Strategic commissioning of adult services

The Public Bodies (Joint Working) (Scotland) Act 2014 places a duty on integration authorities to prepare a joint strategic commissioning plan for adult health and social care services.

Joint strategic commissioning is defined by the National Steering Group on Joint Strategic Commissioning as: ‘the term used for all the activities involved in assessing and forecasting needs, linking investment to agreed desired outcomes, considering options, planning the nature, range and quality of future services and working in partnership to put these in place.’

Partnerships have already been required to produce joint strategic commissioning plans for older people’s services, as part of the Reshaping Care for Older People (RCOP) initiative. This new requirement broadens the scope of these plans to encompass all services for adults.

CCPS sits on the National Steering Group for Joint Strategic Commissioning and on the Joint Improvement Team (JIT) partnership board, where we contribute to a support programme for local partnerships to develop joint strategic commissioning best practice.  For more information about the JIT work on joint strategic commissioning please follow this link.