CCPS Conference November 2014 – Providers as Partners

This page provides some information about the 2014 CCPS conference, including links to presentations and videos.

Over 200 delegates and contributors gathered in Dunblane in November 2014 for the biennial CCPS conference on the theme of Providers as partners: Redefining Relationships for an integrated world.

CCPS convenor Martin Cawley (Chief Executive at Turning Point Scotland), opened the first day with reflections on the present challenges for voluntary sector providers of social care, providers’ strengths, weaknesses and values, and what leadership looks like.  Please follow this link to his powerpoint presentation.

Dr. Henry Kippin (Executive Director at Collaborate), unveiled a CCPS commissioned report: From Providers to Partners: What will it take? looking at the relationships between providers and commissioning authorities and what it would take to shift towards real collaboration and partnership. The report makes a number of suggestions, including practical joint work between commissioners and providers to develop alternatives to competitive tendering.

Dr. Kippin’s presentation was followed by some lively debate featuring input from Dr Sally Witcher OBE (Inclusion Scotland), Harry Stevenson (Social Work Scotland), Yvonne Strachan (Scottish Government) and Angela Leitch (East Lothian Council).
In the afternoon, delegates attended workshops delving into topics including joint strategic commissioning, public social partnerships, self-directed support, alternative funding models, workforce engagement and local third sector impact.

This was followed by a series of short videos sparking debate on the relationships between providers and commissioners and the impact of their work on service users. You can view the videos at the following links:


Day 2 opened with a fascinating interpretation by journalist Ian Macwhirter of recent political events, including the outcome of the referendum and the report from the Smith Commission (announced the very morning), and the impact on public service reform. A panel chaired by Martyn Evans (Carnegie UK Trust) and including Robert Crawford CBE (Economic Development Association Scotland), Elaine Rosie (Blackwood Group), Angela Morgan (Includem), provided their views about the impact of the referendum and the evolving political environment on their work and the future of public services in Scotland.

The conference closed with the ever popular ‘Great Debates’ (including songs composed and performed by Nigel Henderson from Penumbra and Ron Culley from COSLA about the pros and cons of care charging (video for sale on request… – just kidding) and inspirational and thoughtful closing remarks from Andrew van Doorn (HACT) and CCPS vice-convenor Lorraine McGrath (Glasgow Simon Community).