We had a very useful and interesting event in Rotherham on Tuesday 12th of June.
The event was called “”All about Personal Budgets – by those who use them” and was attended by both service users and representatives from RMBC, NHS Rotherham and carers.
During the morning session we did a fun exercise around the language of personalisation. This prompted an interesting discussion focused around the differences in how Personal Budgets operate in Rotherham compared with Doncaster. For example, service users in Rotherham have been able to access an indirect payment and combined health and social care budgets for some time. However, there is no strong disabled persons user led group to ensure service users voices are heard at all levels .
After a lovely lunch (thanks to the chefs at my My Place!) there was a presentation from Angela Thompson , Skills for Care area officer. Angela talked through the apprenticeship scheme for health and social care and explained that Skills for Care are about to produce a new toolkit which they would like feedback on during July.
At the end of the session people said they found it had been ” very informative , in a friendly relaxed atmosphere ”
We will hopefully get a chance to look at the new apprenticeships toolkit at our next event in Thorne on Tuesday 10th of July, 1.30 PM to 4PM