Co-production and Partnership Working

This relates to how councils work with partners, especially people who access and rely on care and support and providers commissioned by councils to deliver this.

Co-production and Lived Experience

Co-production is the process of developing more equal partnerships between people who use services, carers and commissioners. In doing so, the lived experience of those individuals helps to shape and inform commissioner’s decision making.


Co-Production in Commissioning Toolkit. TLAP
This toolkit from Think Local Act Personal (TLAP contains a wide range of information, practical examples and resources to support the involvement of people with care and support needs, carers and family members within commissioning.

Jargon Buster. TLAP
The Jargon buster developed by Think Local, Act Personal (TLAP) is a directory of Plain English definitions of commonly used words and phrases in health and social are which may be useful both for commissioners and partners within the community. 

Co-Production Resources. SCIE
A wide range of resources from the Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE) to Improve participation and co-production with people who use services and carers to develop and deliver better social care and health provision.

A carers life: implications and considerations for commissioning. IPC. 2017
This paper from the Institute for Public Care (IPC) discusses the implications for commissioning of the reality for carers, their quality-of-life outcomes and the emotional dimensions of their lives.

Commissioning for outcomes and co-production. New Economics Foundation. 2014
This handbook and practical guide sets out a model for designing, commissioning and delivering services so they are outcome based and promote co-production. 


Partnership Working Principles

The principles and evidence behind why partnership-based approaches between social care commissioners, health and care providers are crucial in delivering high-quality and sustainable care markets. 


Partnerships for Better Public Services. DCMS. 2018 
This report from the Department of Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) sets out several models for partnership working within public services and includes the commissioner’s perspective and the benefits for commissioning of partnership working.

Stronger partnerships for Better Outcomes. TLAP. 2012
This paper from Think Local Act Personal (TLAP) promotes a set of principles and behaviours that will enhance the environment in which good adult social care and support is developed and sustained and market relations are improved. 


Integrated Commissioning and Place Based Approaches

A place-based approach seeks to bring together all partners in a local health and care system to deliver joined up care. The integration of health and social care commissioning. Is one such way to deliver more joined up care.


Shifting the centre of gravity. LGA, ADASS, NHS CC, NHS Confed, NHS Providers, ADPH. 2018
A report from various partners in the social care and health sector which sets out a vision and action priorities for a place-based, person-centred approach to population health and a shared vision for integrated care and support.

Integrated Commissioning for Better Outcomes Framework. LGA. 2018
A practical tool for council and NHS commissioners to support improving outcomes through integrated commissioning.

Integration and Better Care Fund Resources. LGA
This page directs to a wide range of resources to support local authorities and health systems in integrating care. 

Integrated Care. SCIE 
Guides, models and evidence from the Social Care Institute of Excellence (SCIE) to support local areas, integrated care organisations, sustainability and transformation plans, care and health providers and commissioners to integrating health, care and related services.


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