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Commissioning for Health and Social Care

Commissioning for Health and Social Care

March 2014 | 280 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

This practical text takes you methodically and logically through the challenging task of commissioning and procuring public services across the health and social care sector. Split into four parts, it moves step-by-step through each stage of the commissioning cycle established by the Institute:

  •          Plan
  •          Do
  •          Review
  •          Analyse

Chapters include key terms which support learning, case studies which help you apply the theory to different contexts and exercises which encourage reflection.

The book is essential reading for those taking postgraduate courses in commissioning and those studying management and leadership in health and social care at postgraduate level. It is also valuable reading for professionals working in the health and social care sector.






An Introduction to Commissioning and Procurement
Part 1: Analyse
Why, When and How to Commission
Conducting Strategic Needs Assessments
Mapping Resources
Part 2: Plan
Strategic Analysis Tools for Commissioning
Managing the Strategy and Communicating with Stakeholders
Towards Effective Service Design
Part 3: Secure Services
Market Facilitation
Procurement and the Contracting Process
Contracting for Personalised Services
Part 4: Review
Managing Service Performance
Achieving Value for Money

This is a practical book for both new and established practitioners who want to gain understanding of the process of commissioning, or those who already contribute to the commissioning of health and social care services. It  helps to de-mystify the  process and provide  insight into the commissioning cycle and with useful learning outcomes, definitions, exercises and reflections for each chapter. Reading this evidence based systematic approach to commissioning will help those involved understand the process of planning and resourcing  to  improve outcomes for people.

Jane Quigley, Programme Leader Health and Social Care Commissioning, University of Chester

A useful resource which is packed with good examples. Students will be able to apply the exercises to their own organisation when asked to reflect on current practice.

Ann Saxon, Lecturer, University of Wolverhampton

This text shows great insight into the complexities of service provision. Postgraduate students will find this book beneficial and allows the student to understand the underpinning principles of leadership and management and how it applies to Industry.

Miss Ella Malton
Department of Health & Social Studies, Grimsby Institute of HE And FE
June 28, 2017

I think this book comes as something of a disappointment. While the process of commissioning is provided in very clear terms the complexity involved is absent. Health and Social care commissioning presents a huge number of challenges which are just not given sufficient space within the text. The integration agenda is replete with fundamental organisational, strategic and operational challenges. They need more attention in this otherwise acceptable and useful book.

Mr Ian Michael McGonagle
Health , Lincoln University
January 21, 2016

This gives clear understanding to what would be complex issues for students. Highly reccommended

Miss Ella Rachael Malton
Department of Health & Social Studies, Grimsby Institute of HE & FE
September 18, 2015

'This book provides a logical approach to the cycle of commissioning,helping readers to de-mystify the process.The reflection sections are useful teaching aids for student group debate and promote self reflection to enhance practice and development for qualified staff.'

Mrs Lisa Jennison
Faculty of Health & Social Care, Hull University
September 15, 2015

Covers all the important aspects that are thought in the model. Well written with very good case studies.

Mr Muhammad Saddiq
School of Health & Related Research, Sheffield University
May 15, 2015

Excellent book with extensive content.

Will be considered essential reading for the module originally considered and also a further module.

Worth noting marketed for Postgraduate but this will be classed as essential reading for both FdSc and BSc.

Mrs Maxine Davis
Children Health AccessPublic Services, South Devon College
July 8, 2014

Excellent text book, that clearly explains the current commissioning situation. It is clearly written, with good diagrams and activities to support.

Dr Julie Prowse
Div. of Service Development and Improvement, University of Bradford
June 20, 2014

One of the only books on commissioning as a subject. Recommended to masters level students who are mainly from health and social care services

Mrs Frances Wilson
Health and Social Care, Chester University
August 23, 2015

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