New course on ethical commissioning

Published in News on 9 May 2022

We are excited to announce the launch of a new online course: Ethical commissioning in social care. If you are a commissioner, involved in procurement, Integrated Joint Boards, or social work and social care service management, then this course is for you.


Commissioning and procurement teams are being asked by the Scottish Government to start the transition towards a National Care Service. This means working in a way that is grounded by ethical commissioning principles (SPPN 7/2021).
The current system is unsustainable for everyone - supported people, support providers, and commissioners. Recommendations from the Independent Review focus on system and culture change, grounded in an approach to commissioning and procurement for public good. This means a renewed focus on collaboration and participation between all stakeholders at the heart of how social support is planned, purchased, created and provided. 

The course

The course provides staff with tools and resources to help apply ethical principles to the planning and purchase of adult social care and support services. lf you are looking to build your knowledge base on commissioning and procurement, the course unpacks background policy, definitions, and contains a range of practical exercises and resources to get you started. Learning activities have been designed to help you collaborate with colleagues in other teams or organisations, and identify the strengths and resources you may already have and can build on.

You can work through the course at your own pace and in your own time. Register to get started.

If you would like to work through it with a small group for motivation and group discussion, you could join one of our cohorts of learners.

Join our first cohort of learners

Why not join our first supported cohort who will be working through the course together?  

Our introductory session (now fully booked) will take place on Thursday 16 June at 12.15-1pm. Join the waitlist.

This will be followed by two facilitated meet-ups: 30 June and 14 July. A closing session will be held on 27 July.