The Commissioning and Procurement Programme

The Commissioning and Procurement programme is a programme of local and national policy and practice change hosted by CCPS.

The Commissioning and Procurement Programme is fully funded by Scottish Government and aims to provide cross -sectoral support to organisations and people looking to improve how social care is commissioned and procured.

The Commissioning and Procurement Programme provides support to those leading change in local authority commissioning and procurement roles, third sector support providers and supported people by running a programme of events, collaborative change projects, provider representation, sharing good practice examples of commissioning and procurement practice and by working to influence Scottish Government on social care policy.

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C&P: Big Ideas

Our ‘Big Ideas’ aim to start conversations about how we can get things right for supported people, and those who provide, plan and purchase their support. It offers a range of practical, engaging alternatives to returning to the way thing were pre-COVID-19 and sets out how change might happen.

Our Big Ideas aim to start conversations about how we can get things right for supported people, and those who provide, plan and purchase their support. It offers a range of practical, engaging alternatives to returning to the way thing were pre-COVID-19 and sets out how change might happen.

These are our big ideas for social care… what are yours?

These ideas are only step one. We need to work together to succeed. Help us in one of these ways:

 

 

  • Collaborate – talk to us and others about the big ideas and share your own!
  • Challenge – tell us what you think about the ideas and help us make them better.
  • Change – get in touch if you’d like to try the ideas out in practice.

 

C&P: Sustainability & Finances

Financial resources to support finance professionals and others in taking a transformative approach to commissioning and procurement of social care.  

The move towards a more ethical commissioning and procurement way of contracting for social care services will require adequate funding to support financial sustainability for social care providers and to be able to meet both the needs and outcomes of individuals receiving social care.

Ensuring that social care budgets are sufficient to meet the real cost of care for individuals and for support providers will lead to long term sustainable support provision that focusses on individuals. This includes proper resources of support providers to pay support workers a fair wage and to implement fair work practices.

CCPS has commissioned Fraser McKinlay (McKinlay Consulting) to create financial resources to support finance professionals and others in taking a transformative approach to commissioning and procurement of social care.

The resources set out how revised Best Value Statutory Guidance (2020) can be applied effectively in social care planning and contracting, and offer a checklist based on BV themes that Board members and councillors can use to aid oversight and scrutiny of social care funding.

 

C&P: Good Practice in Procurement

Practical information about good practice in procurement relating to the contracting of social care support in Scotland.

The Independent Review of Adult Social Care recommended the need for an end to price based competition and competitive tendering, and a move to more outcomes based, person centred, sustainable contracts:

‘an end to the emphasis on price and competition and to see the establishment of a more collaborative, participative and ethical commissioning framework for adult social care services and supports, squarely focused on achieving better outcomes for people using these services and improving the experience of the staff delivering them. By shifting emphasis in this way we believe Scotland can deliver social care supports more fairly and more sustainably.’

CCPS commissioned law firm MacRoberts LLP to produce practical guides to procurement legislation and regulations relating to the contracting of social care support in Scotland.

These resources are practical guides to help support public authorities with implementing alternatives to competition, greater collaboration with support providers and supported people, taking a light touch approach to procurement for social care contracts and a shift to implementing more flexible, outcomes based contracts.

Scottish Government have published the following procurement guides for Social Care:

C&P: Collaborative Commissioning

Information and practical examples of how planning, purchasing and providing social care can be done collaboratively with positive impacts for supported people.

Commissioning for the Public Good

The Independent Review of Adult Social Care 2021 recommended the following:

‘Commissioners should focus on establishing a system where a range of people, including people with lived experience, unpaid carers, local communities, providers and other professionals are routinely involved in the co-design and redesign, as well as the monitoring of services and supports. This system should form the basis of a collaborative, rights based and participative approach.’

In response to the recommendations, CCPS set up a Collaborative Commissioning Project of local authority commissioners and providers to develop practical guides for commissioning and procurement officers:

  • Resources: Collaborative Commissioning Guide

CCPS commissioned Wren & Greyhound to facilitate a series of online workshops between August and December 2021 with a group of 6 third sector support providers and 6 local authority commissioners. Together the group explored the ways in which providers and commissioners could work together to improve the way support is commissioned and procured.

These resources are the product of that group work and provide information and practical examples of how planning, purchasing and providing social care can be done collaboratively with positive impacts for supported people:

  1. Background, Definitions and Principles of collaborative commissioning.
  2. Possibilities: Examples of different approaches to commissioning.
  3. Practices: The practices that make collaborative commissioning work.
  4. Reading and resources
  5. Collaborative and ethical commissioning checklist

 

 

C&P: Outcomes Based Contracts

The Independent Review of Adult Social Care recommended that commissioning and procurement of social care needs to move away from contracting through price based competitive tenders to commissioning for outcomes.

Social care contracts will need to change to become focussed on outcomes for individuals and not ‘time and task’

The Independent Review of Adult Social Care recommended that commissioning and procurement of social care needs to move away from contracting through price based competitive tenders to commissioning for outcomes.

Social care contracts will need to change to become focussed on outcomes for individuals and not ‘time and task’. Contracts for social care will be more individualised and bespoke to enable support to meet the person’s outcomes and needs. Ethical procurement of social care will be based on more collaborative approaches to contracting and involve families and supported people and providers in the process.