Turbulent Times: Report of Preliminary Findings from Year 1 of the Evaluation of the Care Services Improvement Partnership

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1:1 This report presents preliminary findings from Phase One of the
evaluation of the Care Services Improvement Partnership (CSIP). CSIP
became operational in April 2005 and brought together eight previously
independent Improvement Programmes (National Support Service for Child
and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS); Integrated Care
Network; Integrating Community Equipment Support Team; National
Institute for Mental Health in England (NIHME); Health and Social Care
Change Agent Team; Valuing People Support Team; Change for Children;
Health in Criminal Justice).
1:2 The evaluation was commissioned by the Care Services Directorate
(CSD) of the Department of Health shortly after the launch of CSIP in April
2005. The evaluation was designed as a three year project but revised to
constitute two phases at the end of year one owing to uncertainty around
the future of CSIP. Phase Two is currently under discussion. This report will
help inform its direction.
1:3 The primary purpose of this study was the evaluation of CSIP itself, in
terms of its achievement of its Business Plan, its influence on policy and
strategy, and the extent to which consistent and effective programme
activity developed at national, regional and local level. The second was the
evaluation of its direct or indirect impact on service improvements in local
communities. Because the study was affected by extraneous
developments, this report concentrates on the first of these objectives.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherSocial Care Workforce Research Unit, King's College London
Commissioning bodyPolicy Research Programme, Department of Health
Number of pages62
Publication statusPublished - 1 May 2007


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