Call for case studies for upcoming LGA guidance on commissioning for better health outcomes

It is now three years since Local Authorities took on responsibility for public health.  In the early days there was a strong focus on managing a safe transition and getting commissioning arrangements in good order.  The focus now is shifting to transformation and embedding health in everything a council does.  This is all in the context of ever tightening finances and the need to get the best outcomes from the resources available.

We are looking for up to six great examples of commissioning for better health outcomes that will help illustrate some or all of the principles we have identified are critical to getting the best outcomes from the commissioning process.

Principles

  •  Culture, relationships and partnerships
  •  A really clear focus on outcomes
  •  Investing strategically and for the longer term
  •  Working with communities and building on assets – coproduction
  •  Market-shaping – ensuring good provider input
  •  Commissioning along pathways from prevention to care
  •  Using procurement processes to advantage rather than seeing as a block
  •  E.g. to build social value, manage risk well – being risk savvy rather than risk averse, to bring whole pathway together rather than disparate bits, to provide framework for collaborative work

What sort of examples are we looking for?

We are aiming for a good spread of topics including some that would not be regarded as public health specific e.g. housing, transport, neighbourhood support, building social value into a capital programme.

We would also like a good geographical spread and examples from different types of councils.

The information we will collect about each case study will be in the following format.  You will not be expected to write it up yourself.  All we need from you is a very brief outline to help us select a good mix of projects and to commit to a half hour phone call in the next three weeks with Janet Atherton who is working as the LGA consultant on this project.

  •  Format:
  •  Context – what is the outcome that aiming to address?
  •  Approach taken – with prompts about how used principles
  •  Who was involved?
  •  What was the outcome?
  •  Health outcomes
  •  Impact on inequalities
  • Budget savings
  •  Learning – what would do differently, what was really important to get right?

What do we need from you?

You will not be expected to write up the case study yourself.  All we need from you is a very brief outline to help us select a good mix of projects and to commit to a half hour phone call in the next three weeks with Janet Atherton who is working as the LGA consultant on this project.

If you think you have a case study that might fit the bill please email brief details including a contact email and telephone number to:  janet@janetatherton.co.uk

1 March 2016