The recent National Children and Adult Services conference in Manchester saw the highly successful launch of Commissioning for Better Outcomes – a route map.

This work has been funded by the Department of Health and was led by a team from the Health Services Management Centre at the University of Birmingham, commissioned by the Local Government Association (LGA) and the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS).

The standards are the culmination of over eight months of intensive co-production with a wide range of local authorities, service providers and service users, overseen by a steering group coordinated by Think Local Act Personal (TLAP).  They are designed to drive improvement, providing a framework for councils to self-assess their progress against best practice in commissioning and enable them to identify areas for further improvement.

The prototype document will be piloted by a small number of local authorities between now and the end of March and will shape and inform a new offer within the LGA peer challenge programme which will become available in April 2015.

Download a copy of the route map along with a letter from David Pearson and Norman Lamb MP introducing this document.