Commissioning

Lives – not services

In a tough environment of budget reductions, workforce problems and provider struggles, Rose Trustam reports from three conferences focusing on the positive:  community development, real achievement and evidencing  what works. (NB Full conference reports available to subscribers on the website home page) Commissioners conference (www.ncctc.co.uk) Margaret Willcox (President elect of ADAAS) stressed the need to ‘really put the individual at the centre of working out their needs and controlling their care, with a system of care and support designed with their full involvement and tailored to meet their unique needs.…

‘Transforming health and social care’ – Adults Commissioning conference 2016

Rosemary Trustam attended the annual conference of the national commissioners entitled ‘Transforming health and social care so that we all stand together’. The National Commissioning and Contracting Training Conference (NCCTC) – Adult Services – focused on how health and social care could work together to achieve savings and improve outcomes.…

Changes to service models: are they in the ‘best interests’ of service users – or the authorities’? A parent/provider speaks out

In the scramble for local authorities to manage their budgets, learning disability services have become easy prey to the knife with authorities persuading themselves that cuts to services and changes to ‘models’ are in the ‘best interests’ of service users. The problem is that whilst they may purport to ask people – sadly late in the day – these changes have not been driven by the aggregation of individual assessed needs but by cost savings.…

Can we learn from the past?

We are in danger of repeating our mistakes, says Rosemary Trustam. We are now seeing institutions disguised as community housing and private equity companies that call themselves care companies. Do we ever learn? she asks. As each week passes we continue to hear heartrending stories about Assessment and Treatment Units (ATUs).…

Is there any point to commissioning?

Mike Webster poses this question and comes to the conclusion that, yes, there is a point to commissioning when it is a creative force that gets the best out of people and organisations.   To be honest, I’m not sure that anyone would admit to having had the ambition to be a commissioner when they grew up.…

Creative commissioning in the face of budget cuts

Mark Stables is dealing with a £3 million cut to his budget but he is still determined “to make things happen”, he told Seán Kelly.   Two friends of mine were discussing job vacancies recently.  One of them expressed an interest in applying to be a commissioner for services for people with learning disabilities.  The other one said, “Who in their right minds would want to be a commissioner now?…

‘Achieving Care Act Compliance’ Belinda Schwehr 29th June Manchester

Community Living magazine’s 7th legal seminar with Belinda Schwehr LLM on ‘Achieving Care Act Compliance’ is on June 29th 2016 at St Thomas’s Conference Centre Manchester. Given the scale of the funding cuts on the local authorities, it’s never been more important to know the legal rights to services and advocacy of people and family carers to defend essential supports and ensure charging is fair.…

Health and social care integration – how will it work?

At the Adult Services National Commissioning and Contracting Conference Rosemary Trustam was encouraged to hear about efforts to bring the best to bear on issues despite the looming financial crisis. ‘Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world – INDEED it’s the only thing that ever has” (Margaret Mead)’ .…

Health and social care integration – how will it work?

At the Adult Services National Commissioning and Contracting Conference Rosemary Trustam was encouraged to hear about efforts to bring the best to bear on issues despite the looming financial crisis. ‘Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world – INDEED it’s the only thing that ever has” (Margaret Mead)’ .…

#JusticeforLB asks Southern Health’s Board to Reflect on the 100s of Deaths Uninvestigated

Following the publication of the Mazars Report Sara Ryan and George Julian on behalf of #JusticeforLB invite the Board and Governors of Southern Health to reflect on the hundreds of people with a learning disability who died in their ‘care’ and whose deaths were not investigated.…

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