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Free resource - Saga Care Funding Advice Service - Essential Facts (click to download pdf)
 
Zoe Thompson shares details with Justice Together of how they used RAS and statutory guidance to get Direct Payments for access to leisure opportunities Background We applied for a Child in Need assessment for P (16 year old male) under Section 17 of the Children Act. P’s needs were assessed using the RAS form (Resource Allocation System). Here is a link to a blank copy of a RAS form. It is very long but has been useful, not just for direct payments but also as part of the evidence that was submitted to transfer P from DLA to PIP, where his funding was actually increased. We have also found the RAS form useful for providing evidence for P’s EHC Plan.…
 

Care Funding - Request a Guide

Friday, 29 January 2016
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An active and secure retirement is something we like to think we're all entitled to and we find it hard to imagine a time beyond that, when we may need care from other people. What's more, many people do not realise they may need to fund the care themselves. This guide will introduce you to the major issues surrounding long term care and some of the options available. Link to a form to fill in to enable you to download the guide (opens in new window)
 

Learning Disability Health Toolkit

Thursday, 28 January 2016
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This document contains all the information you should need to allow you to support people with learning disabilities on a day-to-day basis, to help them to improve and maintain their health. We do not think health should be seen as something separate, something we think about when we have time or when someone is ill. We should be more proactive than that. We should use every day routines to observe people’s health and wellbeing, to ensure we are doing everything we can to support them. Download the Learning Disability Health Toolkit here (opens in a new window) http://www.turning-point.co.uk/media/1098784/11643-healthcaretoolkit-lr.pdf
 

What to do when you are depressed

Monday, 18 January 2016
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http://inkandfeet.com/what-to-do-when-youre-depressed Blog with help and advice if you are suffering from depression - also includes how to help someone with depression http://inkandfeet.com/how-to-help-someone-with-depression 
 
Mental Health Act 1983: Code of Practice states that: 14.85 "When a patient’s carer informs the commissioner of difficulties in visiting the patient because of the distance that they need to travel, the commissioner should consider whether they can provide any assistance to support the patient’s carer to visit and maintain contact with the patient. The commissioner should inform the carer that they can request a carer’s assessment from the local authority. CCGs should work with the relevant NHS Commissioning Board regional team under these circumstances to seek to move the patient closer to their preferred location." https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/435512/MHA_Code_of_Practice.PDF
 

Autism and Intensive Interaction

Tuesday, 05 January 2016
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Autism and Intensive Interaction - A new training DVD from Phoebe Caldwell (clip) - link to YouTube video
 

Speaking for my teen and adult children

Tuesday, 05 January 2016
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A couple of weeks ago, the website called The Mighty,published a since-removed post called meltdown bingo.  The post was a pejorative “game” aimed to make light of children and adults experiencing sensory and emotional overload resulting in a meltdown. As some of my acquaintances pointed out, having a meltdown is not enjoyable for the person having the meltdown.  As a parent who has watched children go through meltdowns, it is also no fun for the family around a person having a meltdown.  Heck, I’ve had meltdowns myself, and they are no fun for me either (although I have more ability to temper my behavior than my kids do). Since that time, the disability community has issued a sharp rebuke to The…
 

Police and Criminal Evidence Act (PACE)

Tuesday, 05 January 2016
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The Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984 is the corner-stone of policing: it is the law that governs important state invasions into our civil liberties through stop and search; search and seizure; and arrest and detention without charge. It can seem overwhelmingly complex stuff and I admit that as a PC, I was often confused as to what was going on some of the time! I remember as a probationary constable watching a group of sergeants scrumming down with a copy of PACE to work out what on earth was going on with a prisoner who had been arrested in another force area and then transferred to the West Midlands. This was all before we had IT to do half the work…
 

Autism in children

Tuesday, 05 January 2016
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Autism can normally be diagnosed in children at around the age of two. In many cases, professional health workers may spot the signs of autism during normal childhood health checks, and this may lead to the child being formally diagnosed.   If you think your child may have autism, ask your GP to refer them to a consultant or diagnostic team with a good understanding of the condition. The National Autistic Society (NAS) is the leading UK charity for people with autism. It offers advice and support for those with their condition, and their loved ones. READ FULL ARTICLE ON AUTISM ON THE NHS WEBSITE (LINK OPENS IN A NEW WINDOW) 
 

Personal Budgets as an integral form of NHS care

Tuesday, 05 January 2016
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Summary  - There is growing evidence that personal budgets can be an effective, valued and value for money mechanism to improve the quality of life of people with long term conditions, and their experience of care and support services. They give people greater choice and control over the support they access, ensuring that it is shaped around their lives and goals. People who have used a personal budget to access support report improved experiences and wellbeing. Despite this evidence, some commentators have expressed concerns about the use of personal budgets within the NHS. Recent coverage has suggested that the support accessed through personal budgets can be inappropriate, dismissing them as allowing people to purchase ‘luxuries’. This has raised questions about…
 
From the NICE website: This guideline covers planning and delivering social care and support for older people who have multiple long-term conditions. It promotes an integrated and person-centred approach to delivering effective health and social care services. The Care Quality Commission uses NICE guidelines as evidence to inform the inspection process. Recommendations The guideline includes recommendations on: Identifying and assessing social care needs Care planning, including the role of the named care coordinator Supporting carers Integrating health and social care planning Delivering care Preventing social isolation Training health and social care practitioners Who is it for? Health and social care practitioners Providers of care and support in health and social care services Older people with social care needs and multiple…