commissioning

Getting to grips with commissioning for people with learning disabilities

Report arguing that shifting resources towards self-directed support on a large scale offers the best chance for local authorities to meet the increasing needs of people with learning disabilities and get better value for money.

Valuing people now : a new three-year strategy for people with learning disabilities

Document detailing the UK Government's strategy for people with learning disabilities for three years following consultation and response to the main recommendations in 'Healthcare for all', an independent inquiry into access to healthcare for people with learning disabilities.

Commissioning young people's counselling services in YIACS : a toolkit for managers and fundraisers of YIACS

Toolkit consisting of evidence, information, advice and guidance intended to help agencies demonstrate to funders how youth counselling services have a positive impact on young people's emotional and mental health.

Healthy weight, healthy lives : commissioning weight management services for children and young people

Guide intended to help local areas in England commission weight management services for children and young people. It includes information on the policy context and contains a series of tools to support commissioners in the area of weight management for children and young people.

Measuring what matters : key indicators for the development of evidence-based employment services

Paper providing a set of key performance indicators to help local mental health and employment services to monitor employment outcomes and identify development priorities for people in contact with specialist mental health services. The indicators were developed after consultation with a group of stakeholders and tested across 17 sites with NHS and voluntary sector providers and local commissioners.

Commissioning what works : the economic and financial case for supported employment (Briefing 41)

Briefing paper analysing the economic and financial case for Individual Placement and Support (IPS), a form of supported employment which helps mental health service users into paid competitive work. It concludes that IPS is more effective than any other form of vocational support in helping people into employment.

Personalisation briefing for commissioners

This briefing provides an overview of what personalisation means for commissioners of social care services. It highlights the main tasks for commissioners delivering personalisation as ensuring the right balance of investment and shaping the market. It also looks at necessary changes to contracting and procurement models, with a shift towards outcomes-focused and person-centred approaches. Two practice examples are included.

Living well with dementia : a National Dementia Strategy

UK Government strategy offering a strategic framework within which local services in England can make quality improvements to dementia services and tackle health inequalities. Practical advice, guidance and support for health and social care commissioners and providers in the planning, development and monitoring of services is provided.

The costs of race inequality (Policy paper 6)

Paper exploring black and ethnic minorities experiences of using mental health services in England which research has shown is different to that of the rest of the population. It argues that improving mental health services for black and minority ethnic people could both improve outcomes and lessen financial costs.