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Becoming a social commissioner: everything you need to know

Interested in becoming a social care commissioner? We’ve pulled together some key factors to consider before applying so you know what to expect. 

The basics 

As a social care commissioner, you’ll need to develop a deep understanding of service users and their individual needs before investing in the relevant services, such as telecare, mental health services and meals. This funded service is then monitored for how effective it is.Improving the lives of others is at the core of being a good commissioner so it is essential that you are an active listener and have an empathetic nature. 

Why commissioning is important

Social commissioners play a key role in helping people live fulfilling lives and providing the right support that enables them to do so as seamlessly as possible. Services can range from self-directive, to preventative and should aim to promote positive change. The best services are high-quality, sustainable and economical. 

Desired qualities 

People who work in social commissioning come from a range of backgrounds including healthcare, teaching, volunteering and even project management. While there are no formal entry requirements, it is a good idea to have prior experience in and/or knowledge of the public sector, as well as a basic level of education. This of course varies from role to role. Soft skills likely to be beneficial include:

  • High level of organisation 
  • Analytically minded 
  • Good at problem-solving
  • Flexible
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Problem-solving 
  • Innovative and creative 

Key challenges post-pandemic 

  • The emergence of new needs
  • Increased isolation or decrease in those seeking help (mainly caused by fear of catching Covid-19) 
  • New challenges for unpaid carers 
  • Staffing shortages in care

Where is social commissioning headed? 

Positive change is needed if we are to face these challenges and make sure everyone in our society is living a healthy and happy life. Those in social commissioning roles are now focused on building communities where local authorities put the service-user first and provide services that will truly enrich their lives. This starts with asking how we can support these individuals and collaborating with communities to reach positive outcomes. 

Could social commissioning be for you? Explore our current vacancies now or get in touch with a specialist from our team here for more information.

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