I've blogged several times on this before of course but now I'm
looking for your help. You might have seen that I am working with
Sarah Carr the personalisation lead at SCIE, to lead a Think Local,
Act Personal review of personal budgets for older people. This was
reported in Community Care last week.
The review is in collaboration with ADASS, the Department of
Health and has a steering group including key older people's and
carers organisations. It will have two initial phases. From June to
September we will look at the data and information to establish a
clear position on numbers, outcomes, challenges and initial ideas
for improvement. In phase two from September to March we will
explore positive practice and solutions in more detail including
with pioneering places and initiatives and make recommendations for
local and central government and the wider sector. We will be
linking closely with the Towards Excellence in Adult Social Care
programme to ensure that in their support for councils to improve
on personal budgets delivery, our findings are well used.
The help that the steering group and I need at this point is to
be pointed in the direction of promising practice and initiatives
which can help older people gain good benefit from personal
budgets. These might be operating at a strategic level, may be
about improving process, or may be specific initiatives and
practices. They may also be about ways of helping people adapt
their behaviours and shifting cultures. We are doing this
review because we know there are many challenges to address and
these have been well documented so our main focus in this call for
evidence is on solutions and promising possibilities.
If you have information or ideas please make initial contact via
this blog. Thanks a lot for your help.