Markets and Sustainable Commissioning in Adult Social Care


Event summary

Adult social care markets are unstable. Local authorities have a duty under the Care Act to promote the efficient and effective operation of their local care market. This session will explore how local authorities can effectively respond to the challenges in the adult social care market to enable high-quality, sustainable care.


24 September 2024
Starts: 13:00
Ends: 16:00



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£185.00 excl VAT

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About this event

In 2023, the National Risk Register included for the first time major adult social care provider failure as a risk that would have a substantial impact on the UK’s critical systems at a national level. This inclusion highlighted the precarity of adult social care markets and the seriousness of the situation. It is essential that local authorities follow their duty under the Care Act to promote diversity and quality in the provision of services. In this webinar, delegates will learn about local authority duties in relation to adult social care markets under the Care Act. Challenges facing the market will be explored, and we will hear from adult social care strategic leaders in how they are overcoming market challenges in their areas. Delegates will have the opportunity to network with other attendees, pose questions, and participate in group exercises.

Who should attend?

This session is aimed at everyone involved in adult social care commissioning and market management.

How will you benefit from attending?

Learning outcomes:

  • Understand the role of local authorities is market shaping and commissioning.
  • Understand local authority responsibilities under the Care Act in relation to adult social care markets.
  • Understand the challenges facing adult social care generally and adult social care markets in particular.
  • Learn from strategic leaders about how they have overcome challenges in their local adult social care markets.
  • Learn from practical examples and case studies about how local authorities are overcoming challenges in adult social care markets.

CPD hours

This event carries three CPD hours.


  • Financial management
  • / Local government
  • / Performance improvement and policy
  • / Risk management
  • / Sustainability
  • / Value for money

Speaker - Dr William Burns, Social Care Policy Advisor

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William is CIPFA’s social care policy voice, and he runs the Social Care Network. His work focuses on social care reform, and he has produced thought leadership in the areas of charging reform, children’s social care reform, Scotland’s National Care Service, and social care funding. Before joining CIPFA, he was Social Care Finance Lead at the Scottish Government where he was involved in costing a range of social care reform policies stemming from the Independent Review of Adult Social Care. William attained a PhD in English Literature from the University of Glasgow and started studying accountancy during the final stages of his PhD.

Webchat is available Monday to Friday, 09:00 - 17:00 (excluding UK bank holidays).