Forty-eight leading health, care and housing organisations,
which includes In Control have partnered up to transform public
service delivery to promote people's independence and wellbeing by
committing to working together for personalised, community-based
care and support 2014-17 - a new partnership agreement released by
Think Local Act Personal (TLAP).
The partnership - which started in 2011 and aims to transform
the way care services are delivered - has expanded and secured
further commitments from new organisations that cover the health,
housing and children's sectors. This comes on the back of renewed
support from government, with further grant funding secured for the
next year.The agreement sets out a new vision for personalisation
based on what people have said is a priority, following the
enormous changes to the care and health sector since 2011. It is
launched alongside commitments from each partner setting out how
they will help deliver the new vision, and a review of the
partnership's first three years of work is also published.
Care Services Minister Norman Lamb said:"I welcome today's new
partnership agreement, which brings together almost 50 national
organisations, committed to drive forward a shared vision for
personalisation and community-based support, a vision which I
personally share. Personalisation is at the heart of the changes we
need to see across our health and care system and is central to the
Care Act now passed into law. This new agreement sets an ambitious
agenda to build care and support around the whole person, their
skills, aspirations and talents, as well as their needs, and
provides a platform to extend this thinking across other public
services too. I particularly welcome the focus on taking a
personalised approach to delivering coordinated care. Integration
and personalisation are for me two sides of the same coin and the
current context presents a huge opportunity to bring these
important objectives together. People should be able to expect the
same focus on their independence, the same regard for their wishes
and the same opportunities to make choices and to take control,
whether they have a long term health condition or a social care
need, a mental health problem or a learning disability.
Fundamentally, good care and support should promote people's
wellbeing and help build stronger community links, not just for the
few but for everybody. The new TLAP agreement is an opportunity to
refocus on making this the norm, in all settings and for all
people, all of the time."
TLAP Director Sam Bennett said:"Think Local Act Personal is a
unique approach to improving public services because we combine the
delivery of a national programme with an ambitious movement for
social change. We are pleased to welcome the new partners who will
help and extend the reach and influence of TLAP's work,
particularly into health and housing. This time, all partners are
making specific commitments for how they will support delivery of
the agreement, which will help drive the agenda and ensure the
sector take collective responsibility for this work."
Commitments for action being made by TLAP partners can be viewed
on TLAP's website together with a copy of
the partnership agreement.
In Control's commitment is to use POET to survey of people and
carers who use personal budgets to find, share and help councils
act on what works best to improve personal budget delivery. For
more information on POET see our webpages here.