Adult social care: market shaping

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



This information is aimed at:

  • people who buy social care services
  • local authority and clinical commissioning group commissioners
  • personal budget holders
  • people who fund their own care
  • care service providers
  • potential investors in the care sector

The adult social care market refers to independent care sector providers and support organisations that provide Care Quality Commission regulated services.

This includes care and home care as well as unregulated care, such as:

  • personal assistants
  • volunteers
  • communities and informal family carers
  • 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.