Top Tips: Commissioning for Market Diversity

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This guide will help council commissioners focus on the work they need to do in developing a care and support market that reflects the diversity of their local population and offers choice to all.

Top Tips offers examples and links to further information and a short series of questions that will help councils assess their progress in meeting market shaping duties and developing a diverse local market, as defined in the Care Act 2014.

It supports the commissioning standards set out in Commissioning for Better Outcomes: A Route Map, jointly published in prototype form by the University of Birmingham, ADASS, the LGA, DH and Think Local Act Personal in 2014.

It is also part of a suite of resources commissioned by the Department of Health in partnership with the Local Government Association and the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services to support local government in implementing the Care Act 2014.

TLAP developed this report with Helen Allen from Community Catalysts and independent consultants Louise Close and Andrew Tyson. A steering group oversaw the work, including representatives from the Department of Health, Care Quality Commission, National Institute for Health and Care Excellence, Care Providers Alliance and the Surrey Care Association.