Read CQC roundtable report summary and next steps
NW Market Sustainability and Oversight Review: Engagement Report
ADASS in the North West has published the results of research carried out with commissioners and providers to identify what they think are priority issues facing the social care market in the North West and innovative ways forward. 

Read NW ADASS report and recommendations
Join Peer Leadership Academy – closing date 28th August
Do you have lived experience of personalised approaches to health and social care? If the answer is yes, NHS England Personalised Care Group wants to hear from you!

They are running their Peer Leadership Academy, a personal development programme  which aims to build people’s knowledge, skills and confidence to play an active role in the Personalised Care Programme at a national and local level, including co-production.

Applications close on 28 August at 5pm.

Apply here
Guardian Public Sector Awards
The judges from this year’s Guardian Public Service Awards 2018 have been announced. TLAP Chair Clenton Farquharson MBE has been selected along with other partner reps and friends. It's a strong line up this year! 

Guardian public sector awards line up
A good read
‘Turbocharge Integration’: how can we make this person centred?
Andrew Reece, Head of integrated Learning Disability services at Camden Council says we’re looking through the wrong end of the telescope when we ask the question, “What is integration?”, a better question would be, ‘What is integration for?’ Only that way will you know that you are turbocharging in the right direction; one that prioritises coordinating care around the individual over integrating structures.

Read Andrew's blog
Top dogs, top blogs from TLAP
Who do we co-produce with?
I have been thinking a lot about the term ‘lived experience’ recently, because I think it might not be all that helpful.

Read Maddy's blog
If you want to personalise care first personalise your language by Kate Sibthorp, NCAG member
“Another expression I find problematic… why do we talk about putting someone in a home? For me, this turns the person in question into an object to be passively placed somewhere ironically called 'home'.

Read Kate's blog
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