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Insights from inaugural Alumni workshop

2022 began with our inaugural workshop launching IPC’s new Alumni network. This was the first in a series planned for this year. Hundreds of social care and health commissioners have successfully achieved IPC’s postgraduate certificate in Commissioning and Purchasing.

The workshop explored, ‘Setting a Fair Price for Social Care Services’. Commissioners from local authorities and representatives from provider organisations attended. The workshop helped commissioners understand how market prices are reached and examined the setting of fair and sustainable price, taking account of commissioner and provider budgetary pressures.

The workshop was led by Dr Mick Mellors, Visiting IPC Research Fellow. He was supported by Simon Harniess, Director of Development at Essex Care Association, who offered expert insights from a provider perspective.

Dr Mick Mellors, commented,

The issue of a fair price for care is high on the agenda, with recent Government proposals including measures to develop a sustainable market. There is expectation that local authorities will carry out a cost of care exercise, engage with providers to understand costs, and enhance market oversight capacity. With budgetary pressures on both commissioners and providers, negotiating prices remains a key process within the system”.

A selection of insights from the day

  • The setting of prices underpins the overall relationship between commissioners and providers and sets the context for all commissioning activities
  • There is a need for a better understanding of markets and how they operate
  • It is imperative to hear and discuss provider’s perspective's

IPC have 30 years of expertise and aim to provide expert support to Alumni during this challenging period for commissioners and providers.

Next Alumni workshop

Our next Alumni network event is on 5th April 2022 and will be led by Chris Watson on ‘Personalising Commissioning – an Overview of Individual Service Funds’. See our website to download this publication. Invitations will be sent shortly.

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