commissioning

Commissioning in the NHS is the process of ensuring that the health and care services provided effectively meet the needs of the population. It is a complex process with responsibilities ranging from assessing population needs, prioritising health outcomes, procuring products and services, and managing service providers.

Our commissioning Blogs

In sight and in mind: improving mental health rehabilitation pathways #RehabPsych

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André Tomlin summarises the recent CQC briefing on mental health rehabilitation inpatient services and sets the scene for the live expert webinar taking place at 12.30pm BST on Friday 1st June.

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Move towards more coordinated services and the value of targeting populations, says the Health Foundation

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This is a critique of a report from the Health Foundation looking at the coordinating services and targeting populations rather than acute health goals.

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Do house calls benefit older adults with dementia?

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Clarissa Giebel looks at a US study on the impact of ‘house calls’ on health and social service use by people with dementia, and asks some critical questions of the research.

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Introduction and Uptake of Annual Health Checks across Northern Ireland for Patients with Learning Disabilities

Advice services are highly effective in improving financial outcomes, and have some wellbeing benefits, but providing welfare advice did not reduce use of GP services in this trial.

People with learning disabilities are more likely to experience a range of health issues and one response to this has been the introduction of annual health checks by GPs.

Here, Alix Dixon looks at a study in Northern Ireland which set out to discover the impact of health facilitation posts on the uptake of these health checks

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Moving on from home for adults with learning disabilities: families’ experiences

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What are the experiences of families who are supporting their adult sons and daughters with learning disabilities to move on to their own homes?

Here, Mandy Johnson looks at a study, which sets out to answer that question.

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End-of-life care for people with learning disabilities. Views of service-users and family carers

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People with learning disabilities are living longer than ever before, so more people are likely to need palliative care services and end-of-life care.

Here, Fawn Harrad looks at a study, which set out to listen specifically to the views of people with a learning disability and family carers in receipt of palliative care services.

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The Goldies: a community-based singing programme for successful ageing

Research shows that the median age for final menstrual period is 52.5 years, and that 90% of women have their final period by the age of 56.

In her debut blog, Jane Greenstock considers research on how community arts programmes such as singing clubs may contribute to prevention for older people.

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High cost placements for people with learning disabilities and complex and challenging needs

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People with learning disabilities who have complex and challenging needs may find themselves placed in specialist services, sometimes distant from family and local support networks, often at high cost to the commissioners.

Here Ruth Northway looks at the findings of a survey of commissioning teams in south east England reporting on the nature and costs of such placements.

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E-markets and micros: evidence for the future of social care?

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Sarah Carr takes an unusual step of appraising a ‘think tank’ research report on e-marketplaces for social care and discusses the work in relation to the broader context of evidence-based policy.

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Trying targets: did Local Area Agreements support social cohesion?

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Jenny Fisher asks if the Local Area Agreement policy intervention and associated targets helped with social cohesion and offers useful pointers for further reading on the topic.

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