Personalisation is all about treating people as individuals; after all, the best person to decide what is right for you, is you! It’s a shared ambition to put people first and ensure that anyone who uses care and support is offered greater choice and control over the services they use. It will mean that people will be able to live their own lives as they wish; confident that services are of high quality, are safe and promote their own individual needs for independence, well-being and dignity. It’s about tailoring solutions around the individual, their carer and their family.
This week, we’ll be looking at some of the ways that personalisation is being embedded within Adult Social Care in Leeds.
In 2007, the Government published a national paper called ‘Putting People First’, which outlines a holistic approach to transforming adult social care in England. The personalisation agenda continues to be at the heart of the changes happening in social care and although it is a national vision, it’s very much driven at local level.
One example of personalisation in action is Personal Budgets which can be used to buy support from both the council and other care providers. The money can be spent creatively, mixing and matching services from different organisations, and tailoring the support to the person’s needs and preference.
Service users can manage their own budget and arrange support for themselves if they want, but they can also choose to have their budget managed by the council if that’s more convenient. There are lots of ways personal budgets can be managed to suit individual needs. Below is a simple guide to the process:
Step 1 – Your assessment
The first step is to fill in a self –assessment questionnaire with support from your social worker and your family.
Step 2 – Finding out your indicative social care budget
The social worker will use this to calculate your indicative budget. The final amount will only be agreed once your support plan has been approved.
Step 3 – Building your support plan
This is your plan for what you want to do or achieve, and how you want to spend your budget. It is created by you with support from your social worker and your family. This plan will be reviewed once a year to check it is still working for you.
Step 4 – Getting your plan agreed
The council will then agree your plan, and confirm your personal budget.
Step 5 – Start using your personal budget
You could use your budget to pay for services with a provider such as a charity or care organisation, to hire a personal assistant, or to use council services. There are lots of different options on how to buy the services that best match your needs.
For more information about personal budgets or to find out how to apply, visit our website.
Does a personal budget really work?
Last week, the charity In Control and Lancaster University published a survey with results from 3,000 personal budget holders and their carers from across 22 different councils. The budget holders were asked for their opinions on the impact of personal budgets in their lives. This national survey revealed that:
- Over 70 per cent of people stated that their personal budget had a positive impact on their independence, the support needed and wanted and being supported with dignity.
- Over 60 per cent reported a positive impact on their physical health, mental well-being and control over their support.
- 50 per cent reported a positive impact on feeling safe in and outside their home, and in their relationships with paid supporters.
This Thursday, we look forward to sharing the survey results for Leeds with you and the outcomes of a local event we held on personal budgets.
Tomorrow, read about the Mental Health Recovery team and what they’re doing in the area of Peer Support and Personalisation.