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This is our last e-news of the year so I’d like to take this opportunity to thank you all for your continued interest in the work of the TLAP partnership.  

On behalf of the TLAP team and National Co-production Advisory Group we wish you seasonal greetings and look forward to Making it Real with you all in 2019! If you are in need of some inspiration, take a look at this short film on how different organisations are using the framework to support good person-centred care and support!

Caroline Speirs
TLAP Head 

Free Building Community Capacity event
Routes to wellbeing, 12th December in Birmingham
Places are still available for next Wednesday’s TLAP event in Birmingham. If you come you’ll have the chance to contribute your thoughts on a forthcoming TLAP roundtable event with guests including Simon Stevens, Chief Executive of NHS England. 

Book for the BCC event
Welcome to our new Care Markets and Quality Policy Advisor
Natasha Burberry has joined TLAP to head up our market development work.  

Besides managing the Care Markets and Quality programme with its schedule of forum events, she’ll continue working for the Eastern Sector Led Improvement Programme for Adult Social Care in East of England.

What does the  Care Markets & Quality forum do? Watch this short film.

Read about Natasha
Latest reports
Conversational assessments
If you use a standard form for assessing a person’s care and support requirements without engaging in a conversation, the chances are you miss out on important information.  Consider the conversational assessment approach which Skills for Care and TLAP promote.

Using conversations to assess and plan people's care and support
TEC stories with a difference
When technology enabled care is used appropriately it can support people’s independence and wellbeing. This is why TLAP teamed up with ADASS and TSA to showcase ten case studies on the transformative effects digital technology can have and to encourage commissioners and providers to adopt.   

Take a look at TEC stories
A reminder of what you could be doing to support carer’s rights
“I think it’s a fair bet that most organisations interested in using Making it Real will think they already deliver on these statements. But do they?” To mark Carer’s Rights day Kate Sibthorp gave some pointers to help sharpen up organisations’ support offer to carers. 

Read Kate's blog
Balancing risks, rights and responsibilities
“I wish I could be half as sure of anything as some people are of everything” Gerald Barzan, American humourist.

Risk taking is something we all do and why should it be any different for people with lived experience?

Clenton Farquharson MBE argues that when people are treated as individuals the balance of risks can be managed to support independence and a good life. Do you agree?

Read Clenton's article
Our partner news
Seven principles for the engagement of individual providers on behalf of the wider sector
The Care Provider Alliance has published new guidance intended to encourage engagement between Sustainability and Transformation Partnerships (STPs) and the adult social care sector.

Read CPA's guidance
Leadership in integrated care systems
In case you missed it, SCIE has published new research commissioned by the NHS Leadership Academy.  It sets out how the NHS, providers and councils can work collaboratively to deliver more efficient and higher quality care. The report offers recommendations and is well worth a read.  

Read SCIE's Leadership in integrated care systems guidance
New dementia quick guide from NICE and SCIE
It is important to plan for the future and people with dementia should be offered support to help them make decisions about advance care planning and advance decision-making.

NICE and SCIE have developed a new quick guide with the aim of informing people and their family and carers about the support that is available after a diagnosis of dementia.

Read the dementia quick guide
New interim chief inspector for CQC
Debbie Westhead will take over from Andrea Sutcliffe when Andrea leaves at the end of the year, and until a permanent Chief Inspector is in post.

Andrea Sutcliff has said, “Having worked with Debbie since I started at CQC I know how passionate and committed she is to improving adult social care services”.

Update from CQC
Asset-based areas and cost effectiveness
The final guide from Clive Miller, academic and author, and Shared Lives Plus CEO Alex Fox, on what you can do to create an asset-based area that works for commissioners, providers and local people, and not to mention the budget.


How Asset-Based Areas demonstrate cost effectiveness
Conference time
An unordinary conference -26th March, London
There are a lot of conferences about people with learning disabilities but very few speakers actually with learning disabilities. Paul Richards, Stay Up Late, is planning a conference where 100% of the speakers have learning disabilities, and most of the audience will be people who are social care professionals; people working in commissioning teams, managers in support providers and other related fields. 

Find out more & apply for an Unordinary conference
The role of the VCSE in public health
Could we optimise ‘community assets’ if we changed our concept of health as something that is dominated by people rather than systems? This was discussed along with other insights and reflections at this year’s Public Health England pre-conference workshop.

Read the blog by Dr Andrew Furber
Read the blog by Annah Psarros
Let’s celebrate good times, come on!
Wellbeing teams were recruitment winners at this year’s Guardian Public Service Awards. Helen Sanderson’s initiative, which is supported by social care provider Making Space, sees a turnover rate of less than 10%, and is attracting younger people into social care. Congratulations all round!

Read the Guardian Public Service award winners
A good read
“When any big plan has nothing radical to say on inequalities, nearly all of us lose out”.
As we await the impending publication of the NHS 10 year long term plan Alex Fox from Shared lives Plus blogs on the realities of pulling together high profile, high pressured documents. Read about his hopes for a long term investment in our communities as a sign that equality is not seen as a niche issue.

Read Niche by Alex Fox
Breaking news
Clenton Farquharson MBE is Disability Rights UK new Ambassador
As Ambassador Clenton will be promoting a rights-based message amongst disabled people’s organisations, companies, potential funders, in Parliament and other policy forums. We wish him well and believe he will make a great contribution! 

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