Can I continue my existing funding relationships with commissioners as well as being part of the consortium?
The consortium board will want to involve members in actively influencing and negotiating with commissioners, especially concerning areas like the co-design of services, as this will be essential to the effectiveness of the consortium. Clusters of members based on thematic, specialist or geographic lines will be established to ensure that there is input by all members into overall delivery strategy.
This being said, a lot will depend on what the commissioners want to do in the current climate of cuts. If there ends up being less staff in the local authority (and other commissioners) due to funding reductions, there simply may not be the capacity to meet and inter-relate separately with lots of frontline providers and the consortium might therefore become the natural first port of call.