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Voluntary Organisations Disability Group (VODG) -
This practical resource aims to help to promote increased cooperation between social care commissioners and providers. It has been created in response to the need for resources to support social care providers in implementing the Social Value Act. The toolkit reflects an approach to commissioning which creates maximum value for money from public spending by realising addition benefits from providers with no extra cost to public funds. The toolkit also provides support on demonstrating added value for money that voluntary and not-for-profit organisations might deliver.
British Medical Association (BMA) -
This report warns that the GP patient record system in England is "in chaos" following a survey of 281 GP practices which has revealed widespread problems with the delivery of back office services by Capita. In September 2015, Capita were awarded an outsourced contract from NHS England to deliver administrative support services to GP practices and the survey of practices reveals the performance of Capita in delivering these services so far.
Department of Health (DH) -
This guidance is aimed at people who buy social care services, including local authority and clinical commissioning group commissioners, as well as personal budget holders and people who fund their own care, care service providers and potential investors in the care sector. It aims to help people and organisations understand adult social care market shaping and how to take action.
The King's Fund -
This report argues that STPs offer the best hope to improve health and care services despite having been beset by problems so far. STPs have been strongly criticised by politicians, local authority leaders and patient groups and this report supports many of the criticisms including patchy involvement of local government, clinicians, frontline staff and patients and that there is a lack of a governance structure or formal authority for STP leaders. Despite this, the report supports the idea behind STPs and offers suggestions for helping to make them work better.
Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE) -
This report argues that adult social care will struggle to continue to provide good services that meet rising demand without significant transformation. It explores the potential for scaling up some of the most promising examples of care and support services, using data from Birmingham City Council, to see what their impact would be on outcomes and costs. It finds that total transformation of care and support indicates potential improvements in outcomes for individuals, and potential savings of £6.6 million to the adult social care budget, along with £1.4 million to the NHS, per year, if three promising models were fully scaled up in Birmingham.