People we work with often ask ‘What supports wellbeing?’
The Care Act 2014 has an emphasis on Wellbeing and therefore it is a key aspect of all assessment and planning work in Health and Social Care.
In the practice of Independent Support Brokerage and Person-Centred Planning, we often talk about the concept of ‘purpose’.
However, it’s often missed in the health & social care process as an integral element of a person’s life- so why should we place such emphasis and importance on it?
Research study on purpose and mortality
A recent study conducted in the USA in 2019, followed 6985 adults over the age of 50 to identify a link between life purpose and all-cause mortality rate.
This is huge. This provides evidence which connects a person having a clear purpose in life; with their well-being.
How does Independent Support Brokerage link to the concept of purpose?
Stories of how Support Brokerage has enabled people to pursue their sense of purpose:
Jenny was living in a cramped home with parents as an adult, with no sense of future direction. Through accessing Independent Support brokerage, Jenny was able to move into her own home, employ her own support team using a Direct Payment, and set up her own business.
Billy was facing a future after school which was very lonely and isolated, and without any particular direction. With some Support Brokerage input, Billy became involved in what was going on in his local community, joined local clubs and began speaking at events about inclusion.
Nicky was a lady in her mid-40s. She had been placed in a home for older people because that was the only provision ‘available’ to her, which could meet her complex support needs. The home was out of area- far away from her family and the community she knew well. With input from a Support Broker and key family members, Nicky was able to develop a plan to move into her own home back in her local community. Her family helped her to recruit & manage a team of Personal Assistants using her Direct Payment, which enabled her to be close to her family and back with her relationship networks and connections.
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Liz Leach Murphy is the Founder of Imagineer Development UK CIC, Chair of the National Brokerage Network and a Freelance Consultant working on personalisation within the Health and Social Care sector/community space.
Sarah Holmes is a Freelance Consultant working on personalisation within the Health and Social Care sector/community space; and a Director of Imagineer Development UK CIC
Both Liz and Sarah are practitioners, trainers and coaches in Independent Support Brokerage and consultancy for Strengths-Based Approaches with collectively over 40 years of experience in the Health and Social care and community sectors.
Imagineer Development UK CIC is a social enterprise based in the North of England with a national reach; originally set up as a test bed for Independent Support Brokerage in the UK. Imagineer is the hosting organisation for the National Brokerage Network, which is a community of practice for Independent Support Brokers. Imagineer provides a range of training & consultancy services in Support Brokerage, Person-Centred and Strengths-Based Approaches.
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