What does commissioning mean?
Procurement is the acquisition of goods, services or works from an outside external source. “Procurement” can be seen as describing the activities and processes undertaken to acquire goods and services. It may involve establishing fundamental requirements, and sourcing activities such as market research and vendor evaluation and negotiation of contracts. It can also include the purchasing activities required to order and receive goods.
“Purchasing” refers to the process of ordering and receiving goods and services.
How does ‘Joint Commissioning’ work locally ?
Through these arrangements we currently commission mental health services for adults in the age range 18 – 64 and older adults – age 65 +
Why commission jointly?
The benefits of joint commissioning are that it helps agencies together to:
- Target services to give the greatest impact on outcomes
- Avoid duplication of services
- Ensure value for money & efficiency
- Develop co-ordinated services
- Share best practice
- Share expertise
- Share intelligence about needs
Integrated commissioning brings innovation, value for money and improved services that cut waste and duplication.
What is a pooled budget/section 75 Agreement?
This refers to Section 75 of the National Health Service Act 2006, which consolidated NHS legislation around partnership arrangements and allowed for pooled funds. In Birmingham it enables the budget for mental health and learning disabilities provision across the city, to be pooled by the Clinical Commissioning Groups and the City Council and is intended to help partners design and deliver services around the needs of citizens rather than worrying about the boundaries of their organisations.
How do we work out what people need?
In Birmingham we undertake Joint Strategic Needs Assessments so that we can identify what people need across the city. These bring together partners from across the NHS, local government and the voluntary sector to analyse current and future health needs of populations. They inform and guide commissioning of health, well-being and social care services within local authority areas, in order to improve the physical and mental health and well-being of individuals and communities.
Who are our stakeholders?
A key stakeholder group for us is service users and carers and we are working to ensure they are included in all the work we do. Other strategic stakeholders include Birmingham City Council and the NHS (through the three Clinical Commissioning Groups: Birmingham CrossCity, Birmingham South Central and Sandwell and West Birmingham CCGs) as well as mental health service providers and other health and social care service providers.