Everything you wanted to know about ISFs but were afraid to ask

martin_walker_blog_picMartin Walker is the Policy Advisor for Personalised Commissioning and Self-directed support for TLAP. He leads on Individual Service Funds (ISFs) and over Social Care Curry a few weeks ago I was expressing my frustration that ISFs are still misunderstood and underused but potentially transformative for people and providers. Councils have a duty to offer Personal Budgets in all three of the specified ways under the Care Act, so why is this not happening? I asked Martin to help answer some questions about ISFs for this blog, and next week we are working together with NWADASS and TLAP to see if we can encourage and support people to use them more.

Over to Martin.

source site Lets start with what are ISFs?

Individual Service Funds, are one of the ways people can take a Personal Budget if they are entitled to support from their Council to meet needs regarding their wellbeing. It’s best to split up the terminology to understand them:

migliori opzioni digitali 2015 Individual service – the person needing support is in control of tailoring just what is provided, when, and by whom. They are able to flex this support as their life circumstances change, particularly important for people with fluctuating needs. But just as importantly, they enable people to switch the emphasis as some aspects improve and outcomes become achieved. Importantly, this is done in a partnership with a trusted provider, without needing to come back to the Council to change the schedule of support so often currently prescribed in detailed support plans.

source site Funds – the persons Personal Budget is paid to a trusted provider under the contract between the Council and provider. This fund is then managed by the provider on the persons behalf. The money is used in ways the person and provider agree will meet the needs and help achieve outcomes the person chooses to work on, as described in the HIGH LEVEL outcome focused plan that results from the Councils assessment of need. This might involve the provider purchasing things they don’t provide, effectively acting as a broker of services. It will be in their interests to secure best value for the person in these circumstances.

http://sumarplant.ro/franciye/2899 How do they relate to delivering the Care Act?

They help Councils make sure they are meeting their duty to offer Personal Budgets in all forms described in the Act.

They underpin and offer a practical mechanism to deliver the fundamental shifts outlined in the act to a focus on wellbeing, outcomes, person centred planning, social workers supporting people to achieve their chosen highest level of self advocacy, a changed role for commissioners from purchasers at scale to market facilitators and developers, the driving up of quality standards and a shift to individuals who receive support becoming the determinants of quality.

Most importantly, they offer a solution to the conundrum of the pay off between a high level of control meaning a significant amount of complexity and administrative burden for the person needing support.

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