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New Integrated Personal Commissioning sites for NHS England announced

18th March 2015

From the 1st April 2015 10,000 people with complex lives will have the opportunity to decide how their combined health and social care fund is spent on meeting their needs, thereby helping to cultivate a person-centred approach that offers choice and control. This was the announcement made last week by NHS England and the Local … Read more

Small grants awarded to some amazing community minded folks

16th March 2015

We at Community Catalysts are passionate about helping local people to help and care for other local people. As part of this passion we established Small Good Stuff which is a place where tiny community enterprises with a social care or support focus can publicise their services, link with peers and get help and information. We … Read more

Getting better outcomes for older people using personal budgets

9th March 2015

Think Local Act Personal have published a report collating the latest information about personal budgets for older people. The Getting Better Options report draws on research from across the sector and shows that while older people do experience positive benefits from having a personal budget, these are not as marked as for other groups. The report … Read more

A guide to grants for children and adults with a disability.

24th February 2015

Disability Grants is a website that has been set up by a mother of a disabled child to save people time by having information on grants that are available all in one place. This website provides information on charities and trusts to help you find a grant for yourself, your family, or anyone you are supporting … Read more

Personal budgets tool

17th February 2015

Think Local Act Personal have developed a Personal Budgets Minimum Process Framework to help councils by suggesting simpler and less bureaucratic ways to meet people’s needs. It lists what councils must do to meet their Care Act responsibilities, and addresses many of the process problems reported by people who use services, carers and families. This framework … Read more

Fit for Frailty best practice guidance

12th February 2015

This Fit for Frailty best practice guidance has been produced by The Royal College of General Practitioners and recommends a move away from traditional ‘activity’ based contracts to a model that sees providers paid for helping people who use their services to achieve agreed goals. The guidance says that this would ensure that outcomes relevant to … Read more

A guide on being active

3rd February 2015

Research shows that most disabled people are not as active as they would like to be, and this free guide has been produced by the English Federation of Disability Sport in partnership with Disability Rights UK, to give disabled people access to information so that they have control over where, what and how they can start … Read more

Small Good Stuff has a new poster

28th January 2015

The folks at Community Catalysts who run the Small Good Stuff website for community micro social care and support providers now have a new Small Good Stuff poster which we think looks rather nice. Check it out here and please do feel free to share it with any community micro care or support providers that you know who might be interested in … Read more

Latest plan to end inappropriate learning disability care revealed, following failure to meet Winterbourne target

20th January 2015

The latest plan to end inappropriate learning disability hospital placements post-Winterbourne View has been revealed, following commissioners’ failure to meet a government target to do so. An article from Community Care reporting on this new plan is available here. Read more

How LAs allocate resources to carers through personal budgets

14th January 2015

The NIHR School for Social Care Research have published the research findings of a study on how local authorities allocate resources to carers through personal budgets. The key aims of this study were to explore what approaches local authorities in England were using to determine eligibility for and levels of Carer Personal Budgets, and why these … Read more

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