Commissioning and Procurement

Sitra supports both commissioners and providers to achieve quality commissioning practices that ensure effective procurement and result in quality tender submissions, all of which ensure the best possible service to our customers.

Support to commissioners

We have worked with commissioners identify new ways of commissioning to meet future needs, reflecting current commissioning priorities such as developing:

  •  outcomes-based commissioning
  •  payment by results
  •  collaborative or framework agreements 
  •  Innovative approaches, such as alliance contracting

We help develop the ‘procurement offer,’ taking commissioners from initial service specification, to consideration of the best contractual arrangement for their needs - as well as ensuring the arrangement achieves the best outcomes for clients!

New models of commissioning

‘Payment by Results’ Workshop  - We provided a one day workshop to commissioners who wanted to understand how to transform their traditional tender and contracting arrangements into a Payment by Results arrangement

‘Commissioning directions in housing support and care’  - On behalf of a large Registered Provider (RP) Sitra researched the commissioning intentions of the RP’s key local authorities. Building on our extensive work with local authorities and in particular SP teams and using our strong networks across the UK this research provided an understanding across a range of local authorities of their longer term intentions with regard to commissioning Supporting People /Housing Related Support, enabling the RP to align their strategic planning with the aims of their key commissioners


If you would like to discuss your requirements, then please contact a Contracts Officer via or by telephoning any of our offices