Talking Points: A Personal Outcomes Approach

A key JIT priority has been to combine user and carer involvement with an outcomes approach to planning, delivering, evaluating and improving services. Since 2006, two researchers, Ailsa Cook and Emma Miller, have been working with the JIT to deliver on this priority.

The culmination of that work is the production of a Practical Guide, which brings together learning from practice, systems, culture and performance in one place, aimed both at organisations new to outcomes as well as those further down the road to becoming an outcomes focussed organisation.

We hope that presenting the key learning of the last 6 years in this way will provide a useful reference and guide for people working to put personal outcomes at the heart of what they do day to day.

Talking Points - Practical Guide - June 2012 [1Mb]
Talking Points - Summary Briefing - June 2012 [169Kb]

An outcomes approach to assessment, planning & review aims to shift engagement with people who use services away from service-led approaches. This involves everyone working together to achieve the best possible impact on the individual's life. The philosophy of this approach is one that emphasises the strengths, capacity and resilience of individuals, builds upon natural support systems and includes consideration of wider community based resources. The approach is consistent with policy priorities to engage people using services, personalisation and enablement and an assets approach to health.

The development of the approach has involved developing a range of tools, guidance and resources to:

  • Encourage a focus on outcomes at assessment, care planning and review.
  • Place the person at the centre of a more personalised approach.
  • Support staff to conduct outcomes focused conversations, including with people with communication support needs.
  • Enable information on service user and carer outcomes to be systematically gathered during assessment and review processes.
  • Support organisations to use this information to improve outcomes at individual, service and organisational levels to plan, evaluate and improve services.

Full information on Talking Points (previously UDSET) including all materials is available from this section of the JIT website. Follow the links below to access the following information resources.

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Outcomes Glossary

An Outcomes Glossary to assist with a common language around this area of work.

Outcomes Glossary [428Kb]