Creative commissioning

Posted on September 1st, by editor in Caring Times. No Comments

Responding to a recent report on commissioning released by the Commission for Social Care Inspection (CSCI), the English Community Care Association (ECCA) said the statutory sector faced some enormous challenges, with the main one being the lack of capacity and skill in how to commission services properly. The report _Relentless Optimism: Creative Commissioning for Personalised Care_ was based on a policy seminar which aimed to challenge the thinking of commissioners, providers and regulators and to consider the barriers to commissioning more personalised services. ECCA chief executive Martin Green, who attended the seminar, said the report highlighted that commissioning needed to be holistic and strategic. “Commissioning is distinct from contracting and purchasing and we need to ensure that commissioners are skilled to take the challenges and embrace the bigger picture,” said Mr Green. “We must guard against the tendency of statutory bodies to see every issue as being someone else’s problem, this rep

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