Individual budget plans must learn lessons from abroad says SCIE

Posted on January 1st, by editor in Caring Times. No Comments

Individual budget schemes in England can look overseas for guidance on planning effective and empowering services, according to a new research report from the Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE). The new report – Choice, control and individual budgets: emerging themes – reviews the effectiveness of similar schemes in the EU, USA, New Zealand and Australia. It raises some key considerations that can inform future UK policy. SCIE chief executive Bill Kilgallon said England must minimise the risks associated with individual budgets by ensuring adequate planning time; training for staff, service users and carers; and coherent and consistent policy. Speaking about the report. “Initiatives such as individual budgets and direct payments provide opportunities for social care to really engage service users in choosing, planning and controlling the support they require,” said Mr Kilgallon. “However, changing policies and procedures can be daunting, confusing and unsettling – both to the people who u

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