Radian Support case studies

Read or watch how we help to support people to lead independent lives.

 

1. Autism

Watch Ross's story:

pdf Understanding individual needs - Ross's story 

 

2. Learning Disabilities

 Watch Barry's story:

 

pdf Independence - Barry's story

pdf Home for good - Anthony's story

Watch Becky's story:

 

3. Lifelink

Watch Ethel's story

Watch Max's story:

 

4. Extra Care

Watch Cy's story:

 Watch Doreen's story:

pdf A little encouragement - Doreen's story

 

 5. At Home

Watch Theresa's story

 Theresa - Loving life at home

pdf The "godmothers of caring" - Pamela's story

 

 

Driving Up Quality

Driving Up Quality logoRadian Support's self assessment

A Code of best practice has been developed by the Driving Up Quality Alliance as a way of care providers pledging a commitment to those people being supported. As a provider of care to people with learning disabilities, Radian Support have signed up to the Code and provided a self assessment.

About the DUQ Code self assessment

The Driving Up Quality (DUQ) Code sets out 5 key areas that make a good organisation:

  1. Support is focused on the person
  2. The person is supported to have an ordinary and meaningful life
  3. Care and support focuses on people being happy and having a good quality of life
  4. A good culture is important to the organisation
  5. Managers and board members lead and run the organisation well

We have completed the self assessment and you can view our report here.

We also have an Easy Read version of the report - click here to see it.

You can find out more about Driving Up Quality, the Code and much more by visiting their website: www.drivingupquality.org.uk.

 

Personal budgets

Your Life, Your Choice, Your Way

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How do I get a Personal Budget?
What can I use my Personal Budget for?
Getting an Personal Budget: the Seven Steps
Will a Personal Budget affect my benefits?
My money, my way
Direct Payments

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How to get support from Radian Support

You can choose to ask for a personal budget to pay for the services that Radian Support can provide for you, this is a sum of money allocated to you as a result of an assessment of your needs. The amount of money you are awarded is based on the 'eligible needs' you have at that time. Eligible needs are those which the local council's policy says it has a duty to support you with. A personal budget gives you control over how your support is provided and your support plan is developed.

Radian Support will make sure that the route to getting support is about you and helping you achieve the outcome you want.

We're always happy to speak to you about what we can offer.


How do I get a personal budget?

You should ask the local authority to carry out a needs assessment which will determine your needs and from this you are given an 'indicative budget' (an estimated budget) so that you can develop a support plan, with help from others as necessary, based around what matters to you and what works for you. A personal budget gives you choice and control over how your care and support is delivered and by whom.

Radian Support can offer you advice and support in requesting a needs assessment if you wish us to.

In general, the process works as follows:

  • You have a needs assessment to establish which needs you have that can be supported ('eligible needs')
  • You are allocated an 'indicative budget' (estimated budget)
  • You develop a 'support' or 'care' plan for using the indicative budget to meet your eligible needs.
  • You submit your plan for approval to your local authority
  • You revise your plan if necessary.
  • Once your plan is approved, you will be told the final amount of your Personal Budget and can make the necessary arrangements to get the support you have chosen.
  • You will be asked to attend a review of your plan and the amount of your Personal Budget on a regular basis (this generally varies between 3 and 12 month intervals, depending on circumstances)


What can I use my Personal Budget for?

You can use a Personal Budget in a variety of ways, but what you use it for must be directly related to meeting your ‘eligible needs’ for social care.

Some of the ways in which people have chosen to use their Personal Budgets are:

  • Getting help to live independently
  • Employing a personal assistant
  • Getting help with cooking, shopping and cleaning
  • Having short breaks or a holiday
  • Leisure activities, e.g. an art class or a walking group
  • Having driving lessons
  • Buying specialist or computer equipment to make life easier
  • Buying membership of a gym or sports club
  • Finding a job or learning new skills

A Personal Budget cannot be used:

  • For anything that is not directly related to meeting your eligible social care needs
  • For things which the local council has prohibited. These vary, but generally include gambling, debt repayment, alcohol and tobacco, anything which is illegal, and anything which will cause harm to yourself or other people
  • To meet needs in ways which are solely the responsibility of the NHS, such as the provision of medication.


Getting a Personal Budget: the Seven Steps

There are seven steps to you being in control of your support and this may change a little bit depending on the local council where you live.

1. Working out what you need

  • A self assessment form is filled out so the local council can understand the effect your disability has on your life.
  • You may also need to fill out a financial assessment questionnaire

2. How much money will I get?

  • The local council will work out how much the Individual Budget you will get is likely to be

3. Planning my support

  • You create your own plan of what you need and want, you can get help from other people if you want

4. Agreeing my plan

  • If the local council is funding you, then you will need to agree the plan and how much it will cost with them
  • Once this is done, the you will get your own budget

5. You Life, Your Choice, Your Way

  • You can decide how much you want to look after your own budget or if you would like help to manage it from someone else or another organisation, like Radian Support.

6. Arranging my support

  • You spend your budget on what you need and want, we can help you to find the support you want, where and when you need it.

7. Making sure it’s going well


Will a Personal Budget affect my benefits?

No, a Personal Budget is money for social care or support. It is different from the money you may get in your benefits, and is not counted as income for benefit or tax purposes.

However, it is very important to be aware that income from certain benefits may be taken into account when assessing your financial contribution towards the costs of your social care support (also referred to as 'charging' for social care). So, while your benefits are not affected, the fact that you receive certain benefits may mean you have to pay more towards your social care.


My money, my way

You can choose to take your personal budget as either:

A Direct Payment: which is where the council gives you the money and you get to spend it your way.

An Individual Service Fund: which is for when you don’t want to manage your money yourself – so you can ask the council to pay it to an organisation like Radian Support. Radian Support will then pay the people and services you tell us to.

You don’t have to take responsibility for your Personal Budget if you don’t want to. Radian Support can help you to manage it if that is what you want.


Direct Payments

Direct payments are a cash payment given to you by your local authority social services department when you need community care services or carers' services.

You must have been assessed as needing services to receive a direct payment. The payment must be used to purchase the services that you have been assessed as needing.

Who can get direct payments?

  • Direct payments are available to carers and disabled people over the age of 16 who have been assessed as needing services. Any person who receives direct payments must be willing and able to manage them (alone or with assistance).
  • Local authorities may directly arrange some services for a person as well as making direct payments to them.
  • People receiving direct payments can ask a carer or another person to manage them and to act as their agent. Day-to-day control of the money and the care package passes to the person who is best able to ensure that it is spent properly on the most appropriate services for the person.
  • People receiving direct payments have to account for how the money is spent. The local authority will tell the recipient what records it needs and what information it expects them to provide - for example, timesheets or receipts for services provided. This is because it has to make sure that the needs for which the direct payment is given are actually being met.

What can direct payments be used for?

A range of support services is available, and direct payments can be used to buy either all of the support that you have been assessed as needing, or just part of that support. Each person's needs are different, so it is important to discuss with the social worker what the direct payment will be spent on. The local authority must agree what the direct payment should be used for.

This information applies in England and Wales.

Radian Support provides a range of services for people using Direct Payments, including:

  • Advice and information
  • Employing a Personal Assistant(s)
  • Managed Accounts service
  • Payroll services

To find out more about how Radian Support can help you call us on 01753 747372 or email: info@radiansupport.co.uk.

 

About Radian Support

Your life, your choice, your way

Radian Support is a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to supporting adults in Southern and Central England with individual needs, such as learning disabilities, autism, mental health and other related needs, to lead fulfilling and independent lives.

Part of the larger Radian Group, we are large enough to offer value for money, but small enough to retain a personal and flexible service.

Quality is at the heart of our business and Radian Support has a reputation for high quality. All our activity is underpinned by a robust continuous improvement plan incorporating people's views.  Our services offer peace of mind for individuals, commissioners, relatives, families and carers alike. 

Renowned for its staff expertise and people focus, and with strong embedded values, Radian Support can deliver the most complex, individual support services.This is why Radian Support has 'preferred provider' status with many Social Services departments, and takes an active part in Support and Care strategy across the Southern and Central regions.

Our values are:

  • Choice
  • Opportunity
  • Trust

Click here for our Carers Charter 

Registered office: Radian Support Ltd, Parkside House, 33-39 Sheet Street, Windsor, Berkshire, SL4 1BY

Registered Society No. 27209R

Authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority

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Radian Support's Management

Senior Management

Photo of Gina Small, Director of Radian SupportGina Small, Director of Radian Support

Gina has been working in health and social care for the past 30 years, starting as a nurse in her native Glasgow, before moving south in 1986 and working across a range of services in both an operational and commissioning role.  She has always had a passion in developing projects and services which recognise the rights and needs of people with disabilities and which seek to make a real, positive difference in their lives.

Tel:  01753 747358          
E-mail: gina.small@radiansupport.org.uk

Photo of Sean King, Head of OperationsSean King, Head of Operations

Sean joined Radian Support in 2001 as Area Manager. In his current role as Head of Operations, Sean is oversees the smooth running of all of the services delivered in Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Surrey.

Sean has helped to integrate several large new support contracts into the business and, working with other members of the Senior Management team in Radian Support, has helped to increase the organisation's turnover from £6 million to £16 million.

Prior to joining us, Sean worked for Berkshire Social Services, before transferring to the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead as Team Manager for two learning disability units.

Sean has 28 years experience in the social care sector, including six years working with children with learning disabilities. He has progressed through a number of 'hands on' and then management roles, for local authority and not-for-profit organisations. Previous posts include Assistant Team Manager, Residential Care Officer and Community Support Worker.

Sean holds a Diploma in Management Studies and a Diploma in Social Work, and has undertaken numerous training programmes relevant to the social care sector and to people and financial management.

Tel:  01753 747354
E-mail: sean.king@radiansupport.org.uk

Photo of Jason Gregory, Head of Development and PerformanceJason Gregory, Head of Development and Performance

Jason joined us in May 2012 as Interim Regional Manager and is really excited about the opportunities to develop our services, particularly our care attendant schemes (CAS) and making our telecare offer an integral part of our care service.

His responsibilities include strategic leadership of our Hampshire services – CAS Petersfield, Portsmouth Supported Living, Lifelink and our new Winchester Extra Care Service, as well as CAS Berkshire.

A relatively recent convert to the social care world, Jason's background is mainly commercial beginning his working life as an investment banker and subsequently spending several years in retail operations for organisations such as Pizza Hut and JD Wetherspoons.

There came a point in his life when pizza – although very tasty - just wasn't enough so he joined Turning Point as Regional Manager for learning disabilities services and was Assistant Director for Substance Misuse and Young People's services.

Jason loves working in social care, and feels privileged to come to work and contribute to providing quality services for the people we support.

Tel: 01753 747368

E-mail: jason.gregory@radiansupport.org.uk