Residents urged to learn more about adult social care change

By on 01/03/2010 in News

Social care professionals and any Adults in Birmingham who receive social care services are being urged to attend a free special event at the Custard Factory tomorrow at 9.30am that will help them to understand what the city's personalisation agenda will mean for them.

The aim of personalisation is to give the service user more say in how the money they are entitled to care services is spent, rather than presenting them with a 'one-size-fits-all' package of services.

This means that people who feel that existing services do not suit them will have the option of using the resources in a different way, either by receiving cash directly from the state and taking full responsibility for employing care staff (known as a Direct Payment) or it can mean being made aware of how much money is being spent on their behalf but leaving responsibility for service delivery with the local authority. Personalisation does not necessarily mean that everybody will have to organise the services they receive for themselves.

Peter Hay, Strategic Director, Adults and Communities, Birmingham City Council, says:

“We’re delighted to host this event and to provide an opportunity for councils leading the way in personalised care to share ideas”.

Organised by Research in Practice for Adults (Ripfa), the Personalisation Knowledge Fair will be held on Tuesday 2nd March and will offer an opportunity for partner agencies to share their achievements in progressing the personalisation agenda and share good practice with one another.

To register your attendance, please call 01803 869756 or email barbara@ripfa.org.uk

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