Personalisation and the potential for empowerment: a consideration of whether personalisation genuinely offers the potential for empowerment of individuals and/or professionals

Melsa, Sandi (2009) Personalisation and the potential for empowerment: a consideration of whether personalisation genuinely offers the potential for empowerment of individuals and/or professionals. MSc dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    Abstract

    This paper is a social and philosophical consideration of the policies surrounding the implementation of personal budgets. The author begins by setting out the context of the new policy initiative, with reference to some of the history preceding it. This is followed by a description of the method employed, reflecting on the issues arising out of the nature of qualitative research. The remaining chapters explore issues of terminology, power and practice implications. The author has chosen to dedicate a chapter to the issue of appropriate terminology for referring to individuals who are in receipt of social care support. This is a long debated area, as is discussed in chapter three, and is worthy of greater attention than could be attributed to it within the constraints of this paper. Whilst the author was mindful of the importance to maintain an open mind and an objective approach, it must be acknowledged that they embarked upon this journey from a starting point of positivism for the modernising agenda and enthusiasm for personal budgets with a view to being in a position to conclude that this policy initiative can only be a good thing. It is the hope of the author that the reader will develop an awareness of the different turns this journey has taken. The material sourced has shown that there are mixed views on these new policies and the author’s view has been significantly challenged.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Science > School of Health Sciences and Social Work
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 20 Jan 2011 12:48
    Last Modified: 28 Jan 2015 11:15
    URI: http://eprints.port.ac.uk/id/eprint/721

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