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Commissioning Intentions


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Here you will find information on how we commission and develop initiatives to support the residents of Essex, and how we procure services to meet their needs. Since the implementation of the Care Act ECC has focussed on the following:

  • Developing a clear care market strategy which sets out our 3-5 year plan on how we will work with you to develop and shape the market, not only now, but for the future.
  • The use of digital platforms or technology to enable our residents, providers and the market to obtain up to date information on support and services,  and more importantly, how  we  share information to develop and grow our services to meet the needs of our residents.
  • To develop initiatives or procure services that support existing market demand as well as developing the longer-term infrastructure to support a personalised, flexible approach to delivering services to our adults and residents.
  • To develop and commission with our partners, which includes Healthcare providers, District and Borough Councils, Voluntary Organisations, Community Organisations and third party agencies or professionals.


What is a Market Shaping Strategy?

Incorporated into this section is our Care Market Strategy which is intended to support the longer-term vision for our market over the next 3 to 5 years.  Its sets out the challenges we face, the council's priorities for adult social care and how it would like to see the care providers develop to help supports its wider vision for vulnerable adults in Essex.  The strategy makes clear our commissioning intentions for the future as well as setting out what actions we plan to take to shape the market.  

Essex's Market Position Statement is this website, which provides information on what we know about our existing market and capacity and demand information to which will allow you to investigate Essex on an interactive map. 

Key Messages for Providers:

  1. Demographic change will significantly increase demand for care and support, especially among frail elderly people and working age adults with learning disabilities over the coming years, but will not be matched by increases in public funding. Increasingly, therefore, there will be a growing emphasis on prevention and early intervention work.
  2. We will be working with providers to build stronger relationships and setting up better ways to engage with you and seek a higher level of collaboration.
  3. We will be looking for more cost effective ways of facilitating care and support and we are keen to work with providers who can offer innovative solutions, flexibility and value for money.
  4. We will increasingly be focusing our work on prevention, early intervention, recovery and enablement looking to develop service models and invest in areas such as independent living, supported living, technology and preventive services.
  5. We will be working with partners to ensure there are responsive and flexible models of support that prevent hospital admission and/or support timely and effective discharges.
  6. We want to move towards outcome-based commissioning and develop more person-centred models of support that are outcome focused.
  7. In the future we will act more as 'a shaper' of the care market where individuals purchase care and support themselves. We will be buying fewer services from providers directly and will be helping the 'market' to respond to the changing requirements of adults and carers as we continue to promote self-directed support and increase the numbers of people taking up personal budgets and direct payments.
  8. We want to restructure the existing market by focusing more on our framework suppliers and developing more localised provision based on more micro-provision of specialist services and making better use of existing community and voluntary groups and organisations that already support adults and carers.
  9. We will continue to invest in quality initiatives to improve the quality of the market in pursuit of an aspiration that 100% of care providers are rated good or outstanding.
  10. We need providers to help us to help them to tackle the shortage of care workers.
  11. We will resolve the payment of invoices issue.


What are our Commissioning Intentions?

We have included within this section our commissioning intentions for this financial year. We would like to provide you with relevant information on existing services that have been commissioned and the planned developments our planned developments for the services. All of the services we have commissioned are constantly being shaped, this could be due to the need to reproduce the service or refining locality issues or cultural issues that can shape and develop the service with both providers and Adults of Essex.  Our Commissioning Intentions will advise you of where we are with our different services.


What are Cross-Cutting Initiatives?

Our Cross-Cutting Initiatives touches on a wide range of policy, cultural, practical and service developments across Essex. A number of our cross cutting activity also works across health and other partners in Essex and factor/impact our commissioned services. Essex has a vast range of developments underway which includes Health integration, early intervention and prevention work, dementia care initiatives, carers respite and many more. We would like to share with you our developments through our cross cutting initiatives page. Please note to the vast and varied amount of work underway the information shared will most definitely grow over time.


What is included in Community?

We have included within this section the Director of Adult Social Care highlighting his vision for Adult Social Care services and information about quadrant based working.  This includes the Directors of Local Delivery (DLDs) letting you know about:

  • The challenges they face within their quadrant;
  • Developments required; and
  • An opportunity to get to know your DLD.


Last updated: 24 July 2019


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