Individual purchasing of care and support is done by self funders and people with a personal budget who have chosen to take this as an Individual Service Fund or a direct payment. The role of the local authority is to ensure that the needs of people who use services are matched by the supply of services.
Market shaping to support individual purchasing of care – a paper to help you think through what market shaping means in terms of people with personal budgets, direct payments, and self funders who buy their own care and support.
Understanding the self-funding market in social care: a toolkit for commissioners. This is the second edition of IPC’s self-funder toolkit that helps local authorities understand their self-funder population in adult social care and to comply with the Care Act 2014