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Six Steps to Managing Demand in Adult Social Care - a performance management approach executive summary

Keywords
  • adults
  • change
  • commissioning
  • outcomes
  • performance management
Date: March 2017
Type: Executive summary

A new report from the Institute of Public Care (IPC) at Oxford Brookes University highlights how taking a performance management approach can help Councils deliver outcomes and better manage demand in adult social care.  

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Planning for the future of older people accommodation in Powys

Keywords
  • adults
  • commissioning
  • efficiencies
  • housing
  • older people
  • Wales
Date: March 2017
Type: Case study

This case study highlights good practice in taking a wider system approach to planning for the future accommodation needs of an ageing population in Powys.

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Outcomes-focused integrated care: lessons from experience

Keywords
  • adults
  • integration
  • outcomes
  • service transformation
Date: January 2017
Type: Paper

This new paper, an update to ‘From the Ground Up’, captures some of the learning and experience from our work on developing integrated practice with IPC Partners.

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Transforming social care through the use of information and technology - executive summary

Keywords
  • adults
  • children and young people
  • efficiencies
  • integration
  • service transformation
Date: January 2017
Type: Executive summary

This is an executive summary of a report for the Local Government Association (LGA), IPC explores current innovations and sets out a future vision for care that is enabled by the use of information and technology.  The full report can be found in the IPC publications resource.

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Housing for older people in Wales: a sector review of sheltered housing

Keywords
  • adults
  • housing
  • older people
  • Wales
Date: January 2017
Type: Report

This report explores the current position with sheltered housing in Wales and recommends how providers, local authorities and regional partnerships can make the best strategic use of this asset and ensure it contributes to the delivery of outcomes for older people.

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Transforming social care through the use of information and technology

Keywords
  • adults
  • children and young people
  • efficiencies
  • integration
  • service transformation
Date: November 2016
Type: Report

Information and technology is transforming the way adults and children’s services are designed and delivered.  The opportunities are significant and the innovation and commitment to change in many local areas is making a real difference to people’s lives. In a report for the Local Government Association (LGA), IPC explores current innovations and sets out a future vision for care that is enabled by the use of information and technology.

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Stamp Duty and Housing for Older People

Keywords
  • adults
  • housing
  • older people
Date: October 2016
Type: Report

IPC conducted a study for McCarthy & Stone of the potential impact that a reduction in Stamp Duty might have on older people and the wider housing market. This report by the Institute of Public Care updates work carried out in 2013 and explores the current context for such a move, as well as the potential implications.

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Two discussion papers on domiciliary care commissioning and procurement

Keywords
  • adults
  • commissioning
  • learning disability
  • outcomes
  • Wales
Date: August 2016
Type: Discussion paper

IPC has produced two discussion papers for the Social Services Improvement Agency for Wales (SSIA) and the National Commissioning Board for Wales (NCB) which explore the opportunities and challenges presented by taking an outcomes-based approach to the commissioning of domiciliary care and the options available to local authority commissioners for the procurement of services

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What is Market Shaping

Keywords
  • adults
  • market shaping
Date: July 2016
Type: Paper

This paper builds on the existing Market Shaping Toolkit for both smaller care providers and local authorities and explains what market shaping is and who shapes the market.  The paper outlines the building blocks of effective market shaping.

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Cross-local authority and regional working in market shaping

Keywords
  • adults
  • change
  • market shaping
Date: July 2016
Type: Paper

This paper is for local authority commissioners to help them think through when and how to take a joint approach to market shaping. 

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Place-based Market Shaping - co-ordinating health and social care

Keywords
  • adults
  • integration
  • market shaping
Date: July 2016
Type: Paper

This paper is aimed at health and social care commissioners looking to work together to develop a co-ordinated or place-based approach to market shaping.

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Market Shaping to Support Individual Purchasing of Care

Keywords
  • adults
  • market shaping
Date: July 2016
Type: Paper

This paper is intended to help local authorities and providers of care and support to think through what market-shaping means in terms of people who purchase their own care and support.

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Market Position Statement Guidance

Keywords
  • adults
  • market shaping
Date: July 2016
Type: Paper

This guidance highlights good practice in market position statement (MPS) development and aims to help local authorities understand how to use them to best effect in market shaping.

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Evaluation of the Integrated Family Support Service in Newport

Keywords
  • children and young people
  • early intervention and prevention
  • Wales
Date: June 2016
Type: Report

In November 2015, the Institute of Public Care (IPC) at Oxford Brookes University was invited to evaluate the Newport Integrated Family Support Service (IFSS), a partnership concept and vision devised by Newport City Council and Barnardo’s, with a view to ascertaining the extent to which it is effective in achieving its key aims and offers good value for money. This briefing paper offers a summary of the key findings from the evaluation.

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The Right Help at the Right Time for Children with Disabilities in Newport - findings from an evaluation of the Children with Additional Needs Service

Keywords
  • children and young people
  • disability
  • early intervention and prevention
  • outcomes
  • providers
  • Wales
Date: June 2016
Type: Report

An innovative service provided in partnership between Newport City Council and Barnardo’s and recently evaluated by IPC is aiming to provide a better calibrated, holistic and evidence based response to the needs of children with a cognitive or physical impairment and their families just below traditional thresholds for a statutory Social Worker-led plan.

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The Value of a Partnership Model for delivering Targeted Family Support Summary

Keywords
  • children and young people
  • early intervention and prevention
  • providers
  • Wales
Date: June 2016
Type: Report

IPC completed an evaluation of the Integrated Family Support Service (IFSS) in Newport in April 2016.  The Newport model is based on an integrated approach to the commissioning of services, forming a unique partnership between the public and voluntary sectors. The paper was produced in partnership between evaluators at IPC, Newport City Council and Barnardo’s.

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Successful working with families in the statutory arena: an evaluation of the Newport Family Assessment and Support Service

Keywords
  • children and young people
  • early intervention and prevention
  • outcomes
  • Wales
Date: June 2016
Type: Report

IPC completed an evaluation of the Family Assessment and Support Service (FASS) in Newport. This innovative service is part of a broader Partnership delivery model between Newport City Council and Barnardo’s aiming to provide the right help at the right time across a continuum of family support.

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Predicting and managing demand in adult social care

Keywords
  • adults
  • commissioning
  • early intervention and prevention
  • market shaping
Date: April 2016
Type: Report

PC Visiting Professor John Bolton offers a personal view about how councils with responsibility for adult social care can more effectively predict and manage demand for their services.

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Active Ageing and the Built Environment

Keywords
  • housing
  • older people
  • outcomes
Date: February 2016
Type: Report

The briefing considers how the built environment can help to promote and sustain active ageing - the process of optimizing opportunities for health, participation and security in order to enhance quality of life as people age.

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What are the opportunities and threats for further savings in adult social care?

Keywords
  • adults
  • change
  • efficiencies
  • integration
  • service transformation
Date: February 2016
Type: Report

A new paper from IPC Visiting Professor John Bolton considers how councils in England have delivered savings over the past five years in adult social care and what options - if any - they might have in a period of continuing financial challenges.

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Extra care housing in Wales: A state of the nation report

Keywords
  • housing
  • older people
  • Wales
Date: December 2015
Type: Report

IPC has prepared a report for the Housing LIN Cymru which provides an up-to-date picture of the current supply of extra care housing in Wales, the challenges facing the market and issues which will need to be considered for future provision. The report takes into account published information and the views and experiences of a number of experts working in the field.

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Working with families where there is domestic violence, parent substance misuse and/or parent mental health problems: a rapid research review

Keywords
  • children and young people
Date: December 2015
Type: Report

This rapid research review has been prepared to inform the DfE-funded Innovation Programme in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight but it is of interest more broadly to all local authority children’s services departments working with vulnerable children and young people.

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What works in engaging Pakistani and Army families in family support? A rapid research review

Keywords
  • children and young people
Date: December 2015
Type: Report

This rapid research review has been prepared to inform the DfE-funded Innovation Programme in the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead but it is of interest more broadly to all local authority children’s services departments working with families from these communities.

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Can we secure better outcomes and manage demand in children's services?

Keywords
  • children and young people
  • early intervention and prevention
  • Wales
Date: December 2015
Type: Report

The latest occasional paper on practice and service development published by IPC is a view from Leighton Rees based on his experiences as Head of Children and Family Services in Denbighshire County Council between 2011 and 2015 - specifically making sense of changing demands for social care and building a new model of services and engagement with families in response.

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Core training modules to support implementation of the Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act 2014: Introduction and General Functions

Keywords
  • adults
  • children and young people
  • commissioning
  • integration
  • service transformation
  • Wales
Date: December 2015
Type: Learning resource

In 2015 the Care Council commissioned IPC to develop five core training modules to support implementation of the Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act 2014.  This mosdule provides an introduction and overview to the  Act as a whole, as well as Part 2, General Functions.

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Core training modules to support implementation of the Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act 2014: Assessing and meeting individual needs

Keywords
  • adults
  • children and young people
  • commissioning
  • integration
  • service transformation
  • Wales
Date: December 2015
Type: Learning resource

In 2015 the Care Council commissioned IPC to develop five core training modules to support implementation of the Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act 2014. The second resource focuses on assessing and meeting individual needs.

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Core training modules to support implementation of the Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act 2014: Looked after and accommodated children

Keywords
  • children and young people
  • housing
  • integration
  • market shaping
  • service transformation
  • Wales
Date: December 2015
Type: Learning resource

In 2015 the Care Council commissioned IPC to develop five core training modules to support implementation of the Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act 2014.  This module provides learning resources covering looked after children and accommodated children.

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Core training modules to support implementation of the Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act 2014: Safeguarding

Keywords
  • adults
  • children and young people
  • commissioning
  • integration
  • service transformation
  • Wales
Date: December 2015
Type: Learning resource

In 2015 the Care Council commissioned IPC to develop five core training modules to support implementation of the Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act 2014. This module considers safeguarding.

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Core training modules to support implementation of the Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act 2014: Assessing and meeting needs in the secure estate

Keywords
  • adults
  • children and young people
  • housing
  • Wales
Date: December 2015
Type: Learning resource

In 2015 the Care Council commissioned IPC to develop five core training modules to support implementation of the Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act 2014. This module deals with assessing and meeting needs in the secure estate.

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Putting older people first: our vision for the next five years

Keywords
  • housing
Date: October 2015
Type: Report

IPC has collaborated with the South West Housing LIN Leadership Set to produce their five year vision statement.  This sets out the group’s vision for a whole system approach to meeting housing, health and wellbeing outcomes for older populations in South West England over the next five years. The work was sponsored by Public Health England.

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Understanding the self-funding market in social care: a toolkit for commissioners second edition

Keywords
  • market shaping
  • self-funders
Date: October 2015
Type: Report

This second edition of IPC’s self-funder toolkit has been produced to help local authorities ensure that they comply with the requirements of the Care Act, helping them understand their self-funder population so that they can facilitate and shape their local care market to meet the needs of the whole population.  This new version has been rewritten following the implementation of the Care Act and includes new information on estimating numbers as well as updated case studies.

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The Care Home Market in Wales: Mapping the Sector

Keywords
  • adults
  • housing
  • market shaping
  • residential care
  • Wales
Date: October 2015
Type: Report

IPC has prepared a report for the Minister for Health and Social Care in Wales and the Public Policy Institute for Wales (PPIW) which considers the resilience of the Care Home Sector in Wales.  The report looks at the residential care market in Wales and highlights considerable variations, with some councils managing care homes directly and others running very few, if any, homes themselves.

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Supporting children and young people at risk of sexual exploitation: a rapid research review

Keywords
  • children and young people
  • service transformation
Date: July 2015
Type: Report

This rapid research review has been prepared to inform the DfE-funded Innovation Programme in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight but it is of interest more broadly to all local authority children’s services departments working with vulnerable children and young people.

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The role and impact of volunteers within family support: a rapid research review

Keywords
  • children and young people
  • service transformation
Date: July 2015
Type: Report

This rapid research review has been prepared to inform the DfE-funded Innovation Programme in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight but it is of interest more broadly to all local authority children’s services departments working with vulnerable children and young people.

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The role and impact of enhanced administrative support to social work teams: a rapid research review

Keywords
  • children and young people
  • service transformation
Date: July 2015
Type: Report

This rapid research review has been prepared to inform the DfE-funded Innovation Programme in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight but it is of interest more broadly to all local authority children’s services departments working with vulnerable children and young people.

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Effective interventions and services for young people at the edge of care: a rapid research review

Keywords
  • change
  • children and young people
Date: July 2015
Type: Report

This rapid research review has been prepared to inform the DfE-funded Innovation Programme in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight but it is of interest more broadly to all local authority children’s services departments working with vulnerable children and young people.

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The role and impact of social worker-delivered advice and consultation for community-based professionals working with children and families including 'social work surgeries': a rapid research review

Keywords
  • children and young people
  • service transformation
Date: July 2015
Type: Report

This rapid research review has been prepared to inform the DfE-funded Innovation Programme in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight but it is of interest more broadly to all local authority children’s services departments working with vulnerable children and young people.

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The Efficacy and Sustainability of Consortia Commissioning of Looked After Children's Services

Keywords
  • children and young people
  • commissioning
Date: July 2015
Type: Report

Over the past decade there has been a growth in consortia commissioning arrangements of placements for children in care, with local authorities increasingly working together to commission placements, particularly for children in foster care and residential child care.

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Financial stability, cost charge and value for money in the children's residential care market

Keywords
  • children and young people
  • market shaping
Date: June 2015
Type: Report

IPC undertook a project for the Department for Education to improve the understanding of the children’s residential care market, focusing on the financial stability of providers and offering options for how to improve the functioning of the market. The research was intended to explore how stable the market is, how to monitor, manage and influence it and how to establish the true costs of residential care provision.

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Market shaping toolkit: supporting local authority and SME care provider innovation and collaboration

Keywords
  • adults
  • commissioning
  • market shaping
  • providers
Date: June 2015
Type: Toolkit

The Market Shaping Toolkit supports both smaller care providers and local authorities to engage in market shaping and develop innovative practice to meet local needs together.

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Evaluation of Hampshire dementia friendly communities

Keywords
  • adults
  • older people
Date: June 2015
Type: Evaluation

IPC undertook an evaluation of the Hampshire-wide Dementia Friendly Communities (DFC) project in March and April 2015.  The evaluation was intended to explore whether the objectives and outcomes of the Hampshire-wide Dementia Friendly Communities project have been achieved.

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Becoming a dementia-friendly organisation

Keywords
  • adults
  • housing
  • older people
  • providers
  • service transformation
  • workforce
Date: May 2015
Type: Report

IPC prepared a report for the Guinness Partnership on how it can work to become a dementia friendly organisation.

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Emerging practice in outcome-based commissioning for social care

Keywords
  • adults
  • commissioning
  • outcomes
Date: April 2015
Type: Discussion paper

This paper is a progress report exploring the lessons learnt from a variety of approaches taken by councils to “outcome-based commissioning” in adult social care.

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Assessment and eligibility

Keywords
  • adults
Date: March 2015
Type: Report

ADASS South West commissioned the Institute of Public Care to produce a guide to support assessment and eligibility in the context of the Care Act 2014.

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Council Information and Advice Websites: Information Toolkit

Keywords
  • adults
  • commissioning
  • early intervention and prevention
Date: March 2015
Type: Toolkit

This toolkit is designed to help councils review and adapt the front end of their website(s) so that they better comply with the Care Act and help the public understand the local care and support system.  It sets out a template design for a series of webpages.

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Cornwall Development Company care sector business and skills analysis

Keywords
  • adults
  • commissioning
  • market shaping
  • providers
  • residential care
Date: February 2015
Type: Report

IPC undertook an analysis of businesses and skills within the care sector in Cornwall and Isles of Scilly (CIoS) for the Cornwall Development Company (CDC).

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A Toolkit for Evaluating the Effectiveness of Information and Advice Provision

Keywords
  • adults
  • children and young people
  • commissioning
  • early intervention and prevention
Date: February 2015
Type: Toolkit

Consultation with councils has highlighted a need for a robust methodology to evaluate the effectiveness of information and advice services, including ways to evidence its contribution towards the prevention agenda and corresponding impact on the wider care and support system.  This toolkit is aimed at local authority commissioners, and offers a series of steps to take to evaluate information and advice services.

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UK Seafarers' Demographic Profile

Keywords
  • adults
  • market shaping
  • older people
  • residential care
Date: January 2015
Type: Report

IPC has carried out a study into the likely future care needs of former UK seafarers for the Maritime Charities Group. The UK Seafarers’ Demographic Profile report has highlighted how the number of former UK seafarers continues to decline but the need for welfare services among them is expected to rise.

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Directory of National Information and Advice Websites

Keywords
  • adults
  • commissioning
  • early intervention and prevention
Date: January 2015
Type: Directory

To meet the requirements of the Care Act, local authorities need to provide an extensive range of information and advice, and the expectation is that this will be collated from both local and national sources.  To assist with the collation of national sources, this document provides a list of some good generic sources of information and advice, for adults.

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Housing and Adult Social Care

Keywords
  • adults
  • housing
  • integration
  • older people
  • outcomes
Date: January 2015
Type: Report

A wide-ranging review of available literature from 2003 to 2015 was carried out by IPC and the Housing LIN to obtain evidence covering a range of areas:

  • housing and prevention of the need for adult social care;
  • housing and delaying the need for adult social care;
  • alignment of housing with the integration of health and adult social care;
  • cost and cost-effectiveness studies.
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Research on abuse and violence against the social care workforce - focus on personal assistants

Keywords
  • adults
  • providers
  • safeguarding
  • workforce
Date: November 2014
Type: 

IPC conducted a research project for Skills for Care to investigate whether workplace violence is an issue for personal assistants and what the main issues facing this group are.  The report included a review of recent research, key policy and guiance of relevance to personal assistants concerned with abuse and violence.

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Supporting social care employers to prevent and manage abuse and violence toward staff

Keywords
  • adults
  • providers
  • safeguarding
  • workforce
Date: November 2014
Type: Report

This study undertaken for Skills for Care investigated the extent to which the social care workforce experience different levels of abuse and violence across groups of people who receive care and support services, and whether the nature of the type of violence experienced by social care staff varies across groups of people who receive care and support services.

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Evaluation of Oxfordshire dementia-friendly communities project

Keywords
  • adults
  • older people
Date: August 2014
Type: 

IPC undertook a project for the Oxfordshire Dementia Challenge Group to evaluate work to improve the quality of life for people with dementia and their carers in the county through a Dementia Friendly Communities project

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Understanding the self-funding market in social care: a toolkit for commissioners

Keywords
  • market shaping
  • self-funders
Date: July 2014
Type: Report

IPC developed a toolkit for the East Midlands region as part of the Developing Care Markets for Quality and Choice (DCMQC) programme.

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Using the Market Position Statement to help structure the care market

Keywords
  • adults
  • commissioning
  • market shaping
Date: June 2014
Type: Guidance

This briefing paper was produced following the ‘Developing Care Markets for Quality and Choice’ programme. It explores how market facilitation activities can be effectively implemented.

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Intervening in the Care Market

Keywords
  • adults
  • commissioning
  • market shaping
Date: June 2014
Type: Guidance

This briefing paper was produced following the ‘Developing Care Markets for Quality and Choice’ programme.  It explores how a local authority might intervene to ensure a diverse and sustainable care market.

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The basics of market facilitation

Keywords
  • adults
  • commissioning
  • market shaping
Date: June 2014
Type: Guidance

This briefing paper was produced following the ‘Developing Care Markets for Quality and Choice’ (DCMQC) programme.  It outlines the basics of market facilitation and the context in which a local authority might develop a market position statement (MPS).

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Good Practice Market Position Statement Examples

Keywords
  • adults
  • commissioning
  • market shaping
Date: June 2014
Type: Guidance

This briefing paper was produced following the ‘Developing Care Markets for Quality and Choice’ (DCMQC) programme.  It is a compendium of market position statement (MPS) good practice examples.

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Testing a Market Position Statement

Keywords
  • adults
  • commissioning
  • market shaping
Date: June 2014
Type: Guidance

This guidance document offers a checklist against which to test the requirements of a market position statement.

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Developing a Market Position Statement

Keywords
  • adults
  • commissioning
  • market shaping
Date: May 2014
Type: Guidance

This briefing paper was produced following the ‘Developing Care Markets for Quality and Choice’ (DCMQC) programme. It outlines what a market position statement (MPS) is and how to develop one.

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Developing a Market Position Statement: A Commissioner's Toolkit

Keywords
  • adults
  • children and young people
  • market shaping
  • Wales
Date: March 2014
Type: 

IPC was asked by the Social Services Improvement Agency (‘SSIA’) to produce guidance for commissioners of adult and children’s social care in Wales on how to develop a market position statement.

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Local area impact assessment of retirement living and assisted living developments

Keywords
  • adults
  • housing
  • older people
  • providers
  • self-funders
Date: March 2014
Type: Report

McCarthy & Stone commissioned the Institute of Public Care at Oxford Brookes University to update and develop an earlier review with a local area economic impact assessment of Retirement Living and Assisted Living Extra Care developments across England, Wales and Scotland. This project aimed to provide independent, objective and robust evidence about the extent to which there is a strong case for Retirement Living and Assisted Living Extra Care schemes in terms of the local economic and wider social impact of these schemes.

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The stability of the care market and market oversight in England

Keywords
  • learning disability
  • market shaping
  • older people
Date: February 2014
Type: Report

The Institute of Public Care (IPC) was asked by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) to produce a report analysing the main factors affecting stability in the adult care market and the relationship to the forthcoming market oversight regime.

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Review of Team around the Family arrangements in Swansea

Keywords
  • children and young people
Date: December 2013
Type: Report

Team around the Family arrangements were established in Swansea, supported by the local Children and Young People’s Partnership and Council, the Welsh Government and the European Social Fund (ESF) and the interested parties agreed to undertake an independent review of the model.  The Institute of Public Care (IPC) at Oxford Brookes University was asked to conduct this review, funded by the ESF. 

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Think integration, think workforce

Keywords
  • adults
  • integration
  • workforce
Date: December 2013
Type: Report

This report was prepared by the Centre for Workforce Intelligence (CfWI) with support from IPC.  It was commissioned by the Department of Health (DH) and supports policy ambitions for improved integrated health and social care services in England.

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Transitional and longer-term implications of the Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Bill 2013

Keywords
  • change
  • efficiencies
  • integration
  • Wales
Date: October 2013
Type: Report

This report explores the key implementation issues that the Welsh Government, local authorities and the NHS may need to consider in particular as they look to work together to make the aspirations of the Social Services and Wellbeing (Wales) Bill 2013 a reality in the current climate.

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Evidence review - integrated health and social care

Keywords
  • adults
  • integration
  • workforce
Date: October 2013
Type: Report

This review was commissioned by Skills for Care’s Workforce Innovation Programme to understand the characteristics of effective workforce practice in integrated health and social care services.

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Evidence review - housing and social care

Keywords
  • adults
  • housing
Date: June 2013
Type: Evidence review

IPC conducted a review for the Skills for Care Workforce Innovation Programme which explored how people’s care and support needs change and how the workforce has to adapt to meet the challenges of this change.

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Health and Wellbeing Board member development toolkit

Keywords
  • adults
  • children and young people
  • commissioning
  • integration
  • workforce
Date: April 2013
Type: Guide

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This toolkit contains a series of six modules produced by the Institute of Public Care (IPC) for London Councils, NHS London and the London Joint Improvement Partnership.

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Evidence Review - Adult Safeguarding

Keywords
  • adults
  • change
  • safeguarding
  • workforce
Date: February 2013
Type: Evidence review
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'Owning up to care' - A guide to the ownership and funding models of care organisations

Keywords
  • adults
  • commissioning
  • market shaping
  • providers
Date: January 2013
Type: Report

This paper is designed to offer a factual guide to the different legal models of ownership of care providers and some insight into the ways in which companies and organisations may be funded.

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Market Position Statements and Housing

Keywords
  • commissioning
  • housing
  • market shaping
  • older people
  • providers
Date: December 2012
Type: Briefing paper

This Briefing Paper is the first of three produced by the Institute of Public Care (IPC) for the Housing Learning and Improvement Network to provide a concise overview of key issues highlighted in the joint IPC/ADASS/Housing LIN resource pack, 'Strategic Housing for Older People: Planning, designing and delivering housing that older people want'.

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Health, Wellbeing and the Older People Housing Agenda

Keywords
  • commissioning
  • housing
  • market shaping
  • older people
  • providers
Date: December 2012
Type: Briefing Paper

This Briefing Paper is the second of three produced by the Institute of Public Care (IPC) for the Housing Learning and Improvement Network to provide a concise overview of key issues highlighted in the joint IPC/ADASS/Housing LIN resource pack, 'Strategic Housing for Older People: Planning, designing and delivering housing that older people want'.

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Making Best Use of our Sheltered Housing Asset

Keywords
  • commissioning
  • housing
  • market shaping
  • older people
  • providers
Date: December 2012
Type: Briefing Paper

This Briefing Paper is the third of three produced by the Institute of Public Care (IPC) for the Housing Learning and Improvement Network.  The paper provides a concise overview of key issues highlighted in the joint IPC / ADASS / Housing LIN resource pack, 'Strategic Housing for Older People: Planning, designing and delivering housing that older people want'.

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Joint Strategic Commissioning Learning Development Framework

Keywords
  • change
  • commissioning
  • integration
  • market shaping
  • older people
  • providers
Date: November 2012
Type: Framework

In order to assist those responsible for improving joint commissioning skills and capacity across health and social care partnerships, the Scottish Government and the Joint Improvement Team Scotland commissioned the Institute of Public Care to produce a Learning Development Framework focussing on joint commissioning.

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Workforce development and people whose behaviour challenges

Keywords
  • adults
  • learning disability
  • older people
  • workforce
Date: November 2012
Type: Evidence review

Skills for Care has recently commissioned IPC to write a review to identify the gaps in workforce development relating to people whose behaviour challenges. This review has been conducted to help identify potential resources that would be useful to employers to help develop the skills and confidence of their staff to achieve better outcomes and care for people whose behaviour challenges services.

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Where the heart is ... a review of the older people's home care market in England

Keywords
  • commissioning
  • market shaping
  • older people
  • providers
Date: October 2012
Type: Report

With an expanding older population, changing health and social care needs and expectations, and a wide recognition that acute care services are not the best place to support older people, the question about what kind of home based care services are needed in future might be expected to be at the heart of public care debate.  We hope that this report will encourage wider discussion about this question and ultimately a clearer view about what home care is for, and how it can be best delivered.

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Family support pathway for children with disabilities

Keywords
  • children and young people
  • disability
  • learning disability
  • Wales
Date: October 2012
Type: Paper, guide

This paper provides an example family support pathway for children with disabilities in Wales.  A clear and effective family support pathway will facilitate access to, and provision of, services and support.  It has been produced by IPC as part of a wider piece of work with a local authority, and can be adapted for local use. 


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Example market position statement for older people's services

Keywords
  • market shaping
  • older people
Date: September 2012
Type: Guidance

This is an example version of a market position statement which addresses older people's services in a generic local authority area.

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Example market position statement for people with autism

Keywords
  • learning disability
  • market shaping
Date: September 2012
Type: Guidance

This is an example version of a market position statement which addresses services for people high functioning autism and Asperger's Syndrome in a generic local authority area.

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Early intervention and prevention with children and families: getting the most from team around the family systems

Keywords
  • children and young people
  • early intervention and prevention
Date: July 2012
Type: Paper

Early intervention and prevention with children, young people and families has long been a concern of local authorities and continues to be a key area of statutory responsibility. This paper argues that having effective local systems to identify families who would benefit from additional support, is at least as important as having effective services. This paper explores why local authorities should continue to support these systems and also, critically, how to make them work as hard and effectively as possible.

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Team around the family self assessment tool

Keywords
  • children and young people
  • early intervention and prevention
Date: July 2012
Type: Tool

This self assessment tool was originally prepared by the Institute of Public Care for the South West Wales Families First Pioneer Consortium and for individual South West and Mid Wales Partnerships. It has been adapted after initial testing and it is likely to be of interest and use to partnerships in the UK concerned with reviewing the operation of local Team around the Family arrangements with a view to maximising their impact over time.

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Commissioning for Families with Complex Needs

Keywords
  • children and young people
  • commissioning
Date: July 2012
Type: Guide

This guide is intended to  to help commissioners from a range of agencies to take a good practice approach to re-shaping services for families with complex needs.

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Leading the Way: The Distinctive Contribution of the Not-for-Profit Sector in Social Care

Keywords
  • adults
  • change
  • providers
  • workforce
Date: July 2012
Type: 

This paper, an amalgamation of three papers prepared by IPC on behalf of the National Care Forum (NCF), explores the distinctive contribution of the not-for-profit sector to social care.

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Identifying the health gain from retirement housing

Keywords
  • adults
  • housing
  • older people
Date: June 2012
Type: Report

The need to find a better approach to supporting the health and wellbeing of older people will become imperative over the next twenty years if the country is to be able to manage the demographic shift towards an ageing population. A new report published by IPC highlights that one of the best options lies in a substantial growth in the development of owner occupied housing suitable for older people. 

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NCF Leading the Way paper 3: added value and social capital

Keywords
  • adults
  • providers
  • workforce
Date: June 2012
Type: Paper, case studies

This paper is the third of three produced by IPC on behalf of the National Care Forum (NCF), examining the distinctive contribution of the not-for-profit sector to improving the quality of social care provision. The particular focus of this final paper is the concept of social capital and added value and describes how these concepts are particular features of the approach of organisations in the not-for-profit sector.

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Market facilitation: guidelines for children and young people's services

Keywords
  • children and young people
  • commissioning
  • early intervention and prevention
  • market shaping
  • workforce
Date: May 2012
Type: Guidelines, report

These guidelines are intended to help commissioners to understand the policy and practice behind, and increasing emphasis on, market facilitation.

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NCF Leading the Way paper 2: innovation

Keywords
  • adults
  • change
  • providers
Date: May 2012
Type: Paper

The NCF has commissioned IPC to produce a series of three papers which provide an overview and practical examples from NCF members on the distinctive contribution made by not-for-profit providers to social care services. This second paper focuses on social care practice, and why this sector is so well-placed to deliver the changes which people need and public policy demands.

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Continuing professional development for children's services managers - what works?

Keywords
  • children and young people
  • workforce
Date: May 2012
Type: Paper

Support for developing skilled and confident front line managers is a frequently discussed topic. This paper looks at emerging evidence and good practice in this area, and takes an overview about how managers can be best supported in developing their skills and knowledge. It also considers the activities and skills required by middle managers, and the type of support needed to develop them.

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Guidance for Team around the Family panels

Keywords
  • children and young people
  • early intervention and prevention
Date: April 2012
Type: Report

This document is an example guide for managers contributing to Team around the Family Panels, in particular those Panels that provide a forum for multi-disciplinary case discussion about how best to support families with additional needs.

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Help to live at home service: an outcome-based approach to social care

Keywords
  • adults
  • change
  • older people
  • outcomes
  • performance management
  • personalisation
  • providers
Date: April 2012
Type: Report, case study

This case study report by Professor John Bolton of the Institute of Public Care describes the development over three years by Wiltshire Council of its new ‘Help to Live at Home Service’ for older people and  others who require help to remain living in their own house rather than going into residential care.

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The case for tomorrow: joint discussion document on the future of services for older people

Keywords
  • adults
  • change
  • commissioning
  • early intervention and prevention
  • housing
  • integration
  • market shaping
  • older people
  • personalisation
  • providers
Date: March 2012
Type: Discussion paper

This discussion paper,  produced by the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS) in partnership with the Institute of Public Care,  offers a timely assessment of the future development needed in services for older people.

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NCF Leading the Way paper 1: people

Keywords
  • adults
  • providers
  • workforce
Date: March 2012
Type: Paper, case studies

The NCF has commissioned IPC to produce a series of three papers which provide an overview and practical examples from NCF members on the distinctive contribution made by not-for-profit providers to social care services. This first paper has a focus on the workforce. It covers aspects of recruitment, employment, development and training and highlights the innovative ways in which NCF members are working to improve quality for people receiving care and support by valuing their staff.

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Social care demographics and pressure points

Keywords
  • adults
  • early intervention and prevention
  • older people
Date: March 2012
Type: Paper

There has been much debate in recent years of the impact of projected changes in the population, with an increase in the proportion of older people, and a corresponding reduction in the proportion of children and working-age adults in the UK. This short discussion paper summarises a lecture given by Professor Keith Moultrie of IPC on the social care of older people in England. Drawing on work carried out by IPC over 25 years, the paper explores the changing population, considers the implications of these changes for social care and health services, and assesses the policy response to date and how it might develop in the future.

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Welsh Government mental health commissioning data set

Keywords
  • commissioning
  • Wales
Date: February 2012
Type: Data set

This report describes the information set required for commissioning services for adults with mental health problems and identifies data sources.

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Follow-on study: Older people who pay for care

Keywords
  • commissioning
  • market shaping
  • older people
  • residential care
  • self-funders
Date: January 2012
Type: Study

This report by IPC is a follow-on study to the Putting People First Consortium's publication, People who pay for care: quantitative and qualitative analysis of self-funders in the social care market (2010).

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Strategic Housing for Older People

Keywords
  • adults
  • commissioning
  • early intervention and prevention
  • housing
  • market shaping
  • older people
Date: December 2011
Type: Resource pack, briefing papers

The new Strategic Housing for Older People (SHOP) Resource Pack provides a range of briefing papers and tools to help commissioners, developers and providers of services understand the future demand and market for housing for older people in the current policy context.

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Service user involvement: Alcazar Court

Keywords
  • change
  • commissioning
  • housing
  • older people
  • providers
Date: November 2011
Type: Report, evaluation

This paper describes and evaluates a ‘Question Time’ event staged by Enfield Council to let service users put questions directly to providers bidding for a contract to supply Extra Care Housing at one of its sites, Alcazar Court. IPC, which also served as facilitator to the event, assesses proceedings against best practice guidance for service user involvement set out by SCIE, and offers recommendations for future refinements intended to be of wider use to other local authorities designing similar commissioning projects.

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Developing a workforce strategy for family support services

Keywords
  • children and young people
  • early intervention and prevention
  • integration
  • Wales
  • workforce
Date: September 2011
Type: Report

This report was prepared by IPC for a County Borough Council in Wales and is intended to support the local authority role in piloting a scheme under the Welsh Assembly Government’s Families First initiative, which is aimed at improving the life chances of vulnerable children and young people at risk of developing more complex needs.

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Investing in prevention for older people at the health and social care interface

Keywords
  • adults
  • commissioning
  • older people
Date: September 2011
Type: Paper

This paper describes a new investment model designed to stimulate improved and more cost-effective outcomes for older people at the interface of health and social care. Its emphasis is on reducing demand by providing targeted preventative services as a mainstream intervention – rather than as add-on or pilot-based service – and integrating provision so that it straddles health and social care.

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Promoting good provider forums

Keywords
  • market shaping
  • providers
  • Wales
Date: July 2011
Type: 

This paper was produced by IPC to assist national conversations taking place around promoting good social care provider forums in Wales.

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Money matters: reviews of cost-effective initiatives

Keywords
  • adults
  • early intervention and prevention
  • efficiencies
  • older people
  • personalisation
  • providers
  • residential care
  • workforce
Date: July 2011
Type: Case studies

This set of eight case studies, produced by the Institute of Public Care on behalf of IRISS (the Institute for Research and Innovation in Social Services), provides detailed analysis of the cost-effectiveness of a series of recent social care initiatives, ranging from nationwide and relatively high-profile schemes such as individual budgets to those thus far unique to one country, city or local authority area in the UK.

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Integrated local children's services

Keywords
  • children and young people
  • early intervention and prevention
  • safeguarding
Date: July 2011
Type: Discussion paper

This short paper on the importance of integrating local children’s services represents the personal view of Professor Keith Moultrie but draws on more than 15 years of research by the Institute of Public Care (IPC). Its central argument is that in the current climate schools and partner organisations in areas such as social care and community health must redouble their efforts to jointly build better support for the most vulnerable families in their area, both in terms of early help to prevent complex problems developing and intensive, focused intervention where such problems already exist.

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Review of domiciliary care services

Keywords
  • adults
  • commissioning
  • early intervention and prevention
  • efficiencies
  • integration
  • market shaping
  • older people
  • outcomes
  • providers
  • workforce
Date: June 2011
Type: Report

This report has been prepared by IPC for St Monica Trust, a Bristol-based not-for-profit provider of domiciliary services to older people. It examines the principles and practicalities of three broad models of home care provision – a standard ‘home help’ model, a more intensive model tailored to rehabilitation and enhanced independence, and a specialist model for complex needs such as dementia or end-of-life care – analysing current practice and likely future developments for each model, and identifying implications for providers and commissioners in the home care market.

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Using Volunteers in Family Support

Keywords
  • children and young people
  • Wales
  • workforce
Date: June 2011
Type: Report

This short report by IPC analyses existing research and best practice on the use of volunteers to supplement statutory support services to vulnerable families. Produced on behalf of a Welsh County Borough Council’s Family Support Service, it reviews existing volunteer-based schemes, both across the UK and in the local authority area, and makes recommendations for the further development of the volunteer workforce in the family support sector.

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Review of integrated support for vulnerable families

Keywords
  • change
  • children and young people
  • early intervention and prevention
  • workforce
Date: May 2011
Type: Research review, best practice, case studies

This review of research and best practice is concerned with the why, what and how of integrating support for vulnerable families via effective ‘Team around the Child’ (TAC) or ‘Team around the Family’ (TAF) systems and processes.

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Review of integrated pathways for family support

Keywords
  • change
  • children and young people
  • commissioning
  • early intervention and prevention
  • integration
  • workforce
Date: May 2011
Type: Research review, best practice, case studies

This research review, prepared by the Institute of Public Care, is intended to support implementation of the Families First Pioneer programme, a project aimed at improving the life chances – through early intervention and multi-agency support for the whole family – of children and young people at risk of developing more complex needs.

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Commissioning strategy for a substance misuse partnership

Keywords
  • adults
  • commissioning
  • integration
  • personalisation
  • providers
  • substance misuse
Date: March 2011
Type: Commissioning strategy, needs assessment

This draft commissioning strategy, prepared by the Institute of Public Care for the City of London Substance Misuse Partnership (SMP), sets out a three-to-five year outcomes-based plan for the commissioning and delivery of services to problematic drug and alcohol users among the area’s small residential population, and also its much larger working and visiting population.

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Three techniques to support option appraisal and evaluation

Keywords
  • adults
  • children and young people
  • commissioning
  • efficiencies
  • older people
  • performance management
Date: March 2011
Type: Briefing paper

Given rising user expectations and growing demographic pressures at a time of severe fiscal constraint on local authorities, commissioners of care services are under increasing pressure to ensure the most cost-effective allocation of resources. Accordingly, this briefing paper, produced by the Institute of Public Care, provides an introduction to ‘option appraisal’ – the process of setting objectives, generating options, and determining the option that makes best use of available resources, according to a variety of criteria.

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Challenges and opportunities for the voluntary social care market

Keywords
  • adults
  • commissioning
  • early intervention and prevention
  • market shaping
  • older people
  • personalisation
  • providers
Date: February 2011
Type: Report

Given the continued government policy push for greater non-state sector involvement in public service provision, this report, prepared for the Yorkshire and Humber Joint Improvement Partnership, explores the future role of the voluntary sector in the social care market and suggests a mechanism by which commissioners of care can assess the viability of voluntary organisations to take on services. 

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Developing alternatives to rented housing

Keywords
  • adults
  • change
  • housing
  • market shaping
  • older people
Date: February 2011
Type: Briefing paper, case studies

This IPC briefing paper, commissioned by the Maritime Charities Funding Group, offers guidance for housing providers and trustees of seafarer organisations on the advantages and practicalities of providing mixed-tenure developments, particularly for the older seafaring community.

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People who pay for care: An analysis of self-funders in the social care market

Keywords
  • commissioning
  • market shaping
  • older people
  • providers
  • residential care
  • self-funders
Date: January 2011
Type: Report, survey, case studies

In 2010 the Putting People First Consortium commissioned two studies concerning people who fund their own social care and support. One of these is a quantitative study from IPC which estimates the number and distribution of older people who pay for their own social care in England from registered social care providers.

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Commissioning for Children with Disabilities - including Short Break Services

Keywords
  • children and young people
  • commissioning
  • disability
Date: December 2010
Type: Report
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Guide to decommissioning and service reconfiguration in adult social care

Keywords
  • adults
  • change
  • commissioning
  • efficiencies
  • market shaping
  • older people
  • performance management
  • personalisation
  • providers
Date: November 2010
Type: Report

This paper is a guide to the reconfiguration of services based on published good practice and brief telephone interviews with commissioning managers nationally. It describes the four key stages of service reconfiguration, and offers a checklist on the key activities needed to ensure the process is carried out as effectively as possible.

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Safeguarding vulnerable adults through better commissioning

Keywords
  • adults
  • commissioning
  • personalisation
  • safeguarding
  • workforce
Date: November 2010
Type: Discussion paper

This discussion paper is one of a series of papers produced for commissioners and other senior partners in Adult Social Care, as part of the Developing Intelligent Commissioning Programme delivered by the Institute of Public Care in the Yorkshire and the Humber region.  Based on a review of the existing literature and IPC’s own experience in working with local authorities reviewing their safeguarding procedures, the paper looks at the relationship between personalisation, safeguarding and commissioning.

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Commissioning Youth Services

Keywords
  • children and young people
  • commissioning
Date: November 2010
Type: Paper, case studies

This report by IPC for  the Commissioning Support Programme, was prepared for commissioners of children’s services in one local authority in the South West to inform discussions on the future shape of youth services. It consists of a series of short case studies of service redesign in local authorities from around the country, with a particular focus on examples of outsourcing.

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Patterns of expenditure on learning disability services

Keywords
  • adults
  • children and young people
  • commissioning
  • learning disability
  • personalisation
  • residential care
Date: October 2010
Type: Report, case studies

This report by the Institute of Public Care (IPC) for The Learning Disability Coalition (LDC)/MENCAP explores patterns of public expenditure on learning disability services and the relationship between expenditure and service delivery. It does this by reviewing a set of hypotheses using national data sources.

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Developing market intelligence

Keywords
  • adults
  • commissioning
  • market shaping
  • older people
  • providers
Date: October 2010
Type: Briefing paper

This briefing paper is one in a series developed by IPC for the National Market Development Forum. It looks at how local authorities can gain the better market intelligence they need to effect a successful transition from direct purchasers and providers of care to a broader role as market facilitators.

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The future social care market

Keywords
  • adults
  • change
  • commissioning
  • early intervention and prevention
  • market shaping
  • older people
  • personalisation
  • self-funders
Date: October 2010
Type: Briefing paper

This briefing paper is one in a series developed by IPC for the National Market Development Forum. It examines the likely future shape of the social care market and the role of local authorities in it, in light of current trends and projected developments.

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Building constructive market relations

Keywords
  • adults
  • commissioning
  • market shaping
  • older people
  • personalisation
  • providers
Date: October 2010
Type: Briefing paper

This briefing paper is one in a series developed by IPC for the National Market Development Forum. It discusses the importance of mature and constructive partnership working in the social care market to ensure sufficient capacity and diversity of services, the innovative and flexible approaches to delivery demanded in the era of personalisation, and the financial risk-sharing that entails.

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Exploring the impact of personalisation on procurement practice

Keywords
  • adults
  • change
  • commissioning
  • efficiencies
  • integration
  • market shaping
  • older people
  • personalisation
  • providers
Date: October 2010
Type: Briefing paper

This briefing paper is one in a series developed by IPC for the National Market Development Forum. It is intended to help local authorities and service providers understand changing social care procurement practices in the context of a public service reform agenda that emphasises greater personalisation of services, more collaborative working between agencies, and achievement of demonstrable value for money at a time of growing demand and funding restrictions.

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Exploring the implications of personalisation for social care tendering

Keywords
  • adults
  • change
  • commissioning
  • efficiencies
  • market shaping
  • older people
  • personalisation
  • providers
Date: October 2010
Type: Briefing paper

This briefing paper is one in a series developed by IPC for the National Market Development Forum. In light of the government commitment to press ahead with the choice and personalisation agenda in public services, as well as its determination to extend the range and number of social care services delivered through social enterprises, this paper examines the likely impact of those trends on local authority tendering processes.

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Commissioning early childhood services - Literature review

Keywords
  • children and young people
  • commissioning
  • early intervention and prevention
Date: October 2010
Type: Literature review

This literature review, carried out by IPC for the Commissioning Support Programme, is intended to inform the development of an evidence-based commissioning strategy for early childhood services, with the emphasis on maximising impact and cost-effectiveness.

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Developing a commissioning strategy for people with a learning disability

Keywords
  • adults
  • children and young people
  • commissioning
  • learning disability
  • older people
  • personalisation
  • providers
  • workforce
Date: September 2010
Type: Toolkit, framework

This practice guidance is designed as a toolkit to help commissioners in local government and the NHS develop their commissioning strategies for people with a learning disability. Written by the Welsh Assembly Government and supported by the Institute of Public Care, it offers descriptions of commissioning, with particular focus on personalisation and partnership working.

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Voluntary sector role in transforming social care for people with disabilities

Keywords
  • adults
  • change
  • commissioning
  • disability
  • early intervention and prevention
  • learning disability
  • market shaping
  • older people
  • personalisation
  • providers
Date: September 2010
Type: Report, case studies

Social care faces the toughest challenge of its history: how to meet rapidly rising demand for better, more imaginative services when the prospects for public spending are bleak. But there are alternatives, as this report commissioned by the Voluntary Organisations Disability Group (VODG) from the Institute of Public Care (IPC), demonstrates.

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People who fund their own personal care at home in Hampshire

Keywords
  • commissioning
  • older people
  • self-funders
Date: September 2010
Type: 

This report, prepared by IPC for Hampshire County Council, is the second stage of a two-part study into people who fund their own personal care at home – services such as help with bathing, dressing, eating and mobility – and is intended to inform commissioning and market facilitation strategies for older people’s services.

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Commissioning framework to secure better outcomes across social care

Keywords
  • adults
  • children and young people
  • commissioning
  • efficiencies
  • market shaping
  • older people
  • providers
  • Wales
  • workforce
Date: August 2010
Type: Report, framework

This framework is intended to help local authorities in Wales improve their social care commissioning and procurement practice in order to enhance the quality and effectiveness of delivery to users across the range of adult and children’s services.

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Assuring quality in the provision of non-regulated adult services

Keywords
  • adults
  • commissioning
  • older people
  • providers
  • safeguarding
Date: July 2010
Type: Report

This options framework has been produced by the Institute of Public Care to help commissioners of adult social care and health services in the South West of England identify the most appropriate regulatory processes for providers of services not falling under Care Quality Commission (CQC) regulation.  

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Improving placement stability for looked after children

Keywords
  • children and young people
  • commissioning
  • early intervention and prevention
  • providers
Date: July 2010
Type: Scoping study, case studies

This report presents the findings of a scoping study conducted by the Commissioning Support Programme, of which IPC is a partner organisation, to look for links between the way local authorities organised placement finding for looked-after children and young people, and the stability of the ensuing placements. 

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Commissioning services for young people at risk of homelessness

Keywords
  • children and young people
  • commissioning
  • early intervention and prevention
  • outcomes
  • residential care
Date: July 2010
Type: Report, best practice, research, case studies

This report by the Commissioning Support Programme, of which the Institute of Public Care is a partner, reviews research and best practice in the design and redesign of services for young people at risk of homelessness or entry into care, and of care leaver services.

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Toolkit for commissioning targeted preventative services

Keywords
  • adults
  • change
  • commissioning
  • early intervention and prevention
  • older people
  • residential care
Date: July 2010
Type: Toolkit

This toolkit was developed by the Institute of Public Care to help commissioners of adult social care and health services in the South West of England target prevention and early intervention services more effectively, given the prospect of severely limited resources and a sign ificant projected rise in the region’s population of older people.

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Community Building - literature review

Keywords
  • adults
  • change
  • commissioning
  • early intervention and prevention
  • efficiencies
  • older people
Date: June 2010
Type: Report, literature review, case studies

This paper was developed as part of the partnership programme between Oxfordshire County Council and  the Institute of Public Care. It is a literature review which focuses on recent UK material that can identify an evidence-based process to develop strong communities that can have a health/social care impact.

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Relationship between commissioning and joint strategic needs assessments

Keywords
  • adults
  • children and young people
  • commissioning
  • older people
  • outcomes
  • personalisation
  • workforce
Date: June 2010
Type: Report

The production of a Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (JSNA) is meant to be a key enabler of effective commissioning to improve health and well-being outcomes. This study explores whether the desired relationship between commissioning and the JSNA has occurred and if not, what could be done to improve that relationship.

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Older people who fund their own social care

Keywords
  • commissioning
  • market shaping
  • older people
  • residential care
  • self-funders
Date: May 2010
Type: Project summary

This study seeks to provide a fuller picture than previously available of older people who fund their own social care in Oxfordshire and how they can be supported by Oxfordshire County Council (OCC), in the context of demographic, policy and economic changes that have driven up the numbers of self-funders in the county, and are projected to continue to do so.

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How to commission the adult social care workforce

Keywords
  • adults
  • commissioning
  • efficiencies
  • older people
  • providers
  • workforce
Date: May 2010
Type: Guide, tool, case studies

This guide provides advice, information and examples of good practice for those involved in commissioning adult social care.

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Accommodation and care strategy

Keywords
  • adults
  • change
  • housing
  • integration
  • market shaping
  • older people
  • outcomes
  • providers
  • workforce
Date: April 2010
Type: Strategy, market assessment, case studies

This market assessment for a particular charitable sector was used to inform a strategic approach for the sector's funding bodies. It discusses demographic change among the population under consideration (seafarers), noting similarities and differences with the population as a whole, and assesses how this is likely to affect their need and influence when it comes to demand for housing, care and support services in future.

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Commissioning Play Services Toolkit

Keywords
  • children and young people
  • commissioning
  • early intervention and prevention
Date: April 2010
Type: Tool

This document provides a toolkit for commissioners of children’s play services, setting out an eight-step programme for producing a clear and comprehensive commissioning strategy. Prepared by IPC for the Commissioning Support Programme (CSP), the toolkit guides commissioners from the pre-planning stage through a needs assessment and service review, and a review of research and national guidance, to construction of the written strategy document.

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Care Pathway Study for Older People admitted to Care

Keywords
  • early intervention and prevention
  • older people
  • residential care
Date: March 2010
Type: Project summary

The aim of this study, prepared by the Institute of Public Care for Oxfordshire County Council, was to analyse the life circumstances and events that precede older people being admitted to care homes, in order that the local authority can improve services targeted at preventing or delaying those admissions and enabling people to remain in their own homes longer.

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Positioning Turnaround Services for Older People

Keywords
  • change
  • early intervention and prevention
  • market shaping
  • older people
  • outcomes
  • residential care
Date: February 2010
Type: Discussion paper

This paper advocates a model for targeting health and social care provision in older old age called ‘Turnaround’. Turnaround is advocated in the context of older population changes which make it imperative that authorities limit the need for high cost provision such as residential care and intensive home care support.

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Exploring assessment and allocation in extra care housing

Keywords
  • adults
  • commissioning
  • housing
  • older people
  • providers
  • residential care
Date: February 2010
Type: Report, case studies

This report, prepared by the Institute of Public Care for the Housing Learning and Improvement Network, examines how the multiple agencies involved in the commissioning and delivery of extra care housing (ECH) for older people can most effectively work together to establish agreed processes for setting eligibility criteria, assessing prospective users’ needs, and allocating places.

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Approaches to meeting the needs of minority groups in extra care housing

Keywords
  • adults
  • commissioning
  • housing
  • older people
  • providers
Date: February 2010
Type: Report, case studies

This report, prepared for the Housing Learning and Improvement Network by the Institute of Public Care, examines the best ways for commissioners and providers of extra care housing (ECH) to identify and meet the needs of minority groups of older people within their community.

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Approaches to charging in extra care housing

Keywords
  • commissioning
  • housing
  • older people
  • personalisation
Date: February 2010
Type: Report, case studies

This report, produced by the Institute of Public Care for the Housing Learning and Improvement Network, examines approaches to charging for services in extra care housing (ECH), with a particular focus on social care.

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From the ground up - A report on integrated care design and delivery

Keywords
  • adults
  • change
  • commissioning
  • efficiencies
  • integration
  • older people
  • personalisation
  • workforce
Date: January 2010
Type: Report, literature review, case studies

This report aims to support service commissioners who are looking to develop integrated care services. It re-enforces the benefits of integration, noting the most recent drivers and the principles on which changes should be based.

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Practical challenges in commissioning faced by providers

Keywords
  • children and young people
  • commissioning
  • market shaping
  • outcomes
  • providers
Date: January 2010
Type: Report

This paper describes a short study carried out by IPC with a medium-sized, London-based charity providing support services to vulnerable children, young people and their families. The purpose of this study was to investigate the impact of the emerging commissioning culture on voluntary sector providers delivering services mainly via local authority contracts. 

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Estimating the prevalence of severe learning disability in adults

Keywords
  • adults
  • commissioning
  • learning disability
Date: July 2009
Type: Paper

Learning disability (LD) represents local authorities’ second highest level of social care expenditure yet the amount of predictive information available to help care commissioners plan appropriate services  is very limited. This research paper presenting the results of a DH funded project, develops evidence-based estimates of the prevalence of complex learning disability among the adult population, and the prevalence of adults with a learning disability living with a parent in order to inform the commissioning of appropriate services.

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Tameside POPP - local evaluation report

Keywords
  • commissioning
  • early intervention and prevention
  • market shaping
  • older people
  • personalisation
  • residential care
Date: June 2009
Type: Report, case studies

This report evaluates the Tameside Partnerships for Older People Projects (POPP) programme. It finds evidence of a positive impact on the quality of life and well-being of older people, and a shift away from higher intensity, more costly services.

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Transforming the market for social care paper 7: annotated bibliography

Keywords
  • market shaping
Date: June 2009
Type: Briefing paper

This annotated bibliography offers a guide to some of the key texts concerning market facilitation in social care. It is a companion document to the series of papers developed by IPC on market facilitation, originally funded by the Care Services Improvement Partnership (CSIP).

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Transforming the market for social care paper 1: the background to market facilitation

Keywords
  • market shaping
Date: June 2009
Type: Briefing paper

This paper examines the background to the complex relationships between commissioners, users and providers of residential and domiciliary social care, to establish the context in which further development – or ‘facilitation’ – of the social care market will take place.

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Transforming the market for social care paper 2: a model for market facilitation

Keywords
  • market shaping
Date: June 2009
Type: Briefing paper

This paper sets out what local authorities and PCTs need to do to make the transition from a largely responsive role as purchasers of social care services to more far-sighted, proactive market facilitators, in the context of the drive to personalisation of services and the consequent shift in direct purchasing power away from the commissioning organisation.

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Transforming the market for social care paper 3: perspectives on market facilitation - commissioner/provider views

Keywords
  • market shaping
Date: June 2009
Type: Briefing paper

This paper brings together the views of commissioners and providers of social care on the strengths and weakness of their existing relationships, constructive ways in which those relationships can be realigned, and the implications of a transition in local authorities’ roles from purchasers of care to ‘market facilitators’.

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Transforming the market for social care paper 4: changing the currency of commissioning from outputs to outcomes

Keywords
  • market shaping
Date: June 2009
Type: Briefing paper

This paper examines the desirability and feasibility of a shift in both procurement and delivery of social care from an approach based on output volumes – such as hours of care provided per week – to one based on meeting outcomes agreed with the service user. At its core is a project managed by the Institute of Public Care during 2007/08, involving five local authorities and one provider, and taking home care as its focus.

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Transforming the market for social care paper 6: the purchase process - contracting for services by the local authority

Keywords
  • market shaping
Date: June 2009
Type: Briefing paper

This paper explores the arrangements individuals need to make where they are purchasing social care themselves, either entirely with their own resources or by using funding from the local authority under an individual budget or a direct payment. The focus is primarily on the rights and responsibilities of individual service users as purchasers, but consideration is also given to opportunities for local authorities to act as advocates or advisers in these circumstances.

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Transforming the market for social care paper 5: the purchase process - contracting for services by individuals

Keywords
  • market shaping
Date: June 2009
Type: Briefing paper

This paper is about tendering and contractual arrangements where the local authority is purchasing social care on behalf of individuals. Recognising that this is a more limited role in an era of individual budgets and direct payments, it identifies the remaining contracting remit for commissioners, and stresses the continued need for drawing up contracts with providers that are fair to all – providers, service users, and the commissioning authorities themselves.

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Commissioner development - towards informing a strategy

Keywords
  • adults
  • commissioning
  • workforce
Date: April 2009
Type: Needs assessment, assessment tool, learning directory

This report and the associated products and tools described in it are intended to provide the NHS and local authorities in the North West with the information they need to form a regional strategy for commissioner development in health and social care.

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Improving outcomes for young disabled people in transition

Keywords
  • children and young people
  • commissioning
  • disability
  • learning disability
  • outcomes
  • performance management
Date: March 2009
Type: Briefing paper, case studies

This report for a London Borough outlines current outcomes for disabled young people and their families in the borough, especially in terms of the transition from child to adult services, assesses the barriers to better outcomes and suggests practical proposals to overcome those barriers.

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Regional housing market assessment for the south west

Keywords
  • adults
  • commissioning
  • housing
  • market shaping
  • older people
  • personalisation
  • providers
  • residential care
Date: November 2008
Type: Market assessment, report. Please click the link to download and save a zip folder containing the materials

The South West of England has the highest proportion of older people of any English region, a population projected to rise significantly in the next 15-20 years.  These five papers – prepared by the Institute of Public Care for the Housing Learning and Improvement Network and the Housing Corporation – comprise a resource pack intended to help the region’s commissioners and providers address the future accommodation needs of older people given increasing pressures on public resources.

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Configuring joint preventive services

Keywords
  • adults
  • older people
  • outcomes
  • service transformation
Date: August 2008
Type: Report

CSED published a Configuring Future Services Toolkit in October 2007. This paper sets out the new approach and summarises our conclusions on the process of service transformation to deliver better outcomes for older people.

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Shadowlands - Application and impact of eligibility criteria on young people with disabilities

Keywords
  • children and young people
  • commissioning
  • disability
  • learning disability
  • providers
Date: July 2008
Type: Report, case studies

This report estimates the number of young people with disabilities in England aged 18 to 25 who might be eligible for social care and support, sets out what is currently known about the application of social care eligibility criteria, and examines the issues these young people face.

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Shared equity: using the private finance initiative to boost extra care housing

Keywords
  • commissioning
  • housing
  • older people
Date: June 2008
Type: Report, case studies

This report by IPC examines the potential advantages to local authorities of using the Private Finance Initiative (PFI) to fund Extra Care Housing (ECH) projects, via detailed case studies of three existing PFI-financed schemes. It offers an overview of PFI as a form of procurement, and of ECH as an alternative to residential care.

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Improving services for children and young people with challenging behaviour

Keywords
  • children and young people
  • early intervention and prevention
  • learning disability
  • substance misuse
Date: June 2008
Type: Literature review, assessment tool, case studies

This paper was prepared by the Institute of Public Care to support a project aimed at improving services for children and young people with severe challenging behaviour or conduct disorder in a local authority in the South of England.

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Outcome based commissioning and contracting

Keywords
  • adults
  • children and young people
  • commissioning
  • outcomes
Date: April 2008
Type: 

This publication, one of a series of ‘Key Issues’ documents published by Research in Practice for Adults, was prepared by IPC and offers a concise and accessible guide to outcome-based commissioning and contracting. It looks at the areas of care in which the outcome-based approach is most likely to be successful, notes potential obstacles, and examines the key considerations for commissioners in effecting a successful transition from traditional processes.

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Commissioning to improve services for children in need

Keywords
  • change
  • children and young people
  • commissioning
  • outcomes
  • performance management
Date: March 2008
Type: Report, case studies

This paper is one of a series produced by IPC to support the commissioning of children in need services in Wales, as part of the Better Outcomes for Children in Need Programme. The paper considers  the activities involved in commissioning and how they may be expected to contribute to improving public care services.

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Promoting good outcomes for children in need in the community

Keywords
  • children and young people
  • commissioning
  • disability
  • learning disability
  • outcomes
  • substance misuse
Date: March 2008
Type: Report, case studies

This paper is one of a series produced by IPC to support the commissioning of children in need services in Wales, as part of the Better Outcomes for Children in Need Programme. Its aim is to help commissioners gain an understanding of what works in promoting good outcomes for children in need living at home, by providing a summary of what is known about best practice relating to the provision of services for children and young people in need.

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Promoting good outcomes for children in need who experience domestic violence

Keywords
  • children and young people
  • commissioning
  • outcomes
Date: March 2008
Type: Report, case studies

This paper is one of a series produced by IPC to support the commissioning of children in need services in Wales, as part of the Better Outcomes for Children in Need Programme. It provides a starting point for commissioners seeking to develop their understanding of ‘what works’ for these children where there is domestic violence.

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Promoting good outcomes for looked after children

Keywords
  • children and young people
  • commissioning
  • outcomes
Date: March 2008
Type: Report, case studies

This paper is one of a series produced by IPC to support the commissioning of children in need services in Wales, as part of the Better Outcomes for Children in Need Programme. It aims to help commissioners gain understanding of what works in meeting the needs of children and young people who are looked after.

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Promoting good outcomes for children in need through parenting skills

Keywords
  • children and young people
  • commissioning
  • early intervention and prevention
  • outcomes
Date: March 2008
Type: Report, case studies

This paper is one of a series produced by IPC in response to demand from local authority commissioners in Wales, offering research and best practice findings on how to promote good outcomes for children in need.

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Promoting good outcomes for children in need where there is parental substance misuse

Keywords
  • children and young people
  • commissioning
  • outcomes
  • substance misuse
Date: March 2008
Type: Report, case studies

This paper was published in response to demand from local authority commissioners for research and best practice findings on how to promote good outcomes for children in need. It provides a starting point for commissioners seeking to develop understanding of ‘what works’ in supporting children in need and their families, where there is problem parental substance misuse.

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Anticipating Future Needs

Keywords
  • adults
  • commissioning
  • housing
  • older people
Date: August 2007
Type: Report

During 2006/07 IPC was commissioned by the Care Services Improvement Partnership (CSIP) to engage in a number of projects to develop a model approach to commissioning social care services.  This report is the result of one of these projects.

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Extra care housing workforce competencies

Keywords
  • adults
  • early intervention and prevention
  • housing
  • older people
  • providers
  • residential care
  • workforce
Date: September 2005
Type: Literature review, survey

This report, prepared by the Institute of Public Care, outlines a set of necessary competencies for managers of Extra Care Housing (ECH) schemes, the training required to provide them, and the perceived gaps in current training.

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Refurbishing or remodelling? A checklist for extra care housing

Keywords
  • adults
  • commissioning
  • housing
  • older people
  • providers
Date: January 2005
Type: Checklist, report

This document comprises a checklist and accompanying explanatory notes prepared by the Institute of Public Care to help commissioners and providers of social housing assess the suitability of existing facilities for conversion to Extra Care Housing (ECH).

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What makes older people choose residential care?

Keywords
  • adults
  • early intervention and prevention
  • housing
  • older people
  • residential care
Date: November 2004
Type: Survey, report

This article, produced by the Institute of Public Care, summarises the results of a survey of older people recently admitted to care homes in a unitary authority, which was intended to estimate how many could have taken advantage of the greater flexibility and independence of Extra Care provision as an alternative.