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Guidance for commissioners of drug & alcohol services
This guide has been written to provide practical advice on developing and delivering local plans and strategies to commission the most effective and efficient drug and alcohol services for adults. Based upon clinical best practice guidance and drawing upon the range of available evidence, it describes what should be expected of a modern drug and alcohol service in terms of effectiveness, outcomes and value for money. The guide will be of particular use to: Public health leaders who will hold responsibility for commissioning these services Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) Local authority commissioners Voluntary and independent sector organisations
Housing in later life: planning ahead for specialist housing for older people
This toolkit spells out the processes that could help the HAPPI objectives to be met - with particular emphasis on the role of local planning authorities. Developed and published jointly by the Contact Consulting, the National Housing Federation, Tetlow King Planning, McCarthy & Stone and the Housing LIN, it has been designed for local planners and commissioners to use when planning for specialist housing for older people as part of an overall local strategy on older people's housing, care and support. The toolkit encourages local authorities to join up planning, housing and social care policy, both in the collection of evidence and the development of specialist housing for older people. It suggests a number of tools to help officers plan for this form of housing in their local policies, strategies, guidance and associated conditions as part of their local plans.
Specialised housing for older people
Board Assurance Prompt – specialised housing for older people The application of assisted living technology to support independence The purpose of this briefing is to assist the leaders of organisations managing specialised accommodation for older people. It has been produced by Contact Consulting in association with the Good Governance Institute, Housing LIN & Tunstall
Defining mental health services
Our briefing for the NHS Confederation Mental Health Network on Defining Mental Health Services - a tool to aid effective commissioning and QIPP
Mental Health & Housing
Contact Consulting have produced a briefing on housing and mental health for the NHS Confederation and the National Housing Federation Launched at the Mental Health Network conference in London on 6th December, the briefing highlights the imnportance of housing in promoting recovery, provides examples of good practice and demonstrates how housing and mental health providers can deliver better outcomes for service users
The new NHS commissioning landscape and its impact on housing and care for older people
The new NHS commissioning landscape and its impact on housing and care for older people is a new publication produced by Steve Appleton, of Contact Consulting, for the Housing Learning Improvement Network (HLIN) The briefing aims to help providers of specialist accommodation and general housing understand and be prepared for the new commissioning environment and offers some key messages for housing providers to consider as they navigate the new NHS commissioning landscape.
Mental Health & Housing - QIPP - A briefing for commissioners
This paper is part of a series that have been commissioned by the National Mental Health Development Unit to encourage greater cooperation and integration across housing, health and social care.
Statistical Compendium for Housing & Housing Support in Mental Health & Learning Disabilities
Statistical Compendium to accompany Housing & Housing Support in Mental Health & Learning Disabilities - its role in QIPP
Housing & Housing Support in Mental Health & Learning Disabilities - its role in QIPP
Housing & Housing Support in Mental Health & Learning Disabilities - its role in QIPP is a new report from Contact Consulting. It was commissioned by the Department of Health Yorkshire & Humber Region and the National Mental Health Development Unit. The report and its accompanying statistical appendix, looks at the role of housing and housing support in delivering QIPP. It draws on case studies form the Yorkshire and the Humber Region and provides key statistics for local commissioners in that region.
Practical Mental Health Commissioning - Volume one: Setting the Scene
This framework, co-authored by Steve Appleton of Contact Consulting, has been published by the Joint Commissioning Panel- Mental Health. The JCP-MH includes the Royal Colleges of General Practitioners and Psychiatrists, Association of Directors of Adult Social Services, the NHS Confederation, Rethink Mental Illness and Mind. It will help provide the practical guidance that GP pathfinder consortia, local authorities, and PCTs in transition often report is lacking when commissioning for mental health and wellbeing has been written for GP pathfinder consortia, local authorities, as well as PCTs in transition, and is intended to guide commissioners as they move through a complex and changing terrain. The new document provides a clear framework for what mental health commissioning looks like now, how it will work under the reforms, and identifies the opportunities to provide care in the future.
More Choice Greater Voice
A toolkit prepared by Nigel Appleton of Contact Consulting to offer guidance to commissioners and providers to enable them to produce accommodation and care strategies for older people. The document contains checklists, good practice examples, draft material for incorporation into local studies and tools for completing elements of a strategy. It was published by the Housing Learning and Improvement Network at the Department of Health and the Department of Communities and Local Government.
The Commissioning Friend for Mental Health Services
The Commissioning Friend for Mental Health Services was produced by Steve Appleton of Contact Consulting for the National Mental Health Development Unit and Commissioning Support for London. Published in December 2009, it is a guide for commissioners in health and social care to enable more effective commissioning of mental health services.
The impact of Choice Based Lettings on the access of vulnerable adults to social housing
Choice Based Lettings is the term used to describe a system of housing allocation based on customers bidding for properties that have been advertised by housing providers as being available for rent. The perceived advantage of this system is that the customer has been more engaged in the process by virtue of actively choosing the property they want rather than it being chosen for them. This paper is the outcome of a study undertaken by Contact Consulting in the course of 2008 and first published in February 2009. The study was intended to be broader than those already completed that have focused on the experience of a particular user group. It examines the impact Choice Based Lettings can have on the access of vulnerable adults to social housing.
Connecting Housing to the Health and Social Care Agenda - A person centred approach
This report uses case studies to suggest how obstacles to the involvement of housing and other neighbourhood services can be overcome and the benefits that can flow to both the client and service providers. More strategically, it also offers fresh suggestions for ensuring that housing and housing-related services are involved in the planning and delivery of health and social care priorities and services. The central message from this report is that partners across health, local government and the voluntary sector must ensure that housing and the communities people live in maximise their health and well-being.