commissioning

In April 2010 the Learning and Skills Council in England will be abolished and responsibility for planning and commissioning education and training for 16–18 year olds will move to local authorities. This report looks at local authorities’ early experiences of the transfer to help inform planning, especially with regard to work- force capacity.

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.

Publication offering an overview of what personalisation is and how the idea originated. It also explains some of the basics of personalisation and considers what it might mean for different social care stakeholders and the sector as a whole.

Report assessing the market for welfare beds in secure children's homes, identifying key market characteristics, highlighting the key demand and supply trends together with their underlying drivers, positing potential future scenarios and suggesting some policy options.

Paper arguing that the management structure and culture of the NHS in England often acts as an impediment to innovation and the introduction of new ideas which may benefit patients and offering suggestions as to how this situation can be improved.

Paper giving an overview of the Joint Strategic Needs Assessment, under which local authorities and primary care trusts in England must identify the needs of the local population in order to provide the evidence base to inform priority-setting, planning and service commissioning to meet those needs.

Pamphlet arguing that public sector efficiency can only be achieved through creating more effective services which are personalised and delivered collaboratively. It also provides guidance on how this can be done.