Making personal budgets dementia friendly: a guide for local authorities

Alzheimer’s Society, November 2016

Alzheimer’s Society has produced a personal budgets guide of easy and cost-effective actions councils can take to improve the personal budgets process for people with dementia and their carers. The aim of this is to help local authorities deliver person-centred care.

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Nearly two million patients to receive person-centred support to manage their own care

NHS England, April 2016

People with long-term conditions will be supported to better manage their own health and care needs, thanks to the roll-out of an evidence-based tool over the next five years.  NHS England has agreed a deal which will grant nearly two million people access to more person-centred care as part of its developing Self Care programme.  Local NHS organisations and their partners are being invited to apply for free access to patient activation licences, which will help them assess and build their patients’ knowledge, skills and confidence, empowering people to make decisions about their own health and care.

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Building the House of Care

The Health Foundation, December 2015

This paper explores how the House of Care, a coordinated approach to personalised care and support planning, can transform the health and care of people with long-term conditions (LTCs). It contains case studies of evolving practice in Leeds and Somerset and seeks to understand how two whole health economies – individuals, communities, health and social care services and others – are working to manage the rise in the number of people with multiple LTCs and enhance their care experiences. The paper is intended for CCGs, public health teams, other front-line providers and national bodies.

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A practical guide to self-management support: key components for successful implementation

The Health Foundation, December 2015

This guide provides an overview of self-management support and the key components for effective implementation. It is aimed at those starting their self-management support journey and those building on and improving the support that they already provide. The guide explains what self-management support is and why it is important. It then looks at various aspects of putting it into practice, including planning and commissioning, building knowledge, skills and confidence, and measurement and evaluation. It also contains suggestions for further reading and case studies of self-management support in practice.

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Voice, choice and control: how registered nurses, care and support staff in the care sector can support people to achieve these aims

Department of Health, November 2015

This document provides guidance on how registered nurses, care and support staff can enable relationship-centred care, and how they can work with others to achieve personalised care and support.

The guidance is for staff across a range of care settings, including care home staff and carers who look after people in their own homes.

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People in control of their own health and care: The State of Involvement

The King’s Fund, 4 November 2014

The idea that people should have a stronger voice in decisions about their health and care, and that services should better reflect their needs and preferences, has been a policy goal of politicians and senior policy-makers in health for at least 20 years. Patients want it, and the evidence shows that when they are involved, decisions are better, health and health outcomes improve, and resources are allocated more efficiently.
Despite this, and some small pockets of improvement, there has generally been a lack of progress towards fully involving people in their own health and care. This report examines the reasons behind this, and considers how we can advance the cause of making person-centred care the core of health and care reform.

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