Skills for Care

Commissioning services for people with a learning disability framework and jargon buster. 

These resources are for commissioners who work in social care, health, education, and children’s commissioning services for people with a learning disability. They were written to help them make informed commissioning decisions and improve the outcomes for people with a learning disability and their families.

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This guidance explains the things you’ll need to analyse, what you need to do and who and what organisations you should engage with as part of commissioning services for people with a learning disability.
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This jargon buster contains a list of the key words in the world of commissioning and what they mean.


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This guidance statement was produced by the British Association of Social Workers (BASW), to support social workers and organisations involved in commissioning support for autistic people, people with learning disabilities and their families. Skills for Care worked with BASW in the development of this resource as part of their Homes Not Hospitals campaign.


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The Institute of Public Care at Oxford Brookes University was jointly commissioned by Skills for Care and Health Education England to carry out this rapid literature review. It has been produced to inform the work of the Building the Right Support commissioning task and finish group and delivery board.

This literature review looks at the key themes of good commissioning practice, how it’s enabled and measuring its impact.