Martin Routledge, our head of operations blogs as part of
the TLAP Personalisation: What's Next blog series.
Having been there from the start of Think Local Act Personal I
am really pleased that the partnership has established itself as a
strong voice and practical force, standing up for and supporting
I also agree that now is the time for development of the
original partnership agreement to reflect what has happened since
we put the first manifesto together. For me it will be especially
important to build the well-being and community elements of the
agreement. TLAP is currently starting work with Health and
Well-Being Boards to develop it's framework for building stronger
communities within which older and disabled people can be fully
included and contributing, while reducing some people's need to
rely on acute and long term health and social care. I think this
will become an increasingly central part of TLAP's work.
It is very important though, that TLAP maintain, as a core
focus, standing up for authenticity in personalisation - shining a
light on the real and pointing up where delivery is falling short.
As the letter prompting the recent Personalisation Summit
"Research and experience are increasingly showing us what works
to really improve outcomes and extend choice and control. The
problem is that in too many places these things are not being done.
For example, in respect of personal budgets, we too often find
unsuitable systems for resource allocation, burdensome support
planning approaches not controlled by people themselves, rigid
rules on spend, social workers not trusted to make judgements,
people left without information advice and advocacy,
under-developed markets and restrictive preferred provider lists.
There are the places where, in the name of controlling spend, more
money is spent, sometimes through unnecessary process, sometimes
through not allowing creative use of budgets."
TLAP must be a positive force in this situation supporting
councils and their partners in an incredibly difficult resource
position to be self-aware about local delivery and to learn from
best practice. TLAP can also demonstrate how co-production can be a
key part of the solution to improved delivery. We must stay
focussed on the person and the family in community.
This is nowhere more important than in the integration agenda.
TLAP is very well positioned to provide practical help to the
Pioneers and advise government and others, showing how, as Norman
Lamb says "People are the best integrators of their own care and
support" including through health and social care personal budgets.
We must make sure that integration is not something simply done to
people via more joined up budgets, systems and professionals but
means real collaboration between professionals and people and where
people can, if they choose, exercise direct control over
From where I stand I am confident that TLAP will continue to
play the key role it has established over the past two and half
years and I will support it however I can into its future.
To read more blogs from TLAP's Personalisation: What's Next blog
series visit: http://www.thinklocalactpersonal.org.uk/Blog/
TLAP is also encouraging people to comment via Twitter using
@tlap1 and hashtag #tlap13.
You can also find out more about the Personalisation: What's
Next project by visitng http://www.thinklocalactpersonal.org.uk/Browse/WhatsNext/