SCIE Report 40: Keeping personal budgets personal: learning from the experiences of older people, people with mental health problems and their carers
Support planning and setting up services
All the carers of personal budget holders with mental health problems who contributed to the study had had some involvement in the support planning process but the extent of this varied considerably. Some did not feel it was their place to shape the support plan, saying things like 'I mean the budget is for him, his needs, not mine', and they were happy that the personal budget holder worked with their community nurse or the support provider to devise the support plan. Others had been fully involved with the personal budget holder in drawing up the plan. This was most often the case where the personal budget holder was experiencing a mental health crisis at the time, where there were specific safeguarding issues to be considered or where the content of the support plan had implications for the carer.
The carers of older personal budget holders were all fully involved in the support planning process, which again may partially reflect the fact that many of them were caring for someone with dementia. Most reported that the support planning process had been largely positive, although there were mixed views about support planning templates, forms and the guidance provided.
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