The South East Together Dynamic Purchasing System (SET DPS) project explored the feasibility of establishing a new regional DPS, an electronic procurement tool, to support placements in independent and non-maintained special schools. As a development stage project, we did not seek to deliver improved outcomes for children within this timeframe. We were six partners in total, West Sussex, Brighton and Hove, East Sussex, Kent, Surrey and South London Consortium. We aimed to build on existing or in-progress initiatives which the partners had begun developing prior to April 2015, and which are focused on improving the commissioning of specialist provision. We explored the viability of a Regional DPS approach with a view to influencing overall value for money in future years, if implemented.
The project involved: scoping the feasibility of establishing a new regional DPS; developing an outcomes-based framework for commissioning; collecting more detailed financial information to better understand value for money in placements; and informing the review of the national contracts.
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Brighton & Hove, East Sussex, Kent, Surrey and the South London Consortium (a SEN commissioning consortium comprising ten London Boroughs)