BASE, Training, Disability, Education & training, Commissioning, Supported employment
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This document brings together our policy aims for the disability and employment sector. The document was updated in 2016 by the National Executive Committee.

Policy & research organisations
Commissioning, Supported employment
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This publication summarises the learning from work undertaken by NDTi around supporting people with learning disabilities and people with mental health problems into paid work. Conclusions include that there is:

NHS England has announced a major expansion of a landmark scheme designed to help tens of thousands of patients with serious mental health problems who want to work, to find employment.
The voluntary scheme, known as Individual Placement and Support (IPS), is being rolled out to 28 new local NHS areas, meaning eight out of ten parts of England will have access to the programme.

The Royal Borough of Kingston is considering the commissioning options for a Supported Employment Service for Adult Social Care clients aged between 18-64, including;

  • Learning Disabilities (LD)
  • Homelessness
  • Drug and Alcohol misuse
  • Mental Health
  • LD Children and Young People in Transition

The Council would like to understand from key providers how these requirements might best be met and is therefore carrying out a soft market testing exercise to engage in early informal dialogue prior to any formal commissioning taking place.

Greater Manchester has set a target of achieving 7% employment rates for people with learning disabilities across all of the Greater Manchester boroughs by 2020. The target is included within its GM Learning Disability Strategy and flagged up in a letter to all authorities in the region.

The letter, from Lord Smith of Leigh, the Chair of Greater Manchester Health and Care Board, states:

Commissions & Regulatory Organisations
Transition, Commissioning
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Guidance, Best practice

This quick guide aims to help health commissioners and providers tackle the challenges involved in implementing the joint commissioning of services for children and young people with special educational needs and disability (SEND) introduced by Part 3 of the Children and Families Act 2014.

The guide contains links to a wide range of resources around commissioning, transition planning and co-production.

The Government’s Work and Health Unit, a joint unit funded by the Department for Work and Pensions and Department of Health and Social Care, has launched the Challenge Fund, a new time-limited source of funding aimed at testing new or promising approaches to helping people experiencing mental health or musculoskeletal (MSK) issues to stay in work.  The Challenge Fund is run by Rocket Science on behalf of the government.

ADASS has published its 2018 Budget Survey; an authoritative analysis of the state of adult social care finances in England. The data and analysis are drawn from the experiences of current leaders in adult social care. It provides contemporary, in-depth intelligence on how adult social care is responding to the multiple challenges of meeting increased expectations and need, whilst managing resources in an environment where Local Government funding is reducing, the provider and labour markets are fragile and the impact is affecting, and affected by, what is happening in the NHS.  

BASE has been working with the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS) to produce some guidelines for local authorities to help them raise the employment rates of adults with disabilities.

Solihull Council has stated that it intends to close its supported employment service, STEPS. The service currently supports nearly 250 people with 70 in paid jobs.

STEPS, pictured, won Care Team of the Year at the council's 2017's Solihull Together Awards and the 8 staff will now be redeployed.


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