Manchester City Council have published their first Market Position Statement concerning Adult Social Care.
The Market Position Statement forms the basis for future commissioning. It begins with a short statement of strategy with an emphasis on prevention, personalisation, partnerships and return on investment all in the context of diminishing resources. The main bulk of the document, however, goes through supply and demand in every area of service provision and contains many interesting statistics.
- A Manchester resident is 9% more likely to die in hospital that the national average.
- 7,647 people use the Community Alarm System
- 43% of carers reported an overall satisfaction with social services
- Domestic abuse now accounts for over a quarter of homelessness acceptances in Manchester, rising by 7.5% in the past 12 months.
Each area of service also has some information about future commissioning activity in that area.
The final section is about "Suggestions for future service delivery models" such as co-production, ecommerce site for personalised services, telecare, building of social capital, enterprise partnerships and Individual Service Funds.
This is the first attempt to put together a Market Position Statement and there's plenty of room for development and improvement. It will be interesting to see how it changes in the next iteration. Many voluntary sector organisations do not consider themselves primarily as part of a market so perhaps the first step should be a different title, one that more reflects a collaborative and partnership approach.