Update from Low Commission

Going Viral – embedding social welfare advice in health care provision

Updates and presentations from the Low Commission’s most recent conference.

Also a report from the Social determinants of Health conference, run with ASA and Youth Access

Health Conference Report

Health Commissioning Toolkit: A resource for local advice organisations
September 2015

This toolkit has been designed for partnerships by Andy Parkinson from Consilium Research. It covers:

1. The commissioning landscape
2. Understanding the commissioning cycle
3. Local health needs and commissioning priorities
4. Responding to opportunities
5. Advice sector commissioning examples
6. Sources of further information and resources

Health Commissioning Toolkit


Advice Services Alliance research on The Role of Advice Services in Health Outcomes

The report outlines key findings from 140 research studies in the field, and gives an overview of 58 integrated health & welfare Advice Services.

A clear message comes from these wide-ranging sources; that welfare advice in health care settings results in better individual health and well-being, and a lower demand for health services.

The report compiles the mounting evidence of both the adverse health impact of social welfare law problems, and the beneficial health impact of receiving good welfare advice.

Download the full report: ASA report

View the research documents

Care Act 2014

Links to statutory guidance on the advice and information aspects of the new Care Act.

Here’s also a link to the LGA’s page outlining the various pieces of support for councils on implementing the new responsibilities.

Finally, this a link to an interactive report about information and advice needs in adult social care.

Thanks to Simon Bottery from Independent Age (  for sharing these resources.

Advice and Health Toolkit

The Department of Health funded Citizens Advice to develop a suite of tools that the wider advice sector can use to identify the links between advice and health.

The tools can be used by everyone and are available here

We ran some events in 2014 focussing on the positive impacts of advice on health. You can view the presentation here.

Additional resources are available from the Big Lottery Fund wellbeing evaluation

Case study

South Tyneside ASTF partnership social prescribing case study