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The Big Society and innovation in care and support for adults: key messages from SCIE expert seminars

This paper presents the key messages from two SCIE expert seminars: Innovate and Fly: supporting quality and efficiency in tough times (co-hosted with The Innovation Unit) 9 July 2010; and Big ideas, big society: innovation in care and support (co-hosted with the Department of Health) 5 August 2010.

Commissioning children's centres: a rural perspective

This short guide focuses on families with young children in rural areas and the implications for children’s centre commissioning and delivery at a time of change and new directions. It is of relevance to all of those playing a part in the commissioning of children’s services – whether local authorities or primary care trusts; private or voluntary sector providers; and those leading and delivering services on the ground.

Inside out : the case for improving mental healthcare across the criminal justice system

Report describing the obstacles to court diversion schemes for offenders with mental health problems in England and Wales and arguing that early and more structured interventions by the health care and justice systems would improve care and reduce the cost of crime. It identifies examples of good practice in this area in England and Wales and points to the potential of a new model in mental health courts.

Services for adults with autistic spectrum conditions (ASC): good practice advice for primary care trust and local authority commissioners

This publication builds on current guidance, and highlights existing information and good practice for commissioners in primary care trusts and local authorities who have responsibility for commissioning services for adults with autistic spectrum disorders. It aim is to ensure that commissioners enable, empower and promote independence and meaningful choices for adults with autistic spectrum.

Working together to provide age-appropriate environments and services for mental health patients aged under 18

The new section 131A of the Mental Health Act is due to come into force in April 2010. This amendment will ensure that patients aged under 18 are treated in an environment in hospital which is suitable having regard to their age, with the purpose of preventing the inappropriate admission of children and young people to adult psychiatric wards. This briefing highlights how commissioners can work together to meet the new duty on age-appropriate accommodation in a timely manner.

Working together for change: using person-centred information for commissioning

Working together for change is an approach to engagement with people using services to review their experiences and determine priorities for change. It can be used to ensure that co-production with local people and families is at the heart of social care transformation programmes. This report describes a six stage process that uses person centred information - such as person centred reviews, person centred plans or support plans - to inform strategic change and commissioning.

Recognising complexity: commissioning guidance for personality disorder services

Practice guidance for commissioners in the NHS, criminal justice system, local authorities and others, to help them improve outcomes for people with personality disorders.

The guidance provides information and suggestions on best practice drawn from pilot services and from service users, and is organised into four sections which provide information on: an overview of the broad context; key areas for effective commissioning; commissioning dedicated personality disorder services; and commissioning for groups with particular needs.

Commissioning mental health care in the criminal justice system: 10 top tips for PCT boards

Since 2006, all Primary Care Trusts (PCTs) have had the lead role for commissioning health services in the criminal justice system. This brief guide sets out 10 questions Primary Care Trust (PCT) board members can ask to find out how well their PCT is serving prisoners and community sentenced offenders in the area of mental health care.

Scottish good practice guidelines for supporting parents with learning disabilities

Guidance containing information and advice to help social work departments and other agencies support people with learning disabilities who become parents.