Commissioning is the process by which health and care services are planned, purchased and monitored. Understanding how these processes work for your services empowers you and develops business leadership and development skills in health and care.
‘The life you want to lead’ is the new strategy that sets out five priorities to guide the future development of West Sussex County Council’s adult social care services up to 2025.
This guide gives an overview of the foundations for how good commissioning should work and looks at what we can learn from commissioning approaches during the COVID-19 crisis. It discusses how commissioners can work in true partnership with citizens, providers and the community to resolve issues faced in social care and make positive outcomes a reality. For more detail about the impacts of COVID-19 and commissioning for the future, please see the other guides in this series.
Career pathways and journeys into commissioning
This guide has been created to enable people to aspire to and know how to become a
commissioner for wellbeing. It contains information useful for anyone considering a career
in commissioning, as well as people who already work as a commissioner and would like to
further develop their career.
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This course is validated by the University of Brighton and the University of Sussex. Applications for 2023/24 entry are now open.
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This innovative course offers clinicians and managers the opportunity to look in depth at healthcare leadership, policy and practice, combining academic research with an up-to-the minute take on current policy, structured practical projects and work-based investigations.
Updated: May 2022
This is one in a series of commissioning guides focusing on impacts and responses during the pandemic. This guide focuses on the immediate future of commissioning in light of COVID-19. As such, it does not try to address all thinking about commissioning which will be inextricably linked to the future of social care.
Commissioning is the process by which health and care services are planned, purchased and monitored. Here we look at the commissioning process in more detail, the organisations involved and how it is changing.
Commissioning comprises a range of activities, including:
Commissioning cycles for social care can vary across different local authorities. The social care needs of a local authority can change continuously so it is vital procedures are in place to accommodate that so every individual gets the care they need when they need it.
But, what are the best ways to do this?