Key information for social care providers

Key information for social care providers

Bristol is committed to making radical and urgent change through our programme for adult social care transformation, “Better Lives: Improving outcomes for adults in Bristol.” 

Our vision is set out in our Overarching Market Position Statement “Working Together for Better Lives”

We intend to work transparently with all providers, existing and new to Bristol, ensuring quality and encouraging innovation in line with our vision.

Delivering Better Lives is about partnership, and we will be developing and updating our approaches in line with feedback from people with support needs, their families and networks, service providers and other partners.

To contact Adult Care Commissioning contact us on

Working Together: Engaging with Providers

You can find out about opportunities to engage with us through Provider Forums 

We plan to run a series of 'Open Doors' dates. These are for providers (of any size, kind of service and whether already active in Bristol or not), who, having read the Market Position Statement, want to talk to us about developments and opportunities. The dates will be published on this page when confirmed. 

If you have a concern question or query about your existing contract, you should make direct contact with our Contracts and Quality Team

Information about current tenders and funding opportunities can be found on the Opportunities to tender page.

Working Together to deliver Better Lives at Home

The development of quality supported living options and Extra Care Housing is core to our Vision.  To take this forward we need to work with housing developers and providers as well as care and support providers.

As our plans in this area develop you will be able to see them on Better Lives at Homepage ( Content being developed).

Working Together to deliver Quality

We are committed to supporting all providers to deliver a quality service. We are developing our approaches to this.  More information will be available soon.

We look forward to working with you to deliver Better Lives and improve Outcomes for Adults in Bristol.

Our support to providers

Provider forums

Our provider forums are where you can meet us and discuss any issues.

We have forums for these services: Learning Difficulties, Care Homes, Home Care and Community Support Services.

Visit our provider forums.

If you want to find out more, email:

Market Intelligence

Our market position statements provide intelligence, information and analysis about the supply and demand of services.

Guidance: Care Act 2014

These are fact sheets and guides on how the Care Act 2014 will impact on commissioning our services: 

The Care Act 2014 Implementation in Bristol City Council

The Care Act 2014: Fact Sheets

The Care Act 2014: General responsibilities of local authorities


Grants for voluntary and community organisations

Working together with local voluntary and community sector (VCS) organisations, we have changed our approach to grant funding. 

Read more about The Bristol Impact Fund.