Adult social care: market shaping

How to create personalised, high quality, sustainable care solutions using a range of care providers and support organisations.



This guidance is aimed at people who buy social care services, including local authority and clinical commissioning group commissioners, as well as personal budget holders and people who fund their own care, care service providers and potential investors in the care sector.

The adult social care market refers to independent care sector providers and support organisations – those that provide Care Quality Commission regulated services, such as care and home care, as well as unregulated care, such as personal assistants, volunteers and communities and informal family carers, and wider support services.

Published 11 November 2016
Last updated 14 February 2017 + show all updates
  1. Added link to 'Working with care providers to understand costs' in 'Resources for commissioners' section.
  2. First published.