Consultation for the Specialist Provider Framework

South Gloucestershire Council is consulting on the specialist provider framework. “Specialist providers” include supported living, day services and mentoring services. The service predominantly supports people with learning disabilities, autism, mental health issues, sensory impairments, physical impairments, acquired brain injury and behaviours that challenge.

The framework has been developed with the Learning Difficulties Partnership Board, the specialist provider forum and co-produced with Specialist Providers, staff from social care, health, and commissioning teams. It was also informed by engagement work with individuals and carers which was carried out by Evolving Communities between November 2022 – Mar 2023.

About the framework

Our vision

Our vision for the framework is that by working together, we can and we will achieve for people in South Gloucestershire so they are able to live safe, good, healthy and fulfilled lives as part of their community. They will have the right support at the right time to achieve their full potential. 

What this means

By putting this framework into action, we aim to:

  • Facilitate sustainable specialist services by implementing a framework agreement that encourages providers to participate
  • Reduce the need for long term higher cost placements by providing quality, effective and realistic alternatives
  • Support sustainable use of financial resources through greater efficiencies in service delivery
  • Support transition planning
  • Contribute to the move towards progression/recovery based, outcomes commissioning, which is embedded in an outcome’s framework
  • Support the work of the All-Age Learning Disability Strategy to promote joint reviews of individuals achievements and targets
  • Increase market capacity with high quality services, to support local need, so that appropriate placements can be sourced
  • Increase our understanding of the specialist services market


How to have your say and find out more

This consultation has now closed and we are analysing the results, which will be published here in due course.


  • Opened
    14 Jun 2022 at 12:00
  • Closed
    26 Jul 2022 at 23:59


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Target Audience
  • All residents