Values-based Commissioning (VbC) is defined as type of Values-based Practice in which a commissioning process rests equally on three pillars of:
- patient and carer perspective
- clinical expertise, and
- knowledge derived from scientific or other systematic approaches (evidence)
Through mutual respect of each of the other around the commissioning table, all three of these components of intelligence are aligned with procurement, contracting and other commissioning practice as defined by World Class Commissioning (WCC). This integrates values, professionalism and science with the mechanics of commissioning.
VbC must enable patients and carers to engage with commissioning process on an equal footing to everyone else. The prize to getting this right is a far higher degree of leadership of the process and ownership of the outcome than would be expected when patients and carers perceive themselves to be tokenistic meeting attendees and passive recipients of services.