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Context services in Warwickshire

  • “We need to see every local authority moving from provider to commissioner so that the system acquires a local dynamism responsive to the needs of their communities and open to change and new forms of school provision”

    Tony Blair 24.10.05

Contracting... services in Warwickshire

  • Focuses on the arrangements that are put in place to deliver services for individuals and/or groups.

Procurement services in Warwickshire

  • Is about obtaining maximum value for money in contracting for the goods and services that enable the organisation to deliver its business objectives


  • Is about enhancing the competitiveness of the supply base

Commissioning is
Commissioning is…. services in Warwickshire

  • “… the process of specifying, securing and monitoring services to meet people’s needs at a strategic level. This applies to all services, whether they are provided by the local authority, NHS, other public agencies or by the private or voluntary sectors.”

  • (Making Ends Meet, October 2003)

Current approaches within warwickshire
Current Approaches within Warwickshire services in Warwickshire

Predominantly single agency with some exceptions.

YOT DAT IDS CAMHS Teenage Pregnancy

NHS services in Warwickshire

  • PCT’s as commissioners

  • Collaborative commissioning between PCT’s

  • Lead commissioning

  • Specialist commissioning on a regional basis

  • Consortium commissioning

  • Practice based commissioning

Collaborative commissioning
Collaborative commissioning services in Warwickshire

  • West Midlands Child Care consortium

  • Children’s Fund

Joint commissioning tools
Joint Commissioning Tools services in Warwickshire

  • Pooled budgets

  • Joint Protocols

The commissioning process

Analyse services in Warwickshire



Gap analysis, Design,



Market Analysis


Population Needs

Purchasing / Contracting


Contract / SLA

Providers Resources

User needs



& Review



Monitor& Review Strategy


& Market




The Commissioning Process



What needs to be done 1 every child matters
What needs to be done 1- services in WarwickshireEvery Child Matters

  • Moving towards fully integrated budgets across the local sector over a 3 year period

  • Aligning resource re-engineering to the local organisational change plan [CYPP]

  • Creating a strategic and resourced priority in respect of preventative services

  • Mainstreaming of ring fenced grants over a 3 year period

What needs to be done 2 every child matters
What needs to be done 2- services in WarwickshireEvery Child Matters

  • Align resources with the local area agreement frameworks Review current services across the sector against priorities and re-commission and de-commission

  • Integrate capital resources [in particular land,buildings and IT]

  • Embed the community strategy as the core framework for delivering children’s services priorities

What needs to be done 3 every child matters
What needs to be done 3 Every Child Matters services in Warwickshire

  • Create a 10 year planning timeline

  • Streamline planning processes and clarify accountabilities

  • Construct a commissioning strategy, based on assessed need, priorities and gaps in current provision,and which meets national requirements and local expectations

  • Establish commissioning as a core activity with the children’s partnership

Levels of integration
Levels of integration services in Warwickshire

  • May be different for each service and each aspect of commissioning