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February 2018

An alternative commissioning model for residential care, which is cheaper and better - see Article in the Municipal Journal 1st February 2018

Léonie Cowen and Andrew Rome set out one way of achieving more effective and efficient commissioning for children's residential care.

This highlights that:-

  • The current model of purchase fails children, local authorities and providers on every level. It does not even enable local authorities to contain the cost of placements.

  • Demand for residential places and their cost is increasing and there is a particular lack of appropriate places for specialist provision.

  • More effective commissioning and procurement by using an alternative model to the current (primarily) >spot= model (even where there is a framework or flexible purchasing system in place) should provide authorities and providers with a more cost effective, stable approach to purchasing care. This benefits, children, local authorities and providers.

  • Modern, flexible commissioning and procurement can provide a >win-win-win= approach supporting less adversarial, more stable relationships and better value for money.

  • The article shows how these models work.

For the full article see the M J (Municipal Journal) for 1st February at page 20.

Léonie or Andrew can be contacted for details on how we can assist you to implement more effective commissioning and procurement of social care.

November 2017

ADSS Cymru Autumn 2017 Seminar: November 2017, Léonie was a platform speaker, talking on the Steps Required for Improving Outcomes for Individuals and Carers in need of Care and Support and she led a workshop on Innovative Governance Models for Commissioning or Delivery, the Controlled Company Model. 

National Commissioning Board for Wales: November 2017, Léonie led a very successful two day Workshop on the A - Z of Delivering a Commissioning and Procurement Process for Social Care (Focussing on Home Care and Supporting People). This followed the equally successful one day Workshop on the New Procurement Regime and its Implications for Social Care Commissioning and Procurement in March 2017.

October 2017

Gwynedd Council: October 2017, we were appointed to assist the Council in delivering a controlled (Teckal) company for its leisure centres, a first such model for leisure services in Wales. We provided the legal input into the report which recommended this option.

July 2017

Léonie jointly delivered the final Keynote Session with iMPOWER on the future of commissioning children’s services and also delivered a workshop on anti-competitive practices, confidentiality and an update of legal issues at the National Commissioning and Contracting Training Conference for Children’s Services.

Please also see our Social Care and Social Enterprise and Training Track Records

March 2017

Pan-Wales training and support on the Public Procurement Regime for Social Care Commissioning and Procurement for the WLGA/National Commissioning Board.

Please also see our Social Care and Social Enterprise and Training Track Records

December 2016

We completed a full contract refresh together with an extension the contract period and new leases for Rushcliffe Borough Council as part of the Council’s ambitious £15 million Council Civic complex redevelopment with enhanced sports provision.

Please also see our Culture and Leisure Procurement Track Record

July 2015

Completed an open market procurement of the Council’s leisure centres for Powys County Council in conjunction with V4 which delivered significant capital investment of about £2.5 million and a 32% greater reduction in funding over 15 years than the original target.

Please also see our Culture and Leisure Procurement Track Record

October 2014

The Public Procurement Regulations 2015 will be a threat to Part B services, social enterprises and mutuals, please see our brief explanation of the new rules.

Contact details

Léonie Cowen & Associates
30 Kingswood Avenue
Queens Park
London NW6 6LR

t: 020 7604 5870


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