Commissioning, Procurement and Contracting

The National Occupational Standards (NOS) for Commissioning, Procurement and Contracting for Care Services were reviewed during 2013. They have a specific focus on commissioning activities within the context of social care, including joint activities with partners such as health service commissioners. The NOS have been developed and agreed for use across the UK.

NOS have numerous uses in the workplace or in the development of the workforce. These include defining roles at work; staff recruitment; supervision and appraisal; benchmarks for qualifications; identifying, developing or commissioning training; identifying Continuing Professional Development (CPD) needs; and staff planning.

There is a large number of NOS in this suite, so to help navigation they have been grouped into functional areas blow:

Prepare - Engagement with individuals and other stakeholders
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SCDCPC 309
moreSupport co-productive commissioning
SCDCPC 301
moreCreate and maintain effective working relationships in Commissioning, Procurement and Contracting
SCDCPC 401
moreDevelop effective working relationships
SCDCPC 407
moreFaciliate co-productive commissioning
SCDCPC 501
moreDevelop strategic partnerships and alliances for commissioning
Prepare - Governance and management
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SCDHSC 0452
moreLead practice that promotes the rights, responsibilities, equality and diversity of individuals
SCDCPC 302
moreContribute to the effective performance of your organisation
HSC 3121
morePromote the effectiveness of teams
SCDCPC 402
morePromote complicance with organisational responsibility
SCDCPC 426
moreManage performance in commissioning, procurement and contracting for your area of responsibility
SCDCPC 429
moreContribute to and influence policy and strategy development within and beyond your own organisation
HSC 0452
moreLead practice that promotes the rights, responsibilities, equality and diversity of individuals
SCDCPC 519
moreProvide leadership for commissioning
SCDCPC 520
moreLead risk management in commissioning, procurement and contracting
SCDCPC 508
moreEngage with the decision making process of your organisation
SCDCPC 425
moreManage the quality of commissioning, procurement and contracting for your area of responsibility
SFHGEN35
moreProvide supervision to other individuals

This standard is about providing supervision to individuals. The individuals whom you are supporting may be within your own organisation or in other organisations, and may work at the same level as yourself. This standard is not about line management or supervision which is covered separately in relevant Management and Leadership standards.

Users of this standard will need to ensure that practice reflects up to date information and policies.

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Prepare - Project management
ReferenceStandard
CFAM&LFA4
moreManage programmes
CFAM&LFA5
more Manage projects
Prepare - Knowledge and skills training
ReferenceStandard
SCDHSC 0043
more Take responsibility for the continuing professional development of yourself and others
SCDHSC 0033
more Develop your practice through reflection and learning
SCDCPC 427
moreExchange knowledge and good practice to support the achivement of outcomes
SCDCPC 505
morePlan the workforce to achieve outcomes
SCDCPC 518
moreDevelop teams to manage commissioning
SCDCPC 512
moreEvaluate the effectiveness of commissioning policy and strategy on improving outcomes for individuals, key people and communities
Analyse - Establish outcomes and priorities
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SCDCPC303
moreResearch and manage information to support commissioning decisions
SCDCPC 315
moreContribute to establishing commissioning priorities and balancing demands on resources
SCDCPC 408
moreConduct a population needs analysis
SCDCPC 503
moreConduct a strategic review of the commissioning environment for your area of responsibility
Analyse - Develop options
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SCDCPC 317
moreContribute to the development of flexible and innovative ways of working to achieve outcomes
SCDCPC 430
moreSupport innovation and implement new ways of working to achieve outcomes
SCDCPC 409
moreDevelop an options appraisal for commissioning priorities
SCDCPC 511
moreLead innovation and new ways of working to achieve outcomes
Plan - Strategy and policy
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SCDCPC 304
moreFacilitate the resolution of issues or conflicts in commissioning, procurement and contracting
SCDCPC 414
moreInitiate and implement change to improve commissioning, procurement and contracting activities
SCDCPC 506
moreNegotiate for financial resources to support plans in your area of responsibility
SCDCPC 515
moreLead and manage change in commissioning activities
SFJPSG2.4.3
moreSteer the design of policies

This unit is about steering and coordinating the design of a range of policies which take account of the legal environment, EU considerations and guidance upon policy/regulatory appraisal. It includes inspiring and motivating others to develop policy and evaluating the options developed. This unit should be used in conjunction with your organisation's own leadership behaviours.

This standard reflects best practice within the PSG policy framework in relation to policy design.

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Plan - Work in partnership
ReferenceStandard
SCDCPC 412
moreCollaborate with partners to jointly commission services
SCDCPC 509
moreEnable your organisation to align or pool budgets with commissioning partners
SCDCPC 510
moreDevelop a joint strategic commissioning plan
Secure services - Develop the market
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SCDCPC 416
moreDevelop a market position statement for your area of responsibilty
SCDCPC 417
moreEngage with the market to deliver your organisations priorities and outcomes
Secure services - Service procurement and contracting
ReferenceStandard
SCDCPC 307
more Contribute to planning contract implementation
SCDCPC 316
moreSupport individuals to secure services in order to achieve outcomes
SCDCPC 415
moreSpecify sustainable services to achieve outcomes
SCDCPC 419
moreProcure goods and services to maintain provision
SCDCPC 420
moreDecommission services to promote priority outcomes
SCDCPC 422
moreManage the tendering process to achieve priority outcomes
SCDCPC 423
moreUse a range of tools, techniques and approaches to secure services
Review - Manage and monitor contracts
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SCDCPC 305
moreWork with providers to monitor and review performance against outcomes
SCDCPC 306
moreTake action to promote contract compliance final
SCDCPC 421
moreManage contracts to achieve outcomes
SCDCPC 424
moreImprove contract performance
Review - Review and evaluate commissioning activity
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SCDCPC 431
more Review the social, economic and environmental sustainability of commissioning activity for your area of work
SCDCPC 512
moreEvaluate the effectiveness of commissioning policy and strategy on improving outcomes for individuals, key people and communities