We are committed to delivering person-centred care and support to everyone who uses our services. This means working alongside the person to help them to decide what support they want, when they want it, and what they want to change and achieve, so that the support we provide responds to these needs.
Using person-centred tools
We use a number of person-centred thinking tools to help us learn more about the people we support and the things that are important to them. These tools are live documents and, as such, are constantly updated as people’s life choices and preferences change.
Making it real
We're involved in Making it Real – part of the 'Think Local, Act Personal' sector-wide partnership for transforming adult social care. Making it Real sets out what people who use services and carers expect to see and experience if support services are truly personalised. This is done through a set of 'progress markers' – written by real people and their families – that can help an organisation check how they're transforming adult social care. Many of our services have achieved the Making it Real kitemark – you can find out which ones by searching in your area or you can view a full list on the Making it Real website.
Our Involving People Group is made up of members of staff from services across the country. The aim of the group is to provide accessible information and policies, share information, raise staff awareness about involvement and resources, capture feedback from people we support, involve people who use our services with organisational changes, deliver two opportunities per year for the people we support to get together (Meet and Eat events), evidence our work and capture how it makes a difference to the people we support.
Our Involvement Standards were co-produced by the people we support and staff from our Involving People Group. They set out our promise to the people we support – and their loves ones – on what we will deliver and how we will feedback. They are made up of 16 'I can expect' standards, under four key themed areas; Communication, Choice, Decision and Learn. The 360-degree feedback and review process is designed to support people to feed information up to the Director and then for information on outcomes and decisions to be fed back to them.
Helping people to move on – if they want to
Some people may only need our services for a short time, and so we support people to gain the skills that they need to live more independently. We then help people to move on to other services, including planning where and how they want to live, and making choices about their lifestyle.
Constantly evolving services
We continually ask for feedback on our services from the people we support, their families and other professionals, as we want to evolve and develop our services so that they continue to meet the needs of the people we support right now and in the future.