It was a brilliant day, really thought provoking. I think the best thing about today was moving away from talking about problems towards discussing solutions.* I'm busy wondering how we can persuade some enterprising UK and/or Irish NGOs to set up a supported decision making pilot modelled on the South Australian project, or getting mental health teams to look into commissioning projects modelled on the hugely successful (and money saving...) Personal Ombudsman scheme... Any thoughts? If you want to read more about the amazing Personal Ombudsman scheme, I've just found a link to another presentation (doc) by Maths Jesperson which covers a lot of the same ground as today's talk.
*I don't mean the problems should be ignored, it's just that sometimes it feels as if this is the only conversation we are having, and we lose sight of the exciting work that is being done on supporting decision making.