We know people who need care need high quality and consistent care and we also know that this doesn’t always happen. Often we don’t understand the complexity of care markets, the sustainability of the market or the multifaceted reasons why providers who deliver the care sometimes fail.  This leaves people needing care and support, sometimes suddenly, in a very vulnerable position.

ADASS and the Department of Health, are currently working with the IPC, LGiU and Cordis Bright on 3 inter related projects that will help Councils to better understand, work with and develop their approaches to managing the care market. The 3 projects are;

  • Market Shaping Toolkit (MaST) – engaging SME providers in LA market shaping.

The project will produce of a suite of resources,  including guidance, good practice examples, and self-assessment tools, aimed at small and medium sized care providers and local authorities.  It will help these smaller businesses to engage with their local authorities, contribute to and better understand their local MPS; helping smaller providers of care and support thrive and contribute to improving wellbeing

  • Assessing market sustainability – a toolkit for LAs.

The aim of this guidance is to support authorities to achieve an understanding of the sustainability of their market and providers within it in a proportionate way that minimises burdens for all concerned. This project will assist local authorities to develop a better understanding of local market conditions and the impact of their market management decisions, identify information relating to the providers in their area and a methodology to enable them to accurately assess the financial health of those providers.

  • Contingency Planning for Provider Failure- a toolkit for LAs.

The project will provide a toolkit to support local authorities to design contingency plans which can be quickly put into place in the event of the business failure of a (mostly smaller) care provider, dovetailing with the new Care Quality Commission financial oversight regime to work across local authorities, for mostly larger providers.


You will shortly be receiving a very short survey from the LGiU on the Contingency Planning for Provider Failure project. ADASS would very much appreciate you taking a couple of minutes to complete and return it.

The aim is to bring these 3 projects together in a launch event later in the year to give a comprehensive set of tools to assist LAs in working with the market and engaging them in planning for the future.

Bev Maybury,

Chair, ADASS Commissioning Policy Network