The Care Service Improvements Partnership now features.a direct payments solution on its Knowledge Community website, giving information on all aspects of direct payments and how to access them, including easy-to-read versions for people with learning disabilities.

The Care Service Improvements Partnership now features.a direct payments solution on its Knowledge Community website, giving information on all aspects of direct payments and how to access them, including easy-to-read versions for people with learning disabilities.

For example, there are links to sections on:

  • leadership...
  • straightforward systems
  • learning and development
  • communication
  • comprehensive support
  • commissioning
  • promoting equal access.

All sections include examples of their subject in action - for example,.training and leadership courses, ways in which direct payment uptake has been improved, and so on.

Direct payment background

Disabled people and their allies introduced direct payments in England in April 1997 following a long campaign.

Over the past 10 years, thousands of people have benefited from the choice and control these payments.offer..With the current focus on redesigning the care system, direct payments are the way to prepare for radical change, as well as.an important means of realising change.

Increasing the Uptake of Direct Payments, a Department of Health self-assessment guide published in 2006, provided local authorities and their partners with a means of assessing and planning their direct payments services. Regional events have promoted the use of the guide, and facilitated exchange of expertise and local solutions..These have been organised into this national solution set.

Now, the CSIP solution set provides a way of sharing what works and building.on this to promote and provide direct payments.

The contents largely reflect the themes in the self-assessment guide, which was designed to encompass services for all..In response to the regional work, an additional set has been added, 'promoting equal access', to highlight specific issues for some groups who find it difficult to access services.

This. new solution set is intended as a starting point for increasing the sharing of solutions. We welcome additional entries and any other comments..Click here for more information.