Supporting people: Towards a person-centred approach by Peter Beresford

By Peter Beresford

There is frequent contract that care and help providers needs to swap extensively in the event that they are to fulfill the rights and wishes of the speedily starting to be variety of those who require them.For the 1st time, assisting humans explores with provider clients, practitioners, carers and bosses what person-centred aid capacity to them, what limitations stand in its method and the way those will be triumph over. It presents a different roadmap for the long run, supplying theoretical insights, functional information and highlighting the significance of a participatory procedure. in response to the most important self sustaining united kingdom research of person-centred aid and written through an skilled crew that comes with provider clients, practitioners and researchers, it demonstrates how swap will be made now, and what strategic adjustments should be wanted for person-centred help to have a sustainable future.

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Downhampton is a large town with a long industrial history. The local council is working with the local National Health Service primary care trust (PCT), to improve services for adults with learning difficulties from minority ethnic communities. There has been a very low take-up of services in this group. The work is led by a sub-group of the local learning disability partnership board. The three main elements of their strategy are: • support for family carers, through a carers’ group, especially for non-English speakers; • a self-advocacy and support group for people with learning difficulties from minority ethnic communities; • a local authority access team encouraging more ‘person-centred’ support so minority ethnic service users and carers are better able to access mainstream services.

At its heart personalisation seems to be used to mean tailoring the service or support to the individual citizen or service user. While, as we have 39 Supporting people said, its definition remains vague and unclear, in social care it appears to serve as a synonym for person-centred support. It is this latter term that we will mainly be using in this book although we see the two terms as having significantly shared meanings. In this chapter we will look at the origins of the idea and practice of ‘person-centred support’, but focus particularly on the meanings that service users, practitioners and managers now seem to attach to it.

Services that too often created a culture of dependency and move towards a future that seeks to develop the potential that is in every single individual. (Dowling et al, 2006, p 1) 42 Person-centred support Reviewing the literature of person-centred planning in social care, Sandra Dowling and her colleagues say that it: … is at the heart of much recent policy relating to the provision of social care services. It refers to a family of approaches aimed at enabling people who use services to plan their own futures and to get the services that they need.

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