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New papers launched by Think Local, Act Personal

A series of new papers have been launched by Think Local, Act Personal.

The papers include:

Making it Real - marking progress towards personalised community-based support is a set of statements from people who use services and carers which set out what they would expect, see and experience if personalisation is working well in an organisation. These statements are then set against key elements that would need to be in place within an organisation to make personalisation possible. Making it Real will help organisations involved in commissioning and delivering care and support - from councils to providers of in-home, residential or nursing care - to look at their current practice, identify areas that need improvement and develop plans for change.

Personal budgets: taking stock moving forward summarises research to date on personal budget delivery, identifying the most common barriers and providing advice on how to address them.

Adult Social Care Minimum Process Framework describes diagrammatically the suggested core activites needed for adult social care delivery by councils with examples of good practice and useful links.

Re-thinking Support Planning suggests that taking an asset-based approach to support planning by increasing the capacity of disabled people and supporting them to do their own plans can free social workers up to support people who don't have the capacity to plan themselves.

Improving Direct Payment Delivery will assist council's in both understanding their responsibilities and knowing how best to proceed in direct payment delivery. It offers advice on streamlining processes and reducing operational costs while at the same time improving outcomes for citizens.

Think Local, Act Personal has released these documents to share learning and to provide advice that to achieve good results that make a difference to people's lives, there needs to be simplicity and clarity around the processes of personal budgets. People who are using services need to have the opportunity to be involved in any planning about the support they receive.

For more information on these papers, please visit the Think Local, Act Personal website.

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Last Updated : 09 November 2011. Page Author: Laura Bimpson.