Commissioning to transform day and vocational services

Helen Lockett, Linda Seymour & Adam Pozner

12 June 2008

About Time sets out how day and vocational services can make radical changes to offer people the support they need to build the lives they want to live. It is based on experience in two counties in England.

About Time is the first step-by-step guide that shows how primary care trusts and county council commissioners can turn their services around by finding out what their users want, drawing on the available evidence of what works and building new forms of support. It shows that involving service users from the start of a process of radical change is crucial to its success.

Audience: Commissioners and practitioners in employment and mental health services.

Free to download below.

Download About Time PDF (560 KB)

You can download a summary of About Time below.


Download About Time summary PDF (249 KB)

These tools are for use with the About Time guide. There are blank copies of the resources in Appendix 1 of the guide with a spreadsheet to help you compare investment and population:

Download the resources from the book PDF (216 KB)

Download the spreadsheet for comparing investment and population (20 KB)

We have prepared re-usable versions of the resources from the guide as well as four additional resources:

Download data collection checklist PDF (109 KB)

Download community links service specification PDF (133 KB)

Download vocational service specification PDF (149 KB)

Download sample communications action plan PDF (132 KB)