The Social Business, Rob Greenland's blog is, it says, "The UK's most influential social business blog". Not a modest, nor an idle claim as Rob's regular readers will agree. Me? I just love the tagline in the Header: "Make it your business to change the world". Well, anyone with an involvement in delivering or advocating CE is surely doing that!
Rob has recently been posting on Personalisation. In my view, his three posts on the subject are essential reading:
Personalisaton, to quote the first post, "in summary, is about making services more person-centred. In a social care context it is associated most closely (but not exclusively) with the idea of Personal Budgets."
It is an idea that begins with adults but, through proposals in the SEN Green Paper, is being extended to children. Anyone in conductive education delivering services funded currently by the public sector (education, care, health budgets) is potentially affected by personalisation.
In "Our experience of Personalisation - Part One", Rob writes about The Social Business's experience of Personalisation, talking through "the early stages of the self-directed support process, highlighting some issues that we’d come up against at each stage".
In "Our experience of Personalisation - Part Two", he continues "with the next stages of the process, before considering what to do to change things for the better".
The third part, "Personalisation - so it's working OK then?", is published on the same day (today) as research published on behalf of Think Local Act Personal. The research, says Rob, "paints a pretty positive picture of Personal Budgets – you can read the press release here and a research summary here."
He concludes the third post as follows: "I really believe in person-centred services – and I still believe that Personal Budgets can work. And I acknowledge that I’ve read the summary, not the full report. But I’m afraid that our experience of Personalisation doesn’t chime with the generally positive tone of the research summary."
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