Developing 16 Commissioning Intentions in Lancashire County Council

By Lucie Stevens, New Economics FoundationVisioning Day

In September 2009 the Adult Social Care Team in Lancashire set out to combine local intelligence with a number of national strategies to develop a coherent and consistent approach to commissioning that would support them to deliver the radical solutions required to make the fundamental shift in services towards prevention and early intervention. The elements in place at the start of this activity, acting as direct and indirect drivers, included a change in political control within the council, an internal restructure with a specific focus on community, a financial imperative and a number of historic block contracts that needed to be addressed.