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The Quality Forum

We have published the slides from the recent TLAP hosted Quality Forum, 15th September.

The Quality Forum is an event set up to bring whole sector strategic and senior representation together, along with people who have experience of using care services. They meet three times a year to host a series of workshops and engagement events based.

Minister of State for Care and Support Alistair Burt attended and acknowledged the current challenges within the social care sector. In addition, he praised the work of the TLAP Quality Forum as a sounding board representing the sector as a whole. He was particularly impressed with the TLAP National Coproduction Advisory Group and how people with experiences of using services can have a strategic voice to influence change.

Better Commissioning Resource – TLAP Quality Forum 15th September – Presentation slides

NICE Home Care guidelines launched

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence NICE have launched guidelines to promote high quality services for people who live in care homes.

The focus of the guidelines are on ensuring that home care services support the aspirations, goals and priorities of each person. The guidelines has been developed on behalf of NICE by the NICE Collaborating Centre for Social Care (NCCSC), a partnership led by SCIE.

NICE press Release
NICE guidelines
NICE collaborating centre

Individual employer funding

People who employ their own care and support staff (individual employers) can apply for funding from Skills for Care to cover the full cost of care related training for both themselves and their personal assistants.

Whilst Skills for Care does not directly arrange the training, they can fund courses and qualifications that meet the learning needs of the individual employer and/or their personal assistant(s).

The training must be started by 31st March 2016.

Individual employer funding:Info
Individual employer funding:More info

Blog -Building community capacity

“The bulk of social care is provided not by the statutory or voluntary social services agencies, but by ordinary people who may be linked into informal caring networks in their communities…..”

Building community capacity blog by Caroline Speirs, who is the Making it Real and Building Community Capacity Policy Advisor at TLAP.

Building community capacity blog

TLAP Events

Bringing the Care Act to life: Assessment, Care and Support Planning and Review event on 9th and 26th November.

-This is a very practical and interactive event to explore and share learning on how councils are delivering what the Care Act expects in relation to care and support planning and review.

Individual Service Funds (ISFs) learning sets event on 11th November and 12th January

-This is a half day event to establish Individual Service Fund learning sets at national, regional or local levels.

-Up to six learning sets will be established with ongoing support from TLAP and the Centre for Welfare Reform.

The Pioneer Assembly

‘Co-designing Service Transformation’ – takes place on the 29th September at Britannia Stadium, Stoke on Trent.

This is an event looking to use co-designing to improve care for cancer and end of life patients.

Speakers include Dr Fran Woodard, Director for England, Policy and Research (Macmillan Cancer Support).

Stoke event details
Stoke workshop registration

Older people’s day

Older people’s day is on 1st October. Have a look at their website to find out more about what they do and how you can get involved.

Older people’s day website

Research project

Jon Hyslop is a postgraduate research student at Oxford Brookes University who is carrying out research investigating the usefulness of peer support for people using personal budgets to plan their own health and social care support.

The project received ethical approval in June and is now looking for participants who have experience of providing peer support to personal budget users in a range of different settings.

There is more information about the project, including the dates and locations of groups on this web page. You can contact Jon by email (

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