Based on a review of published learning disability market position statements by IPC, this good practice checklist assesses whether they are actually helping to shape the market and to explore their implications for people with learning disabilities and their families.
It found that learning disability market position statements (MPSs) are not currently fit for purpose and local authorities are not fully engaging in their market-shaping duties, as required under The Care Act 2014.
It explains that an MPS should tell providers what commissioners’ plans are. It is intended to be used by providers to inform business choices and plans such as investment in capital or personnel.
This information will enable providers to work with commissioners and to plan their business development, understanding the direction the local authority is taking but also why it is going in that direction and based on what evidence.