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East Midlands and London on board for regional programme

In Control is delighted to announce more regions have joined our regional personalisation improvement programme we are delivering in partnership with ADASS.

We are now working with five of the nine ADASS regions including the North West, Yorkshire and Humber, Eastern, East Midlands and now London.

The regional programmes focus on improving the delivery of personalisation mainly for adult social care but work also includes provider and market development as well as integration across health and children's services. Each programme has been tailored towards the particular needs of that region.

Workstream areas across the programmes include:

  • Checking the results of personal budgets using POET
  • Improving personal budget delivery, including direct payment uptake strategies and reducing process and bureaucracy
  • Developing and simplifying resource allocation systems
  • Support to implement 'Making it Real' on a local level
  • Building community capacity
  • Provider development, including personalising homecare through the use of individual service funds (ISFs) and use of tools such as Stronger Partnerships for Better Outcomes and Progress for Providers
  • Integration of personal health budgets and links to continuing healthcare
  • Transition for children and young people and delivering the SEND reforms
  • Personalisation and safeguarding

The partnership with East Midlands and London follows successful work over the past couple of years in several regions in which In Control has played a significant role in helping partners at a regional level to support local activity.

At a time of tight budget constraints, programmes of this nature help to support regional organisations to pull together and combine limited resources enabling a more significant programme of work. For example in these programme areas, In Control has been able to double the value of the programme utilising grant funding and sponsorship. By providing a platform we have enabled bids for resources and encouraged a great deal of in-kind activity such as the provision of venues and donation of skills and time.

Furthermore, programmes such as these help to build ownership at a regional level, replicating the national Think Local Act Personal partnership and supporting the relationships needed to enable development. This includes clear links to the 'Towards Excellence in Adult Social Care' sector-led improvement activity. It is also a clear factor in supporting cross-sector working and partnerships ensuring collaboration and reduction in duplication.

To find out more about In Control's work in these areas, please contact laura.bimpson@in-control.org.uk

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Last Updated : 09 February 2014. Page Author: marijke.hirst.