January 11, 2018 No comments exist

Community Catalysts have released an insightful report titled ‘Choice Making Pathways In Social Care’.   In view of the 2014 Care Act – meant to increase the control people have over their care – the report looks at the choices people have regarding their care, how they access key information and advice, and the obstacles many still face in selecting the care they would like.   Head over to Community Catalysts to read the report.   We’ve…

January 11, 2018 No comments exist

Yesterday the National Audit Office published their findings of a review of personalised commissioning in adult social care.   The report draws on the work of In Control and in particular the data we were able to provide from our POET survey, saying: ‘…the [POET] survey provides the most detailed information about respondents’ experiences of authorities personalised commissioning processes.’   Launching the report, the NAO said:   ‘The NAO believes there is a strong case for…

January 11, 2018 No comments exist

Disability Sheffield and NHS Personal Health Budgets (NHS PHB) have worked together to make a short film to help people understand what personal health budgets are and how you might be able to start the process of getting one. Watch ‘Samantha’s story: an introduction to Personal Health Budgets’ here.  

January 10, 2018 No comments exist

Me My Family My Home is ambitious. It seeks to make significant improvements to the lives and support received by children, young people and their families, moving to a single ‘whole life, whole family’ approach.   Funded by the Department for Education, the project focused its energies on supporting six local authorities and their partners to develop new support packages for children and young people with complex needs and complicated home lives. This group included:…

January 10, 2018 No comments exist

‘We are all colleagues together in a very important mission. Ultimately our goal can be nothing less than total transformation of our culture. Only when the most vulnerable of us is valued and appreciated for his or her gifts will everyone be safe and supported to be a fulfilled person. Inclusion is in the journey, not in the goal. Each step of the journey is as important as the ultimate destination.’ Judith Snow    …

January 10, 2018 No comments exist

John Waters, In Control’s lead for research and evaluation and co-author of POET, responded to recent criticism of personal budgets in the Guardian.   ‘Personal budgets are a simple but powerful innovation that over the past decade have quietly revolutionised the way the social care system in England is organised. According to Disability Rights UK, a national organisation of disabled people, they are “the route to achieving independent living based on the social model of disability”.’   Read the…

January 10, 2018 No comments exist

In Control members have been busy using the Personal Outcomes Evaluation Tool (POET) to collect the views and experiences of people who need support and those close to them. This has included 1,879 parents/carers of children and young people with Education Health and Care Plans (EHCPs), 2,989 practitioners working with children and young people with EHCPs, 906 children and young people who have EHCPs themselves, as well as 2,254 adults who have a personal budget…

January 10, 2018 No comments exist

In Control has published its latest report on the pilot of the Personal Outcomes Evaluation Tool (POET) for children and young people with Education Health and Care Plans (EHCPs). The development of the tool has been funded by the DfE with 70 local areas taking part in the final year of the pilot.   The POET is unique in capturing the views of practitioners, parents and young people on the process of getting an Education…