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A new market shaping toolkit that has been developed with small care and support providers in mind

Help is at hand for both local authorities and smaller and medium sized care providers to engage in market shaping to meet local needs, via a new resource that has been produced to support the implementation of the Care Act 2014.

The Institute of Public Care (IPC) at Oxford Brookes University has produced an online market shaping toolkit packed with resources that will support innovation and collaboration in this area. This toolkit was produced in collaboration with a number of partners, including Community Catalysts, the folks behind Small Good Stuff.

The Market Shaping Toolkit supports both smaller care providers and local authorities to engage in market shaping and develop innovative practice to meet local needs together, and was commissioned by the Department of Health, the Local Government Association (LGA) and the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS).

This toolkit has been designed to highlight good practice around the country in the way that local authorities and smaller care and support providers collaborate and provide innovative services. It offers a series of checklists and materials to encourage good quality market shaping activities.

For local authorities, the toolkit will give some new ideas and suggestions about who to engage with, why and how, in local care markets.

For providers, the toolkit offers a stimulus and encouragement to ask local authorities ‘Why are we not doing this?’

Please click here to find out more and to download this toolkit.

Posted on 9th July 2015 in Community Catalysts, Community enterprise, Resources