Older people's prevention services: local authority and voluntary sector perspectives

Third Sector Organisations (TSOs) have historically played a significant role in the delivery of adult social care. Often associated with qualities such as strong community links, access to disadvantaged groups and innovative practice, TSOs remain a popular choice with local authority commissioners as providers of preventative services such as befriending, help with shopping and domestic work, and exercise and social groups.

This study by the Health Services Management Centre explores the views of both locally commissioned TSOs and national organisations providing preventative services for older people. It found TSOs and their commissioners enjoyed positive relationships and had shared understandings of their respective roles. Both struggled to understand how to set outcomes for preventative services and gather appropriate data.

For further information please contact:

Robin Miller (r.s.miller@bham.ac.uk)
Catherine Mangan (c.mangan@bham.ac.uk)
Kerry Allen (k.allen@bham.ac.uk)