Commissioning  and procurement need to work better for everyone-  commissioners, providers  and supported people. Self-directed support means that the supported person becomes the purchaser leading to a change in the commissioning task from planning support purchasing at a population level to facilitating choice for individuals.

  • Our current approach to commissioning is population level and our current model of procurement is based on a ‘one purchaser many provider’ model. We need new models to help prepare for self-directed support .
  • Commissioning relationships are often adversarial. Contract- led relationships between providers and commissioners have created a low trust environment that stifles innovation and discourages true co-production and innovative practice.
  • Local data and information is often incomplete and it is difficult to forecast need, preference and demand.
  • Restrictive interpretations of procurement legislation and regulations can limit choice for supported people.

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