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Joint Voluntary Sector Learning Event on Personalisation and Equalities

Race Equality Foundation

Tuesday, 10 December 2013 from 10:30 to 16:00 (GMT)

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The Department of Health, Public Health England, NHS England and the Health and Care Voluntary Sector Strategic Partners invite voluntary sector colleagues to join us in Leeds on Tuesday 10 December.


Participants will be invited to explore personalisation and equalities in the context of the contributions of local user-led, voluntary, community and social enterprise organisations.


The programme has been developed by Disability Rights UK, the Race Equality Foundation and the LGB&T Partnership in conjunction with DH, PHE and NHS England and includes key speakers from DH, equality and user-led organisations. 


This is an opportunity for voluntary sector organisations to network with each other and inform the wider system partners about their journeys and the support required.

Personalisation and Equalities are both prominent agendas in the ongoing health and social care reforms. Personalisation focuses on strengthening individuals’ choice and control up to the point of people managing their own Direct Payments. Equalities focuses on the protected characteristics as covered in the Equality Act, and on the reduction of health inequalities. This event will explore how the two distinct agendas can complement each other, in order to multiply the positive health and wellbeing outcomes they can bring.

Involvement in care has a direct effect on positive health outcomes. If empowered accordingly, equality groups can push for more personalised and hence more effective types of support by bringing to the fore the specific needs, assets and aspirations to benefit everyone. A lot can be achieved if groups of people come together on the basis of shared interests (rather than needs) and start to implement their own choices. Just as disabled people in social care have started to pool their personal budgets and developed a level of choice and control that had previously been inaccessible to them. Commissioners can respond and incorporate innovative choices into mainstream commissioning plans.

There are complexities surrounding some communities who are used to ‘receiving’ services, talking about personal issues within the context of Personalisation. 

Personalisation in turn is sometimes unfairly held to account for shortcomings in the social care system as a whole, such as higher eligibility thresholds, lack of advocacy and increased charging policies. It will be down to local partnerships to support their local communities to achieve greater levels of choice and control and thereby reduce health inequalities. Come on board, discuss and contribute to the projects that we hope to generate from this second event in Leeds which builds on the insights gained at our first event in London earlier this year.

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The Met Hotel
King Street
LS1 2HQ Leeds
United Kingdom

Tuesday, 10 December 2013 from 10:30 to 16:00 (GMT)

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Race Equality Foundation

Race Equality Foundation - we seek to explore what is known about discrimination and disadvantage, and to use this evidence to develop interventions that overcome barriers and promote race equality in health, housing and social care. 

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