We help you use astute commissioning to transform public services, make savings and improve outcomes.
We are working with councils across the country to build their knowledge and skills around outcomes-focused commissioning. By working more closely with partners to commission services, councils can increase the gain for their local communities. Smarter commissioning can also unlock the capacity of users and communities to develop sustainable, local markets.
In our role supporting public service mutuals, we work closely with commissioners and with providers preparing to spin-out and to grow sustainably. With a track record of skills development in local government, health and social care, and offender management, we also run leadership programmes for commissioners and training for elected members to develop their skills in this area.
We help you improve your commissioning by following some key principles, including:
- Making good decisions: Analysing needs and investigating options for change and innovation are important, but only if they lead to better decisions. We help you get the governance right and to clarify the position of in-house providers.
- Getting the providers you want: Commissioning organisations recognise the value of more diverse provider markets and many are using the Public Services (Social Value) Act to get the mix of outcomes they seek locally. Being honest about budgets and service needs can often lead to new capacities and provider options.
- Joining up services: Commissioning rarely involves an isolated service and so should be done with partners as part of a local system, to enable integration of services and smoother implementation.