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Strategic Briefings

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Aimed at senior decision-makers working with Adults’ Services to provide an overview, key considerations and recommendations to support service design and delivery.

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Developing effective commissioner and service provider relationships

Published: Feb 2017

Developing effective commissioner and service provider relationships

As more services are commissioned by local authorities within the context of reducing resources, it can be a challenging time for the relationship between commissioners and providers. This briefing examines the current situation, barriers and enablers, and how to establish collaborative working practices to achieve the best outcomes for clients and communities.

Aimed at: Commissioners and providers

Number of pages: 20
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Product code: AD-STB-013
Effective systems to support people with learning disabilities: Strategic Briefing (2017)

Published: Feb 2017

Effective systems to support people with learning disabilities: Strategic Briefing (2017)

People with learning disabilities or autism have consistently poorer outcomes in areas such as health, life expectancy and quality of life. What kind of social care systems can help to even out these inequalities so that people with learning disabilities can live good lives? This Strategic Briefing talks through policy, evidence and practice to inform leaders’ plans.

Aimed at: Senior decision-makers working across Adults’ Services.
Product code: AD-STB-014
Developing the social care workforce: Strategic Briefing (2016)

Published: Jun 2016

Developing the social care workforce: Strategic Briefing (2016)

Across the UK, local authorities are looking at how to recruit, support and retain a strong social care workforce. However, there has recently been a focus on skills shortage within the sector at the same time as expectations for delivery increasing and plans for more stringent regulation currently underway. This briefing gives an overview of the current situation, explores the policy drivers and other pressures affecting this landscape, and examines some of the possible solutions. It also provides examples of what has worked for different councils and agencies, along with guidance on key areas to consider in workforce planning.

Aimed at: Senior decision-makers working within Adults' Services.

Number of pages: 20
Preview available.
Product code: AD-STB-012
Legal literacy in adult social care: Strategic Briefing (2016)

Published: Feb 2016

Legal literacy in adult social care: Strategic Briefing (2016)

Legal literacy is a key issue in social work and social care. Recent high profile court cases, especially focusing on the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards, highlight the importance of a sound knowledge of, and ability to critically reflect on, social care and the law. This briefing provides guidance on how managers and senior leaders in adult social care can maintain their own legal literacy and ensure their organisation acts lawfully when commissioning and providing services to meet care and support needs. Cases are used to pinpoint standards for decision-making, and knowledge and confidence can be evaluated through a quiz and self-audit.

Aimed at: Team leaders, managers and senior leadership team.

Number of pages: 24
Preview available.

This resource is only available as a digital download.
Achieving outcomes through integrated working: Strategic Briefing (2015)

Published: Mar 2015

Achieving outcomes through integrated working: Strategic Briefing (2015)

The Care Act 2014 places additional emphasis on the already established imperative to integrate health and social care services, in order to focus on the outcomes that people who access care and support want to achieve. This briefing explores how ideas, approaches and concepts such as systems leadership can support integration, the barriers and enablers that need to be addressed, and provides examples of where integration has worked well.

Aimed at: Senior decision-makers working within Adults' Services.

Number of pages: 16
Preview available.
Product code: AD-STB-011
Supporting people with multiple needs and exclusions: Strategic Briefing (2015)

Published: Jan 2015

Supporting people with multiple needs and exclusions: Strategic Briefing (2015)

By working with key partners and contributing to a ‘whole area approach’, strategic leaders in adult social care can help to coordinate the kind of personalised, assertive and persistent support that has been shown to work for people facing multiple needs and exclusions.

This has potential to improve health and well-being outcomes, and to save public money through more effective coordination of services and reduced demand in the long-run.

This Strategic Briefing summarises the benefits of a whole area approach and provides guidance on how it can be achieved.

Aimed at: Directors, Lead Members, managers, commissioners and practitioners.

Number of pages: 12
Preview available.
Product code: AD-STB-010
Maximising independence for people with dementia: Strategic Briefing (2014)

Published: Jan 2014

Maximising independence for people with dementia: Strategic Briefing (2014)

Dementia is a key topic in health and social care and this briefing provides an overview of key policy drivers, practice examples and underpinning research to support you in developing services for people living with dementia. It’s of particular use for Directors, Lead Members, managers, commissioners and practitioners.

Have you visited our Events page? Many of our publications have associated events, such as webinars and workshops. Our events give participants the opportunity to identify actions that will enable them to develop and refine their skills – supporting continued professional development. For example, our Research Messages Workshop on ‘Involving people with dementia’.

Aimed at: Strategic leads, Commissioners of services.

Number of pages: 4
Product code: AD-STB-009
Quality assurance: Strategic Briefing (2014)

Published: Jan 2014

Quality assurance: Strategic Briefing (2014)

This briefing considers what social care providers, commissioners and regulators can do, individually and together, to assure the quality of their services and products.

Importantly, it looks at the part that can be played by customers in checking quality for themselves and on behalf of others. It considers four levels of quality assurance - ensuring safety, complying with standards, improving quality and learning about what works.

Aimed at: Commissioners and Social Care providers.

Number of pages: 3
Product code: AD-STB-007
User-Led Organisations: Strategic Briefing (2013)

Published: Jan 2013

User-Led Organisations: Strategic Briefing (2013)

User-Led Organisations (ULOs) can, and do, play a key role in a vibrant adult social care economy. They also contribute to the wider drive towards co-production and user engagement in the public sector.

Drawing on evidence and practice, this briefing captures the role of ULOs in both service delivery and representing user voice. It also identifies the most effective means for building the capacity of ULOs, whether they are well established or emerging in their local area.

Aimed at: All social care practitioners.

Number of pages: 3
Product code: AD-STB-004
Building Community Capacity: Strategic Briefing (2012)

Published: Jan 2012

Building Community Capacity: Strategic Briefing (2012)

This briefing outlines issues relating to community capacity in four key areas: personal and social support networks, membership of groups, a welcoming and inclusive local community, and opportunities to participate and make a contribution.

It explains what each objective means in practice, why it’s important, and how it can be achieved. The briefing gives examples of capacity building and includes links for further information.

Aimed at: Senior decision makers in adult services.

Number of pages: 3
Product code: AD-STB-003
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