Commissioning News


Single Handed Care Demonstration

The Occupational Therapy Team at the council would like to invite you to join us for a fantastic opportunity to gain a greater insight, knowledge and skills in relation to managing and supporting clients with a single handed care approach.

The Team will be presenting more detail about the background to the project/approach, the current national landscape as well as information specific to our Peterborough citizens and the impact the 'new way of working' has both for clients, carers and available resources within the care sector.

The single handed care demonstration will take place on Tuesday 1 August 1:30-3:30pm at the Training Room, 5 Royce Road, Peterborough PE1 5YB.

Please email to book your place or complete the SHC booking form. Course places are limited.

SHC demo booking form

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Awareness Sessions about STOMP and Positive Behaviour Support in July

NHS Health Education England have asked BILD and STOMP - Stopping Over-Medication of People with a learning disability, autism, or both - to run a series of free drop in awareness sessions around the country in July to promote the STOMP campaign and the key messages about Positive Behaviour Support.

Adults, children and young people with learning disabilities or autism, or both, who also may have mental health conditions are at risk of developing behaviours that are concerning or challenging and this can lead to over medication or the use of other unnecessary restrictive practices.

The sessions are for education, health and care workers and any others interested who support people who are at risk of exclusion and over medication. We would particularly welcome families to these sessions. 

The sessions will be interactive, and attendees will learn about the STOMP campaign and about how working together to deliver Positive Behaviour Support can promote the best outcomes, by supporting human rights and lowering the risk of hospital admission, readmission or out of area placements.

The free events

Reading 27 July

Venue: Green Park Conference Centre, Mapletree UK Management Limited 100 Longwater Avenue, Green Park, Reading RG2 6GP

Manchester 31 July 

Venue: Redbank House, 4 St Chads Street, Cheetham, Manchester M8 8QA

Sessions at:

  • 10am - 12pm
  • 1pm - 3pm
  • 4pm - 6pm

Sessions at:

  • 10am - 12pm
  • 1pm - 3pm
  • 3.30pm - 5.30pm

How to book your place

Each date is split into three separate two hour sessions, you can book a place at any one session by going on the Eventbrite website.

Inclusive Youth Club

Are you or do you know someone between the ages of 11-19 who is looking to have fun and meet people of the same age? Our Inclusive Youth Club offers a range of different activities, whilst giving young people the opportunity to learn new skills and make friends. 

The Youth Club is available to attend every Wednesday evening 7pm-9pm at St Mary's Church, New Road, PE1 1TT. 

For more information contact Alan Quinn 07392280075 or Deborah Smalley 07392280076.

Regulations, Procedures & Policy News

Forthcoming changes to coroner duty to undertake inquest in DoLS and other authorisations under the Mental Capacity Act 2005.

From Monday 3 April 2017 coroners will no longer have a duty to undertake an inquest into the death of every person who was subject to an authorisation under the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (known as DoLS) under the Mental Capacity Act 2005. 

In these cases an inquest will still be required if the person died before Monday 3 April 2017. However, for any person subject to a DoLS authorisation who dies on the 3rd, or any time after, their death need not be reported to the coroner unless the cause of death is unknown or where there are concerns that the cause of death was unnatural or violent, including where there is any concern about the care given having contributed to the persons death. 

Any person with any concerns about how or why someone has come to their death can contact the coroner directly. This will not change where a person subject to a DoLS authorisation. What will change is that the coroner will no longer be duty bound to investigate every death where the deceased had a DoLS in place. 

For more information on coroner services please see the Coroner Services Guides.

Representatives from Peterborough Deaf Community meet Commissioners

Representatives from Peterborough’s Deaf Community aged below 50 met with staff from Peterborough City Council led by Commissioner Gary Jones to discuss the issues deaf people face in the city. The representatives talked about issues relating to health and social care, transport, and employment. 

The group also talked about way deaf  services might be improved. 

This meeting comes after a series of successful meetings with deaf people aged over 50 in Peterborough, and is the next step towards creating potential partnership boards with the council for the deaf community with the aim of making progress in combatting long standing inequalities suffered by deaf people in the city. 
Andy Palmer, Managing Director of CDA said: “I’m delighted that our relationship with the council continues to develop and shows real signs of making progress. 

“Thanks again to Gary and Karen Berkeley of the Commissioning team for thier continued focus on improving the lives of the local Deaf Community which looks like it could begin to make a difference soon.”

The next meeting is due to be in October. 

Cambridgeshire Deaf Association website news feature on their Peterborough members meeting with Adult Social Care Commissioning

Members of the local deaf community aged over 50 met members of the Commissioning department at Peterborough City Council today to discuss what works well and how services could be improved. 

The meeting was chaired by Gary Jones, the Interim Head of Commissioning for Older People, Carers and Sensory Impairment and organised by Karen Berkley, Assistant Commissoner in Adult Social Care alongside CDA. 

The delegates had their say on how the council could work better with the deaf community and this meeting is the first in a developing relationship between the Deaf community and Peterborough City Council.

Andy Palmer, Managing Director or CDA said: “Everyone came away from this initial meeting feeling good and optimistic about what could be achieved in future. Thanks to Peterborough City Council for their enthusiasm in looking at improving services for deaf people and I think we’re all looking forward to next time and to what more we can achieve together.”

If you would like to get involved in the next meeting, please get in touch with Ky Dai, Community Coordinator by text or FaceTime on 07557 258230 or email or come along to our weekly Peterborough Drop In