Direct Payments and Personal Budgets: Putting Personalisation into Practice

Direct Payments and Personal Budgets: Putting Personalisation into Practice


By (author) Jon Glasby, By (author) Rosemary Littlechild


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  • Publisher: Policy Press
  • Format: Paperback | 240 pages
  • Dimensions: 171mm x 235mm x 13mm | 408g
  • Publication date: 6 May 2009
  • Publication City/Country: Bristol
  • ISBN 10: 1847423175
  • ISBN 13: 9781847423177
  • Edition: 2, Revised
  • Edition statement: 2nd Revised edition
  • Sales rank: 406,157

Product description

Direct payments and personal budgets are two of the most exciting and important developments in adult social care since the Second World War. From very small-scale origins, both have grown rapidly and are now set to transform the whole of adult social care. In future, the government has pledged that everyone will receive a personal budget, and managers, practitioners and students alike will need to be fully conversant with the implications of this. Against this background, this is the first UK introductory textbook on direct payments and personal budgets, summarizing the current evidence and implications for policy and practice. Designed for front-line practitioners and for student social workers, the book places these policies in context, explores their origins and impacts, and sets out the challenges and opportunities for practice. Written by leading national experts in the personalization agenda, the book is essential reading for everyone involved in social care.

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Author information

Jon Glasby is Professor of Health and Social Care and Co-Director of the Health Services Management Centre, University of Birmingham. A qualified social worker by background, he is also a board member of the Social Care Institute for Excellence. Rosemary Littlechild is a Senior Lecturer in Social Work at the Institute of Applied Social Studies in the School of Social Policy at the University of Birmingham. She is a qualified social worker and her research and publication interests are in work with older people, community care, partnership working between social care and health services and service user and carer involvement.

Review quote

"Helpful to have this all in one text - explores important issues related to user empowerment." Karin Crawford, University of Lincoln, Hull

Table of contents

Introduction; History - why direct payments and personal budgets are different from what went before; Direct payments - where they came from and how they developed; The lessons of direct payments - how they spread and what they achieved; Personal budgets - where they came from and why they matter; The advantages of direct payments and personal budgets; Possible barriers; Conclusions - implications for community care.