Joint commissioning in health and social care: an exploration of definitions, processes, services and outcomes

Study that seeks to provide a more theoretically and empirically robust understanding of the dynamic relationship between joint commissioning, services and outcomes, thereby addressing three main questions:

  • How can the relationships between joint commissioning arrangements, services and outcomes be conceptualised?
  • What does primary and secondary empirical data tell us about the veracity of the hypothesised relationships between joint commissioning, services and outcomes?
  • What are the implications of this analysis for policy and practice in terms of health and social care partnerships?

Underpinning this study is a desire to explore a working hypothesis common in current policy and practice: that partnerships lead to better services and hence to better outcomes for service users and their carers.

Helen Dickinson
Jon Glasby
Alyson Nicholds et al
National Institute for Health Research