Research and analysis

Improving community services

How community services can be commissioned to support more co-ordinated care for patients.



This report looks at what clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) are doing about community services as the contracts entered into after the Transforming Community Services (TCS) programme expire.

As contracts expire, commissioners need to consider what options are best for patients. This review of community services commissioning explains how commissioners can support a move to more co-ordinated care for patients closer to home. Many of the community services contracts put in place 3 to 5 years ago are expiring, giving commissioners an opportunity to:

  • move to new ways of working or new models of care that are better for patients
  • test which providers are most likely to achieve the changes that commissioners want for patients
Published 22 January 2015