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Key Issues: Giving senior leaders an insight into priority issues, exploring challenges and barriers as well as giving solution-focused ideas and examples of good practice.

Giving senior leaders an insight into priority issues, exploring challenges and barriers as well as giving solution-focused ideas and examples of good practice.

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Enablement in dementia: Key Issue (2015)

Published: Jan 2015

Enablement in dementia: Key Issue (2015)

Please note that this has not been updated since it was published.

The idea that it’s possible to ‘live well’ with dementia is really quite radical. There is a popular assumption that the condition will lead to a total shutdown of the self, with increased dependency on services and inevitable institutionalisation – that being safe and comfortable is the best we can hope for.

In this Key Issue we present evidence and practical examples to demonstrate different aspects of enablement, and consider how services need to be commissioned, organised and managed in order to make this happen.

Aimed at: Practitioners, managers and commissioners.

Number of pages: 24
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Product code: AD-KIS-012
Effective co-production: Key Issue (2014)

Published: Jan 2014

Effective co-production: Key Issue (2014)

Please note that this has not been updated since it was published.

Co-production is potentially a radical idea: that services are designed and delivered equally by professionals and those who use them. This publication brings together the knowledge on the topic, defining the issues and explaining key concepts. It also looks at the implications – and the challenges – for commissioners, service providers, practitioners and people who use services.

Aimed at: Commissioners of adult services.

Number of pages: 24
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Product code: AD-KIS-011
Balancing need: The relationship between carers’ assessment and needs assessment: Key Issue (2014)

Published: Jan 2014

Balancing need: The relationship between carers’ assessment and needs assessment: Key Issue (2014)

Please note that this has not been updated since it was published.

This Key Issue, which we are extremely pleased to publish in partnership with Carers UK, explores previous research on carers’ assessments before setting out the changes to legislation and policy proposed in the Care Bill, soon to be passed into law as the Care Act 2014.

It also looks at the ways in which carers’ assessments are being conducted across six local authorities.

Aimed at: Practitioners, managers and commissioners.

Number of pages: 28
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Product code: AD-KIS-009
Promoting well-being in adult services: Key Issue (2013)

Published: Jan 2013

Promoting well-being in adult services: Key Issue (2013)

Please note that this has not been updated since it was published.

Well-being is a crucial element of defining and delivering adult care. The well-being agenda has influenced recent changes in the structure and focus of adult services and the Care Bill ([HL]2013-2014) formalises this approach by proposing a duty for local authorities to promote an individual’s well-being.

Aimed at: Practitioners, managers and commissioners.

This Key Issue sets out the background and policy context to this focus on well-being, before looking at how well-being is defined and promoted within adult services. While the possibilities for a focus on well-being to improve adult services are emphasised throughout, the concluding section identifies the key difficulties local authorities may face in re-focusing service delivery to place greater emphasis on well-being.

Number of pages: 20
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Product code: AD-KIS-007
Support brokerage: Key Issue (2013)

Published: Jan 2013

Support brokerage: Key Issue (2013)

Please note that this has not been updated since it was published.

This Key Issue contains a break-down of the most common models of support brokerage – including independent brokers, independent advocacy agencies, service providing agencies, local authorities, and families.

It highlights issues with the evidence base and concerns about how this area of practice will develop.

This is useful reading for practitioners and managers involved in self-directed support and personalisation, along with support brokers themselves, commissioners, and professionals involved in delivering information and advice.

Aimed at: Practitioners, managers, support brokers, and commissioners of adult services.

Number of pages: 16
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Product code: AD-KIS-002
Social firms: Key Issue (2013)

Published: Jan 2013

Social firms: Key Issue (2013)

Please note that this has not been updated since it was published.

This Key Issue explores issues around social firms. These are based on the principles of social inclusion and the social enterprise movement, and provide jobs for people with disabilities or other severe disadvantages in finding employment.

The Key Issue includes case studies of social firms and their added value. It provides useful discussion points for practitioners and managers working with disabled people, particularly those with personal budgets, along with employment support advisors and community development workers.

Aimed at: Managers/team leaders, CPD coordinators, commissioners and policy makers.

Number of pages: 20
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Product code: AD-KIS-004
Maintaining safe, effective and quality with reducing resources: Key Issue (2012)

Published: Jan 2012

Maintaining safe, effective and quality with reducing resources: Key Issue (2012)

Please note that this has not been updated since it was published.

Commissioners and purchasers of care and support today face the double bind of reducing resources and increasing demand. Maintaining safe, effective and high quality services in these circumstances is the major concern facing all the constituents in local adult social care market places.

This Key Issue is about understanding and working alongside the customer to be sure that the market produces what people actually want.

Aimed at: Commissioners and purchasers of care services.

Number of pages: 20
Building community capacity: Key issue (2012)

Published: Jan 2012

Building community capacity: Key issue (2012)

Please note that this has not been updated since it was published.

This Key Issue explores the meaning of social capital and its potential to utilise untapped resources – particularly relevant in times of budget cuts.

The Key Issue places community capacity in the policy context of the Putting People First agenda and the Building Community Capacity Project. It considers case studies and includes links to resources and toolkits.

Aimed at: All social care practitioners, commissioners and managers.

Number of pages: 20
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Product code: AD-KIS-006
User-led organisations: Key Issue (2011)

Published: 2011

User-led organisations: Key Issue (2011)

Please note that this has not been updated since it was published.

This Key Issue describes the development of ULOs and the principles on which they are based (namely the social model of disability and independent living).

It explores their role in the context of social policy and details the history of the movement. The Key Issue includes a discussion of the advantages of ULOs and barriers they face. Managers and commissioners will find this a useful starting point in discussions about how to develop the local market and increase co-production and partnerships with service users.

Aimed at: Managers and commissioners of adult services.

Number of pages: 20
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Product code: AD-KIS-005
Joint strategic needs assessment: Key Issue (2008)

Published: 2008

Joint strategic needs assessment: Key Issue (2008)

Please note that this has not been updated since it was published.

This Key Issue highlights the policy background relating to the Joint Strategic Needs Assessment, and explains its links to other plans and strategies.

It includes information and advice on what to include in the assessment, and explains who should be involved in developing the assessment and the importance of community engagement. Strategic managers, commissioners and researchers in local government and health care will find useful advice both on carrying out the JSNA and on utilising it fully.

Number of pages: 16
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