Commissioning and Purchasing

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Psychology Press, 2001 - Health & Fitness - 138 pages
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This essential guide to commissioning and purchasing in social care provides case studies, guidelines, and checklists to help readers to assess need, develop care plans and select suppliers of care. It clearly explains:

  • the reasons for the shift to commissioning and purchasing away from direct provision
  • the distinction between commissioning and purchasing
  • how to ensure that the commissioning and purchasing process fully reflects the views of users and carers
  • contracts and tenders
  • costs and prices in relation to providing quality care
  • how safeguards can be built into the commissioning and purchasing process.

This is an invaluable resource that focuses on the practical skills required to deliver effective care. It has been written for social care students, frontline staff and their managers to help them through the process.

 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Choice
7
Commissioning
18
Feeding Mrs Brown
19
Meeting local needs
20
Developing a commissioning plan
21
Involving users and carers
33
Conflicting rights
34
A simple assessment
53
Contracting
66
Fairness to all
74
Deciding on extensions
80
Costs and prices
83
Unit costs
85
Costeffective care
88
Purchasing quality care
97

Listening to users
38
Better government for older people
39
Direct payments
43
Care management
48
Next steps in commissioning
111
Pointers to the issues
126
Bibliography
133
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About the author (2001)

Terry Bamford has been active in social work for five decades and is currently chair of the Social Work History Network at King s College London and of Healthwatch Bexley. He is the author of "Managing Social Work", "The Future of Social Work", and "Commissioning and Purchasing".