Care home and domiciliary care providers must work closely with their local authority and health service commissioning teams and understand their underpinning policies and strategies, which they develop to meet the health and care needs of their respective communities and their “market shaping” responsibilities.

Responding to tenders, which if successful will certainly enhance the business, can be difficult and time-consuming, particularly for smaller providers.

This topic serves as an introduction to commissioning, tendering and contracting procedures. It should help care providers and managers to respond to the commissioning opportunities presented to them and to seek new opportunities to develop their businesses.

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