What is it?
The Short Breaks Market Shaping Think Tank is a time-limited action learning project developed in partnership between Shared Care Scotland, iHUb, Scottish Government and Wren and Greyhound Limited. The Think Tank will bring together a number of short breaks commissioners to explore and develop strategies for shaping markets of short break provision.
What is it for?
We want commissioners involved in the Think Tank to learn about (and help us to learn about) the realities of creating Market Shaping Strategies; develop strategies of their own; and to work together to produce a blueprint that can be shared with others involved in shaping sustainable markets in social care.
The Carers Act and the Self-Directed Support Act require Local Authorities to promote variety of support and support providers. However, Self-Directed Support has not yet created the markets it was expected to, and Health and Social Care systems are not fully adapting to personalisation. Signs are also emerging of market failure, with increasing numbers of service providers withdrawing from, or not entering into, social care contracts.
Market Shaping Strategies can fill the gap between Strategic Commissioning Plans and Short Break Services Statements. They can help:
- CARERS to know if other people share their needs/outcomes locally
- COMMUNITIES to understand why services are (or are not) available to them.
- PROVIDERS to anticipate demand, develop services to fill gaps and prepare for market changes, decommissioning or sustainability.
- CARERS CENTRES and others who carry out carer assessments
- PRACTITIONERS to promote choice and provide personalised support
- COMMISSIONERS to understand and meet local needs, provide information and support to others – and support market variety.
People and organisations across the social care sector are increasingly recognising that current systems are not working. But they need the confidence, resources and models to do things differently. This programme aims to contribute by supporting Health and Social Care Partnerships to bridge the ‘intention and implementation’ gap that exists between Strategic Commissioning Plans and Short Break Service Statements. Generating learning and resources will inform commissioning in Short Breaks which is likely to be transferable to other settings.
Why a Short Breaks Sustainability Think Tank?
We believe commissioners are responsible for promoting market variety and sustainability. They have a facilitative role to play, but also need sound knowledge of creative, collaborative and legally compliant approaches to commissioning. Strategic planning can lead to better use of resources. But more time needs to be spent at the ‘analysis’ stage of the Strategic Commissioning Cycle and the intelligence-gathering stage of the market shaping process. Joining a dedicated Think Tank will give participants protected time to explore these roles and approaches among supportive peers, with opportunities to apply their learning in practice.
What will be involved?
We want to recruit up to 10 people to contribute to the Think Tank, representing a diverse range of short break commissioners from across the country. We are keen to attract people who are open to discussing the future of their approach to commissioning and who can influence this future within their organisations and partnerships.
The Think Tank will convene on seven separate dates between May 2019 and February 2020. Each meeting will last from 10.30am until 4pm and will take place in a central location. There will be some work to do between meetings. In particular, members of the Think Tank will be expected to create a Market Shaping Strategy for their local area during the process.
We will also hold a pre-programme planning meeting in Stirling on 9th April 2019, an informal opportunity to tell participants more about the Think Tank and involve other stakeholders in its design. Similarly, a stakeholder engagement event midway through the programme will help to shape the learning and products that emerge from the process. Think Tank members working in areas where iHub is developing test sites will be able to draw on additional support to develop their strategies.
Examples of previous work
And in return for all this work and commitment?
Participants will benefit from developing a Short Breaks Market Shaping Strategy and will be credited as the authors of the resources that come out of the process. Previous Think Tank participants report that the knowledge and kudos that come with participation help to embed learning and accelerate development within their organisations and partnerships.
If you would like to register your interest in taking part in this Think Tank, please contact Don Williamson: firstname.lastname@example.org, Tel: 01383 622462