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Report on Personal Budgets Launched

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On Saturday 29th March we launched or Report Personal Budgets: Where Next in Oxfordshire? This was the result of nearly four months of collaboration between ourselves and several other groups and organisations that had been involved with Personal Budgets locally and nationally.

 

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The report is based on local experiences, with the first two chapters themed 'What's Working Well?' and 'What Could be Done to make Personal Budgets Work Better?'. The third chapter uses national data to discuss some of the emerging themes, and the final chapter is an article by Community Catalysts about the micro-enterprises they've been supporting to develop.

 

The launch event was split into two halves, punctuated by a delicious vegetarian meal provided by Ingrid from the WOCA Cafe.

 

The first part of the event was a talk by Angela Catley of Community Catalysts. For several years, they have been supporting the development of 'micro-enterprises'. These are small support services, typically funded through personal Budgets or Personal Health Budgets, and often provided by individuals or groups with health and social care needs. You can look at Angela's slides here.

 

Slide of trains leaving the station

 

My favourite slide was this one, which Angela used to talk about co-operation. for all the elements of personalised care to work, all the elements had to be available at the same time; there's no point in receiving care through a personal budget unless you've got something to spend it on. This is a lesson we learned the hard way with our Peer Broker Course, which was really up and running before local systems could make use of it.

 

After lunch some people left, and the rest of us spent some time looking at what could happen from here. The report stops short of making recommendations, although it makes a few suggestions about how things might develop, and several of these themes were carried forwards in the discussion. Over the next few weeks we'll be talking to our partners in local organisations and to Healthwatch Oxfordshire, who sponsored the event and the report. We'll be trying to develop an action plan for how things move forwards from here.  If you have any suggestions, you can contact us through this form.

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