Developing a Market Position Statement: A Commissioner's Toolkit

Keywords

  • adults
  • children and young people
  • market shaping
  • Wales

Date: March 2014

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IPC was asked by the Social Services Improvement Agency (‘SSIA’) to produce guidance for commissioners of adult and children’s social care in Wales on how to develop a market position statement.


There is no statutory requirement for market position statements in Wales but developing an accurate picture of need and markets is a key activity for effective commissioning.  The toolkit developed by IPC offers support for commissioners in developing market position statements for the social care market. 

The toolkit was developed following a series of workshops on market facilitation and a consultation workshop attended by commissioners from across Wales in spring 2013.

It contains the following:

  • A summary of key national policy and guidance.
  • An evaluation of the key ideas informing market facilitation.
  • An overview of what should be included in a market position statement.
  • Frequently asked questions.
  • Example market position statements for both adults and children’s social care.