Putting individual service funds (ISF) into practice: conference 31 January 2017

Learning disability: choice and control

SCIE, Helen Sanderson Associates and Think Local Act Personal were delighted to support an event where provider staff, who need to know how Individual Service Funds (ISFs) work, met up to discuss how best to put ISFs into practice.

ISF’s are one of the ways of organising personal budgets; they’ve been around for a long time but there are very few examples of them being used by people to get personalised support.

People with learning disabilities in three London boroughs will benefit from the change: SCIE, HSA and TLAP were commissioned to run the event for three boroughs (Hammersmith and Fulham, Kensington and Chelsea and Westminster) to explore how ISFs can transform care and support for people with a learning disability.

Delegates at the event

At the event, Jennifer Taylor, from People First Lambeth, spoke to delegates about what life is like for a person with a learning disability who is looking to have choice and control in their lives.

With ISFs the person, family and carers retain the choice and control over the support they need, without having to take on the responsibility of managing the money.

Listen to Jennifer’s seven minute speech

The budget goes directly to the care provider, who then works directly with the people and their carers to plan the detail of the support and account for the personal budget.

Here are pictures of what delegates discussed at the event, including some of the challenges and opportunities that individual service funds present.

Image from the event
Wallchart from the event showing challenges and opportunities