Market Shaping Toolkit

What is the Market Shaping Toolkit?

The Market Shaping Toolkit supports both smaller care providers and local authorities to engage in market shaping, and to work together to develop innovative practice to meet local needs.

The Department of Health, Local Government Association and the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services commissioned us - working in collaboration with the Care Provider Alliance - to develop this toolkit to support implementation of the Care Act.

Highlighting good practice

This toolkit has been designed to highlight good practice around the country in the way that local authorities and smaller care and support providers collaborate and provide innovative services. It offers a series of checklists and materials to encourage good quality market shaping activities.

What does the toolkit do?

  • For local authorities the toolkit will give some new ideas and suggestions about who to engage with, why and how, in local care markets
  • For providers the toolkit offers a stimulus and encouragement to ask local authorities ‘Why are we not doing this?’

What's in the toolkit?

Open the Market Shaping toolkit.

The toolkit has five distinct sections and an annotated bibliography which provides you with quick and easy links to further useful information.

Some of the sections will be more useful to providers and some to local authorities and the toolkit is colour coded to help make this clear.

Each of the five tools takes the form of an interactive pdf within which you can save your notes.

Tool One a guide to care provider business
Tool Two what is a market position statement and why is it important to providers?
Tool Three fostering innovation in care and support
Tool Four good practice for engagement with SMEs
Tool Five a checklist for SME procurement
Market Shaping Toolkit Partner Organisations
The Department of Health, the Local Government Association and the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services commissioned IPC, working in collaboration with the Care Provider Alliance, UKHCA and Care England, to develop this toolkit to support implementation of the Care Act.