Commissioning Roundtable
3rd March 2015, Plymouth – 6-8pm

ARC are holding a series of Policy Roundtables to look at the future of commissioning in light of the Care Act 2014.

Three of the roundtables have already taken place in Coventry, Nottingham and York and these proved a great opportunity for our members to make sure their views (and those of the people with Learning Disabilities they support) were authoritatively represented to local authorities in a fair and honest way. It has proved to be good to work in seeking to influence change and progress the desired outcomes that all sectors share.

We know our members are really concerned that the split between purchaser and provider in current contracting practice prevents any creative relationship between providers and local authorities. The Care Act 2014 demands that local authorities should take responsibility for market shaping in their local area and the guidance states that local authorities must take into account a range of support including from independent private providers, mutual and small businesses, third sector and voluntary and community based organisations, as well as user-led organisations.

Our roundtables work across local authority boundaries, with providers who work in diverse areas, so that the conversation can be free and open and include portfolio holders for adult social care and senior commissioners as well as chief executives of ARC member organisation.

The roundtable will:

  1. Explain issues of commissioning and market shaping in the Care Act 2014.
  2. Explore with participants the benefits, risks and challenges of the proposals.
  3. Consider ways in which commissioners and providers can work together to ensure people with learning disabilities are able to experience choice, quality and person centred support.

The next Roundtable event is being on 3rd March – Plymouth County Council, Windsor House, Tavistock Road, Plymouth PL6 5UF

Places are strictly limited so if you are interested in attending this event, please email Vicky.Shirley@arcuk.org.uk as soon as possible to reserve your place.