We have launched an online resource to improve knowledge about direct payments for practitioners and people who receive them.
‘Direct payments: a guide’ supports good practice by giving access to essential information, case studies, data, and research about direct payments. This is part of a suite of information resources to support social care in Wales.
A partnership with frontline workers, managers, the voluntary sector and direct payments recipients has helped shape ‘Direct payments: a guide’ at every stage of its development.
The resource brings together:
- information about how direct payments can give people choice and flexibility
- examples of how practitioners can use direct payments to effectively and creatively achieve people’s well-being outcomes
- advice for practitioners and recipients about best practice during assessments
- information about the support available from local authorities to be a direct payments employer
- useful links to signpost users to more information.
Sue Evans, our Chief Executive, said:
“We know the uptake of direct payments is lower in Wales than in England. Voice and control is a key principle of the Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act 2014 and direct payments can improve individuals’ choice, control and independence in meeting their care and support needs.
“‘Direct payments: a guide’ will help put practitioners and people who use care and support on a level playing field by giving both groups access to the same information, practice examples and awareness of the support available from local authorities to be a direct payments employer.”
Damian Bridgeman, our Board member, the vice chair of our Improvement Committee and a direct payments recipient, said:
“This resource will help level conversations between practitioners and individuals, and will support breaking down the barriers that sometimes exist when discussing direct payments.”
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