Direct Payments survey

In discussions at Forum meetings many of you have told us that it would be really helpful to get a good picture of some basic direct payment practice issues across London, in both social and health care. One of our objectives is "accurately reflecting the reality of provision of Self-Direct Support" so we wanted to help.

We couldn't find this information easily available so we've asking you, people working in social and health care. We've put together a simple survey from some of the questions our members were asking. It doesn't cover everything - we wanted to keep it manageable for respondents! But it's a start. To make the most of your time completing the survey and the information we gather from it, we'll share an analysis with not only our members but also regional agencies in both health and social care - Skills for Care, London ADASS and the Healthy London Partnership.

As an independent body we want you to feel able to tell us honestly what's happening - the things that aren't working as well as the good things. We know it can be difficult to tell the whole story within your organisation or in an open meeting. We're made up of statutory, voluntary, private and independent sector members and the Forum has no allegiances. We favour only a clear and robust system of health and social care.

We have asked in which borough you are working because we want to get answers from across the whole of London. Please answer this if you feel able to - we will not link your answers to the location, or identify you in any way. It's very important to us to protect all respondents including our members.

We'd like as many people to answer our survey as possible - the more responses we get the more informative it is. Anyone working in health or social care in London can complete it and it should take only 5 minutes for most people. If you've done the survey yourself please do pass it on to people you know in neighbouring boroughs or in health care rather than social care.

Thank you.



Advice, advocacy and brokerage in PHBs

A few years old but worth having a look at this guidance from the Department of Health about advice, advocacy and brokerage in personal health budgets.

It concludes, "There is an important balance to be struck in commissioning advice, advocacy and brokerage services in each local area and
ensuring a well trained and confident workforce within a variety of different provider organisations, including information networks, peer support and user-led organisations. These are essential functions to ensure equal access and effective use of personal health budgets".

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Skills for Care funding for PHB recipients

People who receive a Personal Health Budget and employ their own personal assistants can apply for funding for training for themselves or their employees. Skills for Care offers this funding in much the same way as they do for people receiving social care funds.

Please see application form, guidance notes, more information and an easy read version of the application form on the Skills for Care website 
If you have any further questions, please contact or call 01132411279.

Conference success

More than a week after our conference and we can still hear the messages, discussions and debate loud and clear. For those that came, we hope that you found it worthwhile - the feedback that we received certainly says that you did! For those that couldn't make it - you missed out - but fear not, we're sharing all of the visual presentations from the day. See the files below.

A big thank you to all of our speakers - Tim Gollins, Luke Clements, Smriti Singh, Robin Murray Neill, Tracey Jannaway, Sharon Allen, Toby Williamson, Peter Gay, Belinda Schwehr and Peter Beresford.

As promised we're also putting together a report of the day. We'll let you know when it's out.

If you're not yet a member you can join us - increasing numbers are finding us from both health and social care, and from statutory, independent and voluntary sectors. See Membership for more details.

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