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We are developing a new National Procurement Strategy for Social Care services and a range of tools for use by local authorities. These will reflect the intent of the Care Act 2014, the Children and Families Act 2014 and Commissioning for Better Outcomes. The Strategy and tools will give procurement officers and commissioners ways to develop integrated commissioning and to develop provider markets in their area.

These products were developed by Finding Common Purpose, which was a Department of Health funded project delivered through the Winterbourne View Joint Improvement Programme. We have undertaken extensive engagement on each of the resources below with procurement, services, providers, commissioners, legal services and Monitor.

Procurement tools

National Social Care Category Strategy

We are now pleased to launch our social care category strategy. The focus of the strategy is to establish guidance in key areas and act as a conduit for sharing best practice.

The National Social Care Category Strategy for local government (PDF)

Knowledge Hub Group

A dedicated group on the Knowledge Hub site to share ideas, tools and guidance and a forum enabling social care procurement professionals to seek advice from peers and discuss issues and challenges. 

Model Standing orders for Social Care

To reflect the complexities and unique nature of social care procurement these model standing orders were drafted by Anthony Collins Solicitors on behalf of the LGA. The documents reflect best practice in social care procurement and are intended as a baseline template for independent standing orders for both adult and children's services.

Councils are encouraged to adapt these documents to reflect local circumstances.

Provider protocol

As identified in the National Social Care Category Strategy building strong relationships with social care providers is an important facet of good social care procurement, not least because it is a crucial factor in fostering innovation. The LGA has developed a Provider Protocol setting out good practice in commissioning relationships with providers to provide assurance to both parties.

Myths about procurement

A resource to share with stakeholders which is designed to promote a better understanding of the powers and restrictions of procurement.

Please send comments, or for more information, please contact joanne.straw@local.gov.uk

Easyread tools:

Easy read versions of some of the stakeholder resources.

For more information or to provide comment on any of the above resources, please contact joanne.straw@local.gov.uk

14 July 2016