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Adults' services SCIE guide 21 : commissioning and providing mental health advocacy for African and Caribbean men

This guide is one of a series published by the Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE). SCIE guides are one-stop shops for social care practitioners, presenting key findings, current legislation and examples of what is working well to guide and inform practice. Guide published in June 2007.

SCIE guide 14 : Improving outcomes for service users in adult placement : commissioning and care management

This guide sets out the findings of the 2005 practice survey, and suggests practice points for care managers, line managers and their managers, and directors of adult social care services, as well as adult placement schemes, to help improve outcomes for people using adult placement services.

An evaluation of approaches to commissioning young people’s services

Small-scale survey that examines approaches to the commissioning of services for young people in 12 local authority areas and reports on the experience of national organisations involved in this work.

Making sense of early intervention: a framework for professionals

Briefing paper that provides a framework for early intervention for professionals taking crucial commissioning and funding decisions at the local authority level. It distils key common threads from the plethora of recent reports on the pressing need for this approach. Most significantly, it addresses emerging misconceptions about how an authority- or borough-wide early intervention strategy should be delivered and, in particular, challenges an overly ‘programmatic’ approach.

Double disadvantage: the barriers and business practices making debt a problem for disabled people

Report that advocates changes to regulation and self-regulation, in business practice and to future commissioning of advice to ensure that disabled people in debt are empowered to engage with creditors and deal with their debt problems.

A toolkit to support the commissioning of targeted preventative services: South West regional commissioning

Toolkit developed by the Institute of Public Care in response to an identified need from commissioners of adult social care and health services across the South West.

It is intended to help commissioners ensure that in a period of huge financial pressure that best use is being made of limited prevention and early intervention resources, and to enable commissioners to further contribute to the development of new and effective preventative services.

Safeguarding vulnerable adults through better commissioning: a discussion paper for commissioners of adult social care

Based on a review of the existing literature and IPC’s own experience in working with local authorities reviewing their safeguarding procedures, this discussion paper looks at the relationship between personalisation, safeguarding and commissioning.

GP budget holding: lessons from across the pond and from the NHS (Policy paper 7)

Paper which draws on evidence from the US as well as on previous experience in the NHS of GP commissioning in different forms, to identify lessons for policy makers as they take this policy forward.

While the government is on the right lines in promoting GP budget holding, the paper suggests that there is a need for caution in promoting budget holding as a universal solution without regard to the capabilities of practices to manage a budget and the safeguards that need to be put in place to avoid the downside risks.

Windows of opportunity: prevention and early intervention in dementia - a tool for commissioners and providers

Early intervention is often seen as anticipatory information and support delivered at the earliest stage of dementia, following diagnosis.

Prevention encompasses the range of interventions that prevent an increase in need that may tip an individual into a higher or more intensive level of service.

This SCIE resource explains this further and offers a greater understanding of the journey through dementia.

Regional child care commissioning: opportunities to improve outcomes and make savings

Presentation by Karen Nowland, Regional Child Care Commissioning Officer, Renfrewshire Council, at the Working Together to Meet the Financial and Reform Agenda Challenges event, held on Tuesday 11 January 2011 in Edinburgh.