The West Midlands Combined Authority is working with NHS England, the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP), and the Department of Health (DH) to trial IPS services in primary and community care settings. The aim is to test if this model can deliver a transformational improvement in employment, health, and wellbeing outcomes for people out of work with a self-defined long term health condition or disability. 

Greater Manchester (GM) is developing an Ethical Learning Disability and Autism Purchasing System. Local Authorities (LAs) and Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) within GM will commission person-centred and outcome-focused packages which will support people with learning disabilities and autism to be independent at home, learn new skills, and connect with others. The life journey approach will seek innovative solutions from providers which develop a sense of community and a sustainable network local to where people live. Supported Employment is covered by Lot 2.

BASE has launched its 2017 Awards and a nomination pack is now available to download. The awards recognise best practice in the delivery of Supported Employment and anyone can make a nomination. Nominations will close on 30 September 2017 and the awards will be presented at our conference dinner in Brighton on 8 November.

The awards cover:

We have finally received confirmation of the local authorities that will participate in the supported employment proof of concept trials. The announcement had been delayed for 10 weeks by the election but the local authorities were informed this morning.

The following nine local authorities have been informed and invited to participate in the initiative:

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Public Health England has published a report detailing the results of the 2016 autism self-assessment exercise. The annual self-assessment is completed by English local authorities and includes a couple of questions about work.



Mencap has announced a series of events aimed at schools and colleges to publicise its Right Place project. The project will provide support and work placement opportunities to colleges and education providers for students with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND). Mencap will use its employer engagement contacts to broker work placements.

BASE is delighted to announce that Shaw Trust will be the principal sponsor of this year's annual conference. The conference takes place at Jurys Inn Brighton Waterfront on 8-9 November and early bird bookings are now available at a discounted rate.


The New Local Government Network (NLGN) has published a document about use of the social value within procurement. The report is based on a workshop held in Birmingham in December 2016, with attendees from local authorities and the private sector. It looks at the background to including social value in procurement processes, as well as how its aims can best be achieved in practice.

Disabled people are to be offered internships in the Scottish Government as it seeks to lead by example. The internship programme starts in September and forms part of 120 places offered in the public, voluntary and charity sectors. The Scottish disability employment rate at 40.9% compared with a non-disabled employment rate of 81.5%. The Scottish Government has a long-term aim of halving this gap and Social Security Minister Jeane Freeman said the Scottish Government and public sector had to "lead by example" in helping support disabled people into work.

The first World Conference for supported employment takes place in Belfast on 14-16 June. Over 500 participants have already registered so now is your last chance to book a delegate place at this event. BASE will be presenting a workshop about the Supported Employment Quality Framework project.

The event has 4 themes: