A groundbreaking report on the NHS commissioning support market has been released by NHS England and Cogora, a publishing and research company.

Mapping the Market II: Commissioning Support Services, is a sixty-page report that showcases services for clinical commissioners offered by voluntary sector organisations (VSOs) and small and medium enterprises (SMEs).

The publication, launched at a reception at the NHS Expo in Manchester, contains 12 in-depth interviews with VSO leaders from charities such as MacMillan Cancer Support, Alzheimer’s Society and Turning Point.

It also features a further 15 interviews with SME leaders from organisations such as Dr. Associates and Outcomes Based Healthcare, resulting in the most up-to-date and comprehensive guide to the commissioning support market for anyone involved in commissioning healthcare in the UK.

The first part of the series, Mapping the Market I, included information on the range of services offered by commissioning support units (CSUs) and the independent sector.

One of the key challenges that emerged from the research is the establishment of a formal payment system for commissioning support provided by VSOs.

Acommon theme for both SMEs and VSOs is that the CSS market can be challenging to navigate. The current restructures have led to difficulties in finding the right point of contact within commissioning bodies, and thinking is still evolving around whether approaching CSUs or clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) directly is the best course of action.

Editor in chief Victoria Vaughan said: “The Mapping the Market report series brings an in-depth view of the commissioning support market straight to clinical commissioners in a usable format.

“We believe it will serve as a vital first port of call for those who are at the forefront making decisions on where to spend NHS money.”

Cogora regularly undertakes work to further understanding of the key clinical and non-clinical issues facing those at the coalface of healthcare delivery. Quantitative research typically takes the form of large-scale surveys of professional communities. While separate qualitative studies are conducted through in-depth interviews with smaller numbers of key influencers.

For more information on Cogora's market research capabilities, please contact:

Alex Beaumont
Managing Director
T: 44 (0) 20 7214 0500
[email protected]

About Cogora

Cogora is a leading, pan-European healthcare publishing and research company. For over 20 years we have enjoyed a first-rate reputation for delivering top quality, timely content that supports healthcare professionals with their clinical decision-making and career development.

Our portfolio of journals and websites includes Pulse, Nursing in Practice, Management in Practice, The Commissioning Review and Hospital Pharmacy Europe. We deliver 12 national conference exhibitions – including Commissioning Live – each year, as well as more than 100 smaller educational ‘road show’ events across the UK. And we produce numerous ‘roundtable’ discussion meetings, focusing on a single therapeutic area, across Europe.