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Supporting Care Commissioners and Procurers to Promote Social Value Models

Co-produced by the Wales Co-operative Centre and Cartrefi Cymru Co-operative, this report offers new guidance and recommendations for the commissioners of social care, who are exploring how they can promote social value models of delivery.

By Catherine Evans · 2 December 2020

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Published on 2 December 2020, the report is the outcome of work commissioned from the Wales Co-operative Centre by the Welsh Government in mid-2019. The intention is for the work to “influence commissioners and procurers to promote co-operatives and other social value models”.

It is the result of conversations, email exchanges and workshops with commissioners and others, enriched by joint working with colleagues from the Association of Directors of Social Services (ADSS), Welsh Local Government Association (WLGA) and Wales Council for Voluntary Action (WCVA).

One outcome of the collaborative exploration is a reframing of the original brief, away from a narrow focus on organisational types, towards a focus on outcomes and effective ways of working (models of delivery). This helped to resolve uncertainties arising from ill-defined phrases like “social value organisations” and opened up a way forward for commissioners to embrace the transformative aspirations of the Social Services and Well-being Act, while embracing the realities of current care markets and contract regulations. This will help take forward the rebalancing agenda of the social care market.

Julie Morgan, Deputy Minister for Health and Social Services, said:

“The impact of COVID-19 has reinforced the need to develop a stable and resilient social care sector which can deliver high-quality care and support services to people in their own homes and local communities. To ensure the future viability of the sector we need to develop a more sustainable balance of provision and create a more diverse provider base. Promoting social value models of delivery, and growing social enterprises, co-operatives, user-led services, and the third sector have a key role to play in this.  

“Last year we funded the Wales Co-operative Centre to explore what we mean by ‘social value’ and how we might influence commissioners and providers in developing social value models of delivery. This thought-provoking and very practical report is the result, and will I am sure be of immense value to those who are seeking to commission and deliver care and support in line with the principles of the Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act 2014.  

“I am also pleased that we have been able to fund a programme of work to promote the report’s findings and recommendations, beginning with a series of master classes.

 “I would encourage you to read the report, take the time to attend the learning events on offer, and become part of the ever-expanding social value community of practice across Wales.”

“I would encourage you to read the report, take the time to attend the learning events on offer, and become part of the ever-expanding social value community of practice across Wales.”

Julie Morgan, Deputy Minister for Health and Social Services

Supporting Care Commissioners and Procurers to Promote Social Value Models

A collaborative exploration of the transformational agenda set out in Section 16 of the Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act 2014

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