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Personal commissioning (social care)


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To provide an introduction to the Care Act 2014, Eligible needs criteria, Personal Budgets and managing the budget including direct payments and individual service funds.

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Personal commissioning (social care)

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  2. 2. Aims To provide delegates with an understanding of; The Care, 2014 in relation to personal budgets The eligible needs criteria Personal budgets Managing a personal budget including oDirect Payments oIndividual Service Funds 2
  3. 3. Care Act, 2014 The Care Act introduces new functions upon councils to focus on promoting wellbeing and prevention including offering personal budgets, establishing information services, and arranging independent advocacy services. 3
  4. 4. ‘Eligible Needs’  The Act sets out a new legal duty for an adult’s ‘eligible needs’ to be met by the local authority, subject to their financial circumstances.  An assessment must be carried out by an appropriately trained assessor, for instance a social worker, who will consider a number of factors, such as: – the person’s needs and how they impact on their wellbeing – for instance, a need for help with getting dressed or support to get to work – the outcomes that matter to the person – for example, whether they are lonely and want to make new friends – the person’s other circumstances - for example, whether they live alone or whether someone supports them 4
  5. 5. Personal Budgets 5  A personal budget is a statement of the amount of money needed to meet the eligible social care needs.  It allows the user (or representative) to control the financial resources for their support and the way the support is provided to them.  A Personal budget is the route to achieving independent living based on the social model of disability. It assists disabled people to live an active life and participate in society. It enables them to achieve the outcomes stated in their personalising care and support planning
  6. 6. Managing a Personal Budget  Direct payments – the local authority pays some or all of the personal budget funding into the users bank account or a separate bank account held by a person (e.g. third agent, support broker) nominated by the user.  An account managed by the council (as indirect payments) – the council will manage the budget and will commission services on the users behalf.  As an Individual Service Fund (ISF) – the local authority pays an organisation that provides support services and will follow the users instructions in getting the services they need. 6
  7. 7. Implications for Voluntary Organisations  Direct payments – Individuals who are in control of their budget can choose to spend it in ways which meet their needs which are outside of traditional ‘care services’  An account managed by the council. Hertfordshire CC could commission services for an individual from a voluntary organisation.  As an Individual Service Fund (ISF) – the local authority pays an organisation that provides support services to hold the ISF. A voluntary organisation could be that holder or could be contracted by the holding organisation to provide a part of the individuals support if that is what the individual wants.  Individuals may purchase support from their own funds 7
  8. 8. Implications for Voluntary Organisations Shaping and describing your ‘offer’ in a way which will be attractive Managing diverse income streams/charging/pre- payment cards Working with other organisations to be a part of a larger offer of support. Ensuring your beneficiaries know their options. 8
  9. 9. Any Questions? 9
  10. 10. Contact us Susan Jessop 07701 007 127 Lynda Tarpey Maddy Thomson 10