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Commissioning for better outcomes in mental health care: testing Alliance Contracting as an enabling framework

Clark, Michael ORCID: 0000-0003-4964-5005, Ryan, Tony and Dixon, Nick (2015) Commissioning for better outcomes in mental health care: testing Alliance Contracting as an enabling framework. Mental Health and Social Inclusion, 19 (4). pp. 191-201. ISSN 2042-8308

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Purpose Commissioning has been a central plank of health and social are policy in England for many years now, yet there are still debates about how effective it is in delivering improvements in care and outcomes. Social inclusion of people with experience of mental health is one of the goals that commissioners would like to help services to improve but such a complex outcome for people can often be undermined by contractual arrangements that fragment service responses rather than deliver holistic support. In this paper we discuss a form of commissioning, Alliance Contracting, and how it has been allied with a Social Inclusion Outcomes Framework (SIOF)in Stockport to begin to improve services and outcomes. Design/methodology/approach The paper is a conceptual discussion and case description of the use of Alliance Contracts to improve recovery services and social inclusion in mental health care in one locality. Findings The paper finds that the Alliance Contracting approach fits well with the SIOF and is beginning to deliver some promising results in terms of improving services Research limitations/implications This is a case study of one area and, as such, it is hard to generalise beyond that. Practical implications The paper discusses a promising approach for commissioners to develop locally to guide service improvements and better social inclusion outcomes for people. Originality/value This is the first paper to set out the use of alliance contracting and social inclusion measures to help improve services and outcomes for people experiencing mental health problems

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Additional Information: © 2015 Emerald Group Publishing Limited.
Divisions: Personal Social Services Research Unit
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
Date Deposited: 05 Nov 2015 10:39
Last Modified: 01 Apr 2024 08:23

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