Direct payments in residential care: ideas for implementation and some concerns about their value

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Martin Stevens considers the low uptake of direct payments in residential care: an evaluation of the Direct Payments in Residential Care Trailblazers.

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Power and powerlessness: Mental health practitioner and service user perspectives on personal budgets

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Martin Stevens examines a study on mental health service user and practitioner experiences of personal budgets and finds that power and attitudes remain important factors.

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A Suitable Person: An insider perspective finds conflict between parent-carers and practitioners

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Earlier this year, we posted about a study which showed positive outcomes being achieved by suitable persons for individuals lacking capacity to consent to direct payments.

Here Alex Leeder, who blogged about this study, looks at the views of parent-carers who have fulfilled the role of ‘suitable person’ – an ‘insider’ perspective.

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Supporting choice? Older people and personal budgets

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Martin Stevens examines research into how councils are implementing personal budgets for older people and has important questions about supporting choice.

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Direct Payments: Are they working well for people with learning disabilities or dementia who lack mental capacity to consent?

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Alex Leeder looks at the experiences of using ‘indirect’ payments in a qualitative study of the experiences of practitioners and ‘suitable’ people.

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Policy impacts on home care services for older people

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Mike Clark provides a timely commentary on research into the impact of personalisation on home care services for older people and finds inherent tensions between choice, competition and the desire for improving the relational aspects of direct care.

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Direct payments, dementia and 'suitable persons'

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Jeanne Carlin examines a study looking at how direct payments to ‘suitable persons’ might work for people with dementia, their carers and practitioners.

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What works for whom in support planning by ULOs?

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Gerry Bennison explores a study on support planning by user led organisations and wonders about the implications for personalisation and equality of access to social care and support.

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