Commissioning Intentions

Our commissioning intentions have been focused on changing behaviours to promote independence, developing evidence-based early interventions to prevent peoples’ care needs increasing, and devising new delivery models through joint work with our partners.

We gather data and feedback from a wide range of sources and analyse this in conjunction with predicted demand models to determine the requirements for future service provision.

We have a particular focus on using available resources more effectively and seek to work with a more diverse range of partners including voluntary and community sector organisations, small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs), and entrepreneurs to deliver high quality support for our residents.

The current Coronavirus pandemic has had and will continue to have for some time, a significant effect upon both the provider market and the demand for support. As such we are continuing to monitor the situation closely to understand what this means for our current commissioning plans and to engage with our providers and stakeholders to ensure that we maintain a stable market in these unprecedented times.

Where necessary we will revise our commissioning plans and re model services to ensure that we continue to meet needs of Darlington residents in the “new normal”

Coming Soon

We acknowledge that developing long term commissioning intentions in this time of a Covid pandemic is challenging. However, our focus over the next 3 years will be to further implement Community Led Support This will offer opportunities to commission in a different way to meet the needs of the local population, both in terms of prevention and ongoing support. Our aims are that:

– Co-production brings people and organisations together around a shared vision;

– There is a focus on communities and each will be different;

– People can get support and advice when they need it so that crises are prevented;

– The culture becomes based on trust and empowerment;

– People are treated as equals, their strengths and gifts built on;

– Bureaucracy is the absolute minimum it has to be; and

– The system is responsive, proportionate and delivers good outcomes.

Home Care aged 18+

The Council currently has a number of Business Partners and Spot Providers that are supported by an Approved List of Spot Providers. Should demand needs change, then any opportunities will be advertised via the North East procurement Organisation (NEPO). The current contract ends in November 2025.

Extra Care Housing for persons aged 55+ with eligible care and housing needs

There are currently voids in both of the extra care schemes within Middlesbrough and this remains reasonably stable. Middlesbrough Council are not looking to increase our Extra Care capacity at this time.

Enablement and Support for persons with Learning Disabilities, Mental Health, Physical Disabilities and/ or Autism

The current Focussed Care and Support Framework will be fully appraised and any recommendations or opening of the Framework to be considered in 2022 – 23.

ISLs / Supported Housing

At the current time the Council is not looking at increasing ‘shared’ supported accommodation.

Tees Positive Behaviour Support (PBS)

The current contract is Teeswide and is managed by  Middlesbrough, Redcar & Cleveland, Stockton and Hartlepool Council. This contract ends in April 2023.  Retendering preparation of the service will begin shortly and it is envisaged that market engagement will take place in 2022.  Full details of the tender will be published on the North East Procurement Organisation (NEPO)

Tees Advocacy Framework

The current contract is managed between Middlesbrough, Redcar & Cleveland and Stockton Council to provide access to IMHA, IMCA, paid RPR, care act and general advocacy advice. The contract ends in April 2023. Retendering preparation of the service will begin shortly and it is envisaged that market engagement will take place in 2022.  Full details of the tender will be published on the North East Procurement Organisation (NEPO)

Day Services / Day Opportunities

Organisations that are looking to develop innovative services / opportunities in Middlesbrough can contact the Council via  Of particular interest would be any services / opportunities that would be available in the evenings or weekends.

Residental & Nursing Care

Middlesbrough Council are keen to engage with providers who are looking to develop or expand their Residential and Nursing Care Homes for Mental Health and Learning Disability provision.

Supported Housing

Middlesbrough Council’s Commissioning Team are always keen to hear from housing providers to discuss new and innovative models of service provision which can meet our current demands.  Housing providers should be registered with the Regulator of Social Housing and should be able to evidence their inclusion on the list, found on GOV.UK

To inform future Commission intentions, data from a variety of sources is regularly reviewed and analysed, to determine local need.

Redcar and Cleveland’s commissioning intentions are increasingly being affected by the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. Previously agreed intentions may now be subject to review as we cannot accurately predict the future market based on the significant effect on services, directly related to the Corona virus. These changes will no doubt re model the way future services are aligned, and consultations will be required to ensure the Council develop the right services to meet the needs and demands within the Borough.