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There is a clear divergence emerging between each region in the UK in terms of the nature and pace of implementing a policy framework that supports older service users and promotes a person-centred framework. Following devolution, Scotland and Wales have developed adult social care strategies underpinned by person-centred principles through divergent policies and provision from each other and England. Meanwhile, in Northern Ireland, policy developments have not progressed at the same pace as the rest of the UK and there has been emphasis on a person-centred policy for adult social care users. The acknowledged shift in dependency ratios and increasing […]
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As with its predecessor – direct payments, offering a cash alternative to directly provided services – the meanings and roles of the personalisation approach are often seen as competing or contradictory. On one hand, its origins stemmed from disability activism and represented a radical, hard-fought and vital departure from paternalism in service provision. The experiences of many disabled people showed that direct payments could lead to greater self-determination and a pathway towards independent living, albeit it has been predominantly people with physical disabilities who have received direct payments. On the other hand, personalisation has its neoliberal admirers and the goals […]
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I am honoured to have been invited to write a response to Andy Burham’s recent speech on his vision for an integrated health service, in relation to how it affects disabled people. Before I begin I think I should assist in avoiding any confusion by explaining I am not that Simon Stevens, the one in control of health services in England. Instead, I am an independent disability consultant with 20 years experience of social care as a service user and someone working in the field in many ways. Labour is promising a fully integrated health and social care system hailed […]
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