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Personalisation, personal budgets and family carers: Whose assessment? Whose budget?

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JournalJournal of Social Work
DateAccepted/In press - 2015
DateE-pub ahead of print - 23 Mar 2016
DatePublished (current) - 1 Mar 2017
Issue number2
Number of pages20
Pages (from-to)147-166
Early online date23/03/16
Original languageEnglish


The policy of personalisation in English adult social care prioritises choice and control by service users over the support they receive. Carers also have rights to assessments and support, but these rights have developed separately, so interdependencies between carers and service users may be overlooked. Moreover it may be difficult to reconcile these divergent policies in routine practice.

This paper reports findings from a study examining the roles played by carers in England in the processes of assessment, support planning and management of personal budgets for disabled and older people. The study was conducted between January 2011 and February 2013. It involved a survey of sixteen adult social care departments across two English regions, and interviews with personalisation and carers lead officers in three local authorities. The Framework approach was used to manage the data, and analysis was done thematically.

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  • personalisation, personal budgets, carers


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