Commissioners want third sector to understand them

The Institute of Commissioning Professionals has issued a new definition of commissioning to help voluntary sector organisations understand how commissioners work.

When it was created last year, the institute admitted that commissioning had a “bad reputation in the third sector”. The new definition is the first stage of its charm offensive.

“Commissioning means securing the services that most appropriately address the needs and wishes of the individual service user, making use of market intelligence and research and planning accordingly,” the institute’s definition reads.

In a statement, the institute said the new definition had been designed to be easily communicated by its members and readily understood by independent and third sector organisations.

Warwick Tomsett, a member of the institute's national council, said: “It is important to have a coherent, agreed definition that can be recognised and used across professions.”

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