COVID-19 resources on commissioning

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Busting bureaucracy: empowering frontline staff by reducing excess bureaucracy in the health and care system in England

Department of Health and Social Care

This is the government response to a public consultation on reducing bureaucracy in the health and social care system. COVID-19 has demonstrated the benefits that lifting bureaucratic burdens can offer and given us some learnings in terms of the best ways to do so. This document outlines the actions that can be taken to drive changes to culture and leadership, simplify assurance and accountability processes and review the system architecture to drive better integration of services. Ultimately empowering people to get on with their jobs and deliver better outcomes. The report highlights eight priority areas for action: data and information will be requested, shared and used intelligently; system and professional regulation will be proportionate and intelligent; day-to-day staff processes will be simple, helpful and effective; the government will legislate to make procurement rules more flexible; GPs will have more time to focus on clinical work and improving patient care; appraisals will be streamlined and their impact increased; there will be greater digitisation of services; and a supportive culture is needed at a national and local level.

Last updated on hub: 26 November 2020

Challenges and solutions: commissioning social care during COVID-19

Social Care Institute for Excellence

SCIE addresses the commissioning challenges faced by the social care sector during the pandemic and describes what solutions organisations have responded with.

Last updated on hub: 15 July 2020

Cohorting, zoning and isolation practice: commissioning for resilient care home provision: a report to the Social Care Sector COVID-19 Task Force

Care England

Guidance on developing good practice in cohorting, zoning and isolation practice in care home settings as a means of ensuring the effective implementation of the Public Health England (PHE) national guidance and high standards of infection prevention and control. Various examples and documents already exist which exemplify notable practice and provide national guidance. This document brings some of this together to address particular questions for the Task Force. As well as providing advice to the Task Force, it might also act as a checklist for commissioners to assess what they have already done / might do. It is split as follows: context; some key principles to guide work in this area; describing good practice in cohorting – within existing provision, or in dedicated facilities; what this means for commissioners and how they work with care providers recognising the critical relationships between them; resource considerations; and practice examples and references.

Last updated on hub: 17 September 2020

Commissioning and COVID-19: advice for social care

Social Care Institute for Excellence

SCIE's collection of resources for commissioners that discuss the impact COVID-19 has had on commissioning, and ways to move forward.

Last updated on hub: 29 June 2020

Commissioning and COVID-19: Legal and policy context

Social Care Institute for Excellence

A summary of law and areas of policy (in England) relevant to social care commissioning. This includes specific changes or considerations during COVID-19.

Last updated on hub: 15 July 2020

Commissioning during COVID-19 and beyond

Social Care Institute for Excellence

This guide focuses on what we can learn from commissioning during the COVID-19 crisis. It discusses how commissioners can work in true partnership with citizens, providers and the community to resolve issues.

Last updated on hub: 18 June 2020

Coronavirus (COVID-19): provision of home care

Department of Health and Social Care

This document brings together all guidance related to coronavirus and home care in one place. It is intended for social care staff, registered providers, local authorities and commissioners who support and deliver care to people in their own homes in England. The guidance covers: personal protective equipment; shielding and care groups; hospital discharge and testing; government support for social care; and information collection and governance. It includes links to additional information and guidance. [Published 22 May 2020. Last updated 4 November 2020]

Last updated on hub: 26 May 2020

Covid-19 adult social care provision: stories of promise

Think Local Act Personal

Information and examples of emerging practice during the Coronavirus pandemic. This collection charts the multitude of creative responses that have evolved to support people with adult care and support in communities across England as a result of the pandemic. Each example is collated under a different theme that relates to provider, council or community activity such as commissioning, asset-based approaches or digital solutions. Themes include: keeping people connected; digital innovation; information and advice; markets and commissioning; self-directed support; and workforce.

Last updated on hub: 20 July 2020

Guidance for local authorities and clinical commissioning groups in the delivery of direct payments and personal health budgets

Department of Health and Social Care

This guidance sets out key expectations of Local Authorities and Clinical Commissioning Groups in their delivery of direct payments and personal health budgets to support people’s continuing care and support needs, and to manage and mitigate the impacts of COVID-19. The guidance covers: continuity of care and support; allowing flexibility; key steps for LAs and CCGs to take; supporting the person and direct payment capability; supporting personal assistants with Statutory Sick Pay (SSP); contingency arrangements for people who employ personal assistants; and support for people using direct payments and receiving community health provision. This guidance intends to complement existing guidance and statutory duties. Any inconsistency between this guidance and the legislation is to be interpreted in favour of the legislation. [First published: 21 April 2020. Last updated 18 November 2020].

Last updated on hub: 15 September 2020

Hospital discharge and preventing unnecessary hospital admissions (COVID-19)

Social Care Institute for Excellence

This guide discusses the lessons learned from hospital discharge and avoidance during the COVID-19 pandemic. It highlights challenges faced and good practice to prevent unnecessary admissions going forward.

Last updated on hub: 31 July 2020

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