National Care Forum

LinkedIn

Member log in


Join NCF

...promoting quality care through the not-for-profit care sector for over 25 years

HomeAboutQuality FirstMembersEventsForumsNewsGDPRPartnersSurveys & ReportsSuppliersNCF CalendarOutstanding

Back to news

Beyond direct payments

15 February 2018

This guidance has been developed to make the case for new approaches to support people should a direct payment not be the preferred option. It challenges the view that support from micro-enterprises can only be purchased using a direct payment. It offers alternative options for consideration:

Micro-enterprises
Individual Service Funds
New models of commissioning

The guidance has been co-authored by Dr Simon Duffy, Director of the Centre for Welfare Reform and Angela Catley, Director of Operations and Communications at Community Catalysts. They conclude with a call to action.

“Personalisation began by focusing on the person and their right to take control. This idea was integrated into the hope that health and social care systems can return to an appreciation of the value of community and the need to see each other as active citizens, to ensure we can all live lives of equality and meaning.

"These powerful and inspiring ideas have however come into conflict with some brute realities; austerity has stripped resources away from health, and particularly from social care and it’s natural for people now to cling to the familiar; vested interests, established ways of working. Yet it is precisely in times like this that new thinking, a new level of courage is required.

"We need to make the jump to a different set of assumptions about what is possible and what is worth doing:

• expect local leadership to emerge and support micro-enterprise and other community initiatives as valid and powerful support options

• think of support providers as partners and give them the means to work flexibly and as part of the local community by using Individual Service Funds

• re-think the role of commissioning and, in particular, build an infrastructure that enables money and attention to move transparently to where it is most needed".


National Care Forum, 3 The Quadrant, Coventry, CV1 2DY | Tel: 024 7624 3619 | Email:
Copyright National Care Forum 2018

Developed by C4 Multimedia

registered address: National Care Forum, 3 The Quadrant, Coventry, CV1 2DY
A not-for-profit company limited by guarantee registered in England No. 4668278
Tel: 024 7624 3619 | Email:


At the National Care Forum we value keeping your personal information safe and secure. We have updated our Privacy Policy to reflect the new data protection legislation that came into force on 25th May 2018.

The new legislation doesn’t change how we use your personal information. It simply makes it easier for you to find out how we protect and treat your personal data. If you’d like to find out more about how we manage your data, please download our privacy policy.

Developed by C4 Multimedia