[PDF] Tackling loneliness and social isolation: the role of commissioners

Social Care Institute for Excellence - SCIE
Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE)
Publication date:
01 January 2018


In September 2017, SCIE and Renaisi organised a seminar with commissioners, local authorities and third sector representatives to explore the opportunities and barriers faced by commissioners seeking to address social isolation in older people. This was part of a three-year evaluation that SCIE and Renaisi are undertaking of a new national programme to help address isolation in older people through reading-based interventions.

This Highlights briefing draws on the discussions from the seminar, and previous research and evaluations in this field. It:

  • identifies the evidence that points the way to a better understanding of effective interventions
  • provides examples of practice emerging in different parts of the country
  • examines what needs to happen next in order to create a more conducive commissioning environment.