Commissioning during COVID-19 and beyond

Published: 18 June 2020
Last reviewed: 8 January 2021

This guide focuses on what we can learn from commissioning during the COVID-19 crisis. It discusses how commissioners can work in true partnership with citizens, providers and the community to resolve issues faced in social care and make positive outcomes a reality.

What is commissioning?

Good commissioning overview

Defines effective commissioning as well as its purpose, vision and values.

Understanding needs

Understanding needs

Using co-production and strategic approaches to understand needs and inform good commissioning.

Market shaping

Market shaping

Analysing supply and demand to understand what is needed and then develop solutions.

Where next for commissioning?

Next steps for commissioning?

A brief narrative about how commissioning can go forward beyond COVID-19, along with some helpful resources.

Support from SCIE

SCIE's COVID-19 hub contains more relevant information including safeguarding, Mental Capacity Act and infection control. It can be used when working and supporting people who are isolated or vulnerable through COVID-19, and can also be shared with community groups.