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Cabinet agrees new three-year Whole Life Commissioning Plan

by Lisa Bennett

At the first Cabinet meeting of 2024, Knowsley Council’s Leader and Cabinet Members approved the the Whole Life Commissioning Plan 2024-2027 and its priorities as set out in a report by the Council’s Executive Director for Health and Social Care.

What is the Whole Life Commissioning Plan 2024-2027?

The Council’s Whole Life Commissioning Team is responsible for commissioning services on behalf of Adult Social Care, Children’s Services and Public Health. The 2024-2027 plan outlines the priorities, plans and key areas of focus for the areas and helps shape and underpin the team’s decision-making.

The priority areas outlined in the Whole Life Commissioning Plan 2024-2027 are:

  • Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities
  • Obesity in Children
  • Children’s Social Care Placements
  • Carers (all ages)
  • Technology Enabled Care
  • Care Home Services
  • Market Sustainability
  • Alternative Delivery Models of Care (Supported Living)
  • Alcohol and Substance Misuse
  • Sexual Health

The Whole Life Commissiong Plan will also support the delivery of a number of local strategies, including the Knowsley 2030 Strategy, the Joint Health and Wellbeing Board Strategy 2020-2025, the Adult Social Care Recovery and Transformation Plan 2024-2027, the Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities Strategy, the Children Looked After and Care Leavers Strategy, and the emerging Children and Families Plan 2024-2027.

How was the plan developed?

A range of Council service areas have contributed to the development of the plan, alongside engagement with partners through several forums, such as the Knowsley Healthier Together Board.

Consultation work has also taken place during the development of the plan. This ensured that the plan was produced in line with Knowsley Better Together Principles. Overall, the proposed plan was well received by consultees.

Consultation and engagement will continue to take place throughout the lifespan of the plan to ensure it continues to meet the needs of all stakeholders.

Cllr Del Arnall, Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care, said:

“The latest Whole Life Commissiong Plan for 2024-2027 is an important document which will underpin our work across a number of vital service areas for the next three years.


“Having a Strategic Commissioning Plan in place enables us to identify the key areas of focus and the resources needed to achieve service redesign and improvements, while also feeding into the wider strategic objectives of the Council.


“I would like to thank everyone involved in the development of the plan.”

You can view the full plan here.