The white rabbit has a beer

the white rabbit has a beer

Following my first client visit I was sitting drinking a cold beer (much deserved you must admit!) and enjoying the early evening sunshine outside a Pub in little Venice while I waited for some friends. I was musing over my day and found myself thinking about how wordy  it gets explaining the support planning process from start to finish. It causes a glazed look to come over friends who ask what I’m doing. So its no wonder that our clients, and those caring for them, who are already navigating the difficulties that come with having either a learning disability, a mental health issue, a debilitating physical disability, or being elderly, find it daunting when faced with all the information and terminology that support planners “throw at them” on the first visit  . So I began to ponder a way of simplifying the explanation in its bare bones form so that it could be more clearly understood as a start to finish process. This was the idea I came up with – make it visual. I am scanning it in here so that if anybody fancies giving it a go and seeing if it helps they can . I have found it useful. Here it is:-

The support planning process - start to finish

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2 Responses to The white rabbit has a beer

  1. cb says:

    Thanks for sharing your story as a support planner. I feel a bit frustrated by the lack of support our LA give us with individual budgets. I wish we have access to support planners. It feels like we are consistently giving our service users a second class service due to issues of lack of capacity and we are siphoning through ‘managed’ PBs which are no different to the ‘old style’ but they still count for LA purposes are ‘PBs’. It feels wrong.

    • kaz57 says:

      again i agree with you – i really dont know where busy social workers would find the time to give a first class service to what usually ends up becoming complex and challenging scenarios especially with the learning disabled and the elderly clients. I have yet to encounter a case in which the client, or rather the clients worn out and frustrated family, end up opting to keep council managed services ….hopefully as support planners we will be able to facilitate less of that happening because we have the luxury of time to spend on each case.Is it on the cards to introduce support planners where you are or will they leave it all up to you to do in the forseeable future?

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