Level 5 Commissioning for wellbeing

This qualification has been developed to support current and aspiring commissioners in achieving a rich, diverse and sustainable market of provision. It will also help ensure that personalised support and care is available where, how and when it is needed.

Learning outcomes

  • Improved outcomes for people accessing services - develop the knowledge and skills needed to commission services that truly reflect the needs, preferences and aspirations 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. 


Primarily designed for new commissioners. It can also be useful for existing commissioners looking to refresh knowledge, those wanting to understand more about commissioning for wellbeing and providers of health, and social care services wanting to learn more about commissioning.

Training duration

9 - 12 months to complete.


Learners will be required to demonstrate an indepth 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.



Local authorities and employers can claim back up to £1300 (subject to funds being confirmed) per learner completing the qualification, payable on completion. Find out more about Workforce development funding.

Expression of interest

Download and complete this expression of Interest form once completed pleae send to policy@skillsforcare.org.uk.


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 for the Policy, Performance and Customer Care team at Halton Borough Council. 


Further information

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. 



  • The role of "Commissioner for Wellbeing" 
    Discover the importance for commissioners of maintaining a focus on people, the remit, aims, core features and scope of those who carry out commissioning for wellbeing and how these fit with wider trends in health and social care, housing, funding, commissioning and public service reform and current policy and legislative context of commissioning for wellbeing.
  • The commissioning cycle
    Recognise the importance of consultation and coproduction at every stage of the commissioning cycle, learn key elements of practice at each stage of the commissioning cycle; analysis, planning, implementation and review.
  • Outcomes-based commissioning
    Gain an understanding of outcomes-based commissioning and key features, resources and support for person-centred commissioning, concept and practice of coproduction in commissioning, partnership working for outcomes-based commissioning and integrated commissioning for better outcomes.
  • Professional development for effective commissioning
    Analyse your learning needs to ensure knowledge and skills as a commissioner for wellbeing are developed and maintained, understand the use of data sources, research, networks, learning opportunities and support in developing and maintaining up to date knowledge and skills for commissioning, agree a professional/personal development plan as well as understanding the features of reflective practice and its importance including feedback from those who use services.

Please contact the training providers (BCE/ Hasca) directly to find out about methods of delivery and further details.

Delivering the course yourself
If you're interested in delivering this qualification email policy@skillsforcare.org.uk. Read more about the specification of the course.  

The following endorsed training providers deliver the course:

  • Hasca Ltd - Centre of Excellence - Contact Hasca
  • Bespoke Consultancy and Education Ltd - Endorsed provider - Contact BCE

Halton Borough Council told us:
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.

Read the FAQ document and the information session slides we delivered to provide commissioners with more information.