Skills for Care

This qualification has been developed to support commissioners to make sure personalised support and care is available when it is needed.

The criteria sets out the minimum requirements for qualifications that develop the fundamental knowledge needed by commissioners in order to commission provision that addresses the wellbeing of adults in England.



Designed for new and existing commissioners looking to refresh knowledge, understand more about commissioning for wellbeing and providers of health, and social care services wanting to learn more about commissioning.


Learning outcomes

  • Improved outcomes for people accessing services - develop the knowledge and skills needed to commission services that reflect the needs, preferences and goals of people wanting or needing to access wellbeing services.
  • Improved quality and safety of wellbeing services - understand the market, legislative requirements, population needs and other key aspects to design innovative interventions, recognise where services may not be achieving outcomes, and take appropriate action.
  • Improved ability to respond to the market - plan efficiently by gaining a detailed understanding of how to assess and meet current and future population needs.
  • Improved workforce knowledge, skill and morale - feel valued, supported and invested in, leads to improved motivation and a sense of commitment and belonging.


Learners will be required to demonstrate an understanding of the commissioning role and the skills needed to carry it out, including that they have a good understanding the role of the commissioner for wellbeing, the commissioning cycle, outcomes-focused commissioning and professional development for effective commissioning.



9 to 12 months.



Between £2,000 - £2,300

It may be possible for local authorities and employers to claim back up to £1,300 per learner completing the qualification, payable on completion (subject to funds being confirmed). Find out more about the Workforce Development Fund.



Hasca Ltd and Bespoke Consultancy and Education Ltd endorsed training providers deliver the qualification. If you're interested in delivering this qualification yourself email


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Download the course specification to find out the full details of the Level 5 commissioning for Wellbeing qualification.


The certificate has given me extensive knowledge and understanding which I will use to strengthen my work at Halton. I now really understand the true meaning of person-centred commissioning for wellbeing and how to engage with users of services to co-design services and improve outcomes.

Emma Sutton, Practice Manager
Halton Borough Council

We’re delighted that Emma has achieved this. She’s helped change the focus of some work from the development of a strategy for ‘consultation’ to a project of co-design focusing on the needs of a specific group and empowering the whole team to redesign pathways and services – this has made a huge difference to our team.

Halton Borough Council


Professional bodies

Launched by Highfield Qualifications, the qualification was developed by Skills for Care, the Association of Directors of Adult Social Care (ADASS), the Local Government Association (LGA) and United Kingdom Homecare Association (UKHCA) in partnership with commissioners, provider associations and personal assistant employers, to support the learning and development needs of people who commission social care services.


You can also complete this qualification with a learning disability and autism focus.

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