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Commissioning and contracting

In addition to providing care and support directly, we also commission services from other providers.

Here you can find information about our commissioning priorities, guidance on the different types of contracting arrangements, our processes, fee tables and the terms and conditions applicable to each service, along with contact details for enquiries.


Commissioning involves identifying what services local people are likely to need in the future. We work partners, such as health, voluntary and community sectors, to support the development of markets to provide the services that will be needed.

Learning disability and older people market position statements

The increasing life expectancy of people living in the UK and the growing demand for high quality community based adult care support is leading us to rethink how services are provided. The learning disability and older people market position statements are attached to this page. They look at the context for planning services and set out our vision for the future provision.


Placements in care homes

Before a placement is made to a care home, we have to be assured that the provider has been registered by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) and that there are no outstanding quality or safeguarding concerns with the provider.

Providers are asked to sign standard terms and conditions for placements.

Individual placement agreements will then be signed for each individual placement identifying the individual concerned and identifying the price to be paid. This document will be presented alongside a care plan which will identify the individuals needs.

Day service provision

Day care can be provided in a number of different settings including care homes which will be registered by the CQC, or in a designated centre which may not be registered.

All providers of day care will be required to sign our standard terms and conditions for day care.

An individual placement agreement will then be made for each placement identifying the individual concerned and the price to be paid.

This document will be presented alongside a care plan which will identify the individual's needs.

Home care (domiciliary) placements

Home care providers also have to be registered with the CQC.

Individual placement agreements are signed identifying support arrangements for each individual, this will include times of calls, length of time and price.

Attached to this agreement will be a care plan identifying the individuals assessed needs.

New providers will only be placed on the approved provider list following a tender exercise.

The terms and conditions document is available on the terms and conditions page.

Supported living placements

Supported living is an alternative to residential care, providing support and accommodation to people who are assessed as eligible for adult care services. People with learning disabilities often request to live in supported living accommodation to maintain independence.

In a supported living service, the housing provider and support provider are separate, and the client has a tenancy or home ownership. Accommodation is homely, not institutional, with individuals contributing directly to daily tasks around their own home.

Support in these schemes can be commissioned from a few hours a week to up to 24 hours a day, depending on the assessed needs of the service user.

Block contract

A range of block contracts are in place for services where we need the confidence that the service will be available for an agreed price, at agreed times and available at an agreed level and quality. Block contracts are advertised on Source Derbyshire where you will find contracts for all council services. There will not always be adult care contracts to bid for.

Voluntary and community sector

A number of contracts and grant agreements are in place for the provision of community-based services.

New agreements will only be forthcoming following advertisement of adult care intentions, these would be shared with local representative groups for dissemination to ensure wide coverage and opportunity.