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Commissioning Service

This page provides information about the strategic commissioning function for Adult and Health Services and Children and Young People's Services.

'Commissioning' is the process of specifying, securing and monitoring services to meet the needs of individuals both in the short and long-term. This often involves joint commissioning with both internal and external partners.

We are responsible for commissioning services for children and young people, adults, and public health, forecasting demand for services, ensuring quality and market development and operating a robust contracting process. This includes providing accountability in our contract processes, ensuring high quality services and value for money. We manage relationships with a large and diverse number of service providers. We continue to develop joint working with partners to ensure effective commissioning to support the delivery of strategic priorities.  A key element of this process is integrated commissioning with health services and we anticipate increased development in this area in the future. 

To assist in this, we have developed The local market for children's, adults, public health and housing services which brings together key information about our priorities and upcoming opportunities for the market, including the housing market for children and adults, during 2016/18. The MPS does not contain statistical information about all the service user groups that we work with - this information is contained in the County Durham Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (JSNA). 

A new process 'Assessment of Service Quality' (ASQ) was introduced in April 2017 to monitor and review providers who are contracted by us to deliver children's, adults and public health services.

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Customer Services
03000 26 0000
Our address is:
  • Durham County Council
  • County Hall
  • Durham
  • County Durham
  • United Kingdom
  • DH1 5UQ