Development/Market shaping

The Care Act introduced new duties on local authorities to facilitate a vibrant, diverse and sustainable market for high quality care and support in their area, for the benefit of their whole local population, regardless of how the services are funded.

We can assist commissioners to develop services through:

Soft market testing: an informal, and generally confidential, conversation with sections of a perceived market. Invited participants are interviewed to gauge market interest in a proposed service, and to help shape it to ensure it would be deliverable once brought to market. Soft market testing is not part of a formal procurement process.

Commissioning for outcomes: meaning the long-term changes that services and other activities achieve. 

Co-production: to make services more effective and customer focussed, by working in partnership with the people using their services.

Social value: placing social, environmental and economic outcomes at the heart of commissioning.