Martin Routledge, In Control's Head of Operations, gave
his views on why making personalisation work matters at the Paths
to Personalisation in Mental Health event in June.
The National Development Team
for Inclusion (NDTi) and Think Local Act
Personal (TLAP) hosted a joint event 'Paths to Personalisation
in Mental Health' on 18 June.
The one-day event sought to be a practical event where
people could take away ideas and inspiration to make
personalisation a reality in their local area.
Martin spoke about why personalisation matters from policy, to
people's personal experiences, to the challenges faced by those
both delivering and being able to access, personal budgets. He
focused on the growing evidence that personal budgets make a
profound and positive difference to people's lives, in particular
to people who suffer from mental health issues.
While acknowledging that personalisation is much more than just
personal budgets, Martin clearly articulated the link between
improved outcomes and personal budgets and that the benefits, as
evidenced through In Control's second National
Personal Budget Survey, are even greater than average for those
with mental health issues. He also highlighted how personal budgets
have supported recovery and improvement in mental health and the
need for making sure personalisation goes beyond policy, becoming
an integral part of delivering mental health services.
You can watch Martin's full speech on YouTube
'Paths to Personalisation' is a practical guide, published by
NDTi and endorsed by TLAP, to help make personalisation a reality
for people with mental health needs. It's aimed at all those
involved in mental health, such as people with mental health needs
and carers, health and social care commissioners, providers,
practitioners, care co-ordinators and staff from all sectors, and
was co-produced with people who use mental health services and
service professionals, providing examples drawn from latest
practice and policy and up-to-date sources of advice for
You can read the 'Paths to Personalisation in Mental Health'