independent living

This DVD asks viewers to consider their physical health, mental health and aspects of their life style that contribute in good or bad ways to both of these. It advocates regular physical health checks and the creation of a personal health action plan as part of a personalised and joined up service. It also describes the role of 'health facilitators', who can be friends, relatives or another trusted individual, to act as a broker between health services and a person with learning disabilities.

Briefing paper looking at how transition services need to support disabled young people and their families through the change from childhood to adulthood and emphasising the importance of services being responsive, flexible and high quality.

Brochure which sets out an integrated approach to healthy ageing by providing examples of good practice and policy recommendations in areas such as economics, housing, transport and education to assist the development of effective healthy ageing strategies at EU, national, local and individual level.

Report that examines the principles of personalisation and considers some of the likely consequences and emergent issues in terms of changes in the nature of work, particularly focusing on likely workforce development challenges in terms of the provision of appropriate skills to support the personalisation agenda.

DH Care Networks have been developed to facilitate the implementation of policy and offer specialist support around service transformation, integration and whole system reform, housing with care, assistive technology and partnership working. Networks currently on the site are: Integration, Personalisation, Prevention, Independent Living Choices, Dignity in Care, Commissioning, Dementia, Care Services Efficiency Delivery (CSED), Common Assessment Framework (CAF) for Adults, and Personal Health Budget Network. Each network contains a range of useful resources and tools.

Report investigating what it would mean if the social services system in the UK was underpinned by a philosophy of independent living. It describes transformative work already done to show what personalisation looks like in practice, uses case studies of user-led organisations to describe the 'why', 'what' and 'how' of independent living and suggests what should be possible if government implements wholesale reform of the system.

Report arguing that the social care system in England suffers from a number of flaws such as lack of clarity, complexity and unfairness. It puts forward the idea of a constitution for social care which would ensure a system based on a clear set of principles setting out exactly what users can expect from the system and what they might contribute in return.