New resources available from TLAP

The latest materials from Think Local, Act Personal (TLAP).

Commissioning the Future: Workshop materials to start a new conversation

This series of five workshop scenarios have been designed to help those involved in strategic commissioning to rehearse and explore new ways in which the public care market might develop. The Commissioning the Future pack offers all those involved in strategic commissioning - including providers of services, people, carers and commissioning officers - an opportunity to: Rehearse the issues they face Do this outside the context of a particular negotiation, contract or agreement.

Download the documents from the TLAP website.

Stronger Partnerships for Better Outcomes: A protocol for market relations

This is a set of principles and good behaviours that is intended to enhance effective ways of working between people and family carers, service providers and local authority commissioners.

The Protocol recommends a co-production approach to local commissioning of care and support which fully complements Making it Real. It suggests that the three perspectives of people, carers and families, service providers and commissioners need to be brought together to unlock the potential for creative, person-centred approaches that meet people's needs.

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Empowering Communities for Health: Business Case and Practice Framework

Using GP practice-level data, the HELP project estimated savings of £655,162 could be generated in one neighbourhood through setting up a community development project, against an investment in setting up the project of £145,500.

The Health Empowerment Leverage Project (HELP) worked in three local authority areas: Smiths Wood, North Solihull; Townstal in Dartmouth, Devon; and Putney Vale in Wandsworth, London over an 18-month period to promote participation and community involvement and better collaboration between agencies. The effects of the pilot projects over 18 months were that local communities and service agencies together created a range of new or extended local developments such as: increased volunteering, wider social networks, better awareness and cooperation between community groups, legal and benefits advice, sessions on weight management and smoking cessation, sports activities, a safe cycling club, improving woodlands and dancing. Using GP practice-level data the project group estimates that the financial savings per neighbourhood over three years will be £655,162, against an investment in setting up the project of £145,500.1

HELP received Department of Health funding for their pilots and now recommend that Health and Wellbeing Boards and LSPs commission this kind of activity. They claim that investment in the 20% most disadvantaged neighbourhoods in a typical local authority or CCG would produce a health saving of £4,242,726 over three years - just over £1.41m a year. Using this form of community development in the 20% most disadvantaged neighbourhoods in England would save the public purse £330m a year. 1

1Health Empowerment Leverage Project (HELP) November 2011 -

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Catalysts for Community Action and Investment: A Social Return on Investment Analysis of Community Development

This research undertaken by the New Economics Foundation found that investing £1 in community development delivers £3 of social value.

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ripfa TLAP Building Community Capacity Resources

Active and supportive communities enable people to stay healthy and actively involved for longer, reducing the need for targeted services.

Resources include - Strategic Briefing: aimed at Directors, Assistant Directors and Strategic Managers, Key Issue: aimed at social care practitioners and Managers and EiP Councillors Briefing.

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Lived Experience Leading The Way - Peer Support in Mental Health

A report by Together-UK showed that a mental health peer support service in Leeds saves £28,000 a year compared to traditional care. Other studies showed that in mental health can save bed days and reduce hospital re-admissions by 50%.

The report shows that peer support leads to improved self-esteem and confidence, a sense of belonging, and motivation to learn new skills. A Peer Support service in Australia, providing hospital avoidance and early discharge support, saved 300 bed days in the first three months alone. A USA outpatient programme reduced re-hospitalisations by 50% compared with traditional care. The Leeds Survivor-Led Crisis Service successfully supports people at £180 per day per person while a stay at an acute hospital as an inpatient is £259 per day, providing a saving of £28,000 each year.

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Making an economic case

The Building Community Capacity project, led by Catherine Wilton and Martin Routledge, commissioned leading social care economist Professor Martin Knapp and colleagues from the LSE to investigate whether investment in community projects was worthwhile financially.

The findings demonstrate that community-based approaches are far from 'soft' and, in fact, have a hard-edged monetary value. Not only did Professor Knapp's team find savings to the public purse, but the financial returns could be seen in quite a short timeframe.

This paper, accompanying slides and the literature search available on the Building Community Capacity website are essential reading for politicians, senior managers, decision-makers, GPs and commissioners across the public sector and providers who want to reshape their care and support offer.

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Last Updated : 07 July 2012. Page Author: Laura Bimpson.