Collaborative and ethical approaches to commissioning

Published in News on 5 Jul 2021

The Independent Review of Adult Social Care 2021 made recommendations for significant and transformational changes to the way that social care is designed, planned and funded in Scotland. The review calls for a radical shift of power to enable rights of supported people to live good lives and have support which meets their outcomes.

Many of the barriers to better practice and maintaining wellbeing and resilience in social work and social care relate to the wider system - the context in which people provide and receive support. This includes anything from organisational or inter-organisational culture, and approaches to assessment issues such as commissioning and procurement. 

COVID-19 has shown us that the system is able to change and adapt in ways that we did not think possible. This has given us good indications of ways forward to create an environment where quality social work and social care can flourish.

Be part of a process to identify the support required to develop new models around ethical and collaborative commissioning. It will inform and guide future resources, and identify areas where there is a realistic prospect of change.

What the process will involve

Three sessions will be held to explore experiences of ethical and collaborative commissioning. We will then focus on finding where we can make change, or have influence on, the commissioning system. When we say 'system' we simply mean the set of relationships, processes and things that work together to make something happen.

Wednesday 11 August (2-4pm) 
Wednesday 25 August (2-4pm)
Wednesday 15 September (2-4pm)

Please note that these sessions are now fully subscribed and we're no longer taking expressions of interest. 

Contact Josie Vallely ( if you have any questions or queries.

This work is part of a wider project, Commissioning for People and Purpose, to drive forward change in the way social care is planned, purchased, organised and designed.