New TLAP partnership agreement to lead transformation of services

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.

Last Updated : 12 June 2014. Page Author: Laura Bimpson.