In Control soon to be supporting six regional personalistion programmes

In Control is delighted to announce that we will soon be working with six out of nine ADASS regions on regional personalisation improvement programmes. We are already working with four regions including the North West, East Midlands, Eastern region and Yorkshire and Humberside in partnership with ADASS and Think Local Act Personal (TLAP). We will shortly be starting work with London and South East regions bringing the total number of programmes up to six.

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

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 and implications of the forthcoming Care Bill. 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

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Last Updated : 26 February 2014. Page Author: Laura Bimpson.