GP Pathfinder Consortia Development Conference

Preparing for the commissioning challenges ahead
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Royal College of Medicine

Event highlights

This conference examined the commissioning challenges that face GP consortia.

Interviews with the key speakers

Rt Hon Stephen Dorrell MP, Chair of the Health Select Committee, spoke to us about the changes he would like to see made to the proposed health reforms.

Dr Michael Dixon GP, Chair, NHS Alliance, talked to us about the importance of keeping GPs at the heart of commissioning reforms.

Chris Ham, Chief Executive of The King's Fund, raised concern for the speed at which reforms were being implemented.

Dr Robert Varnam, Clinical Lead, RCGP Centre for Commissioning, spoke to us about the importance of clinical collaboration.

Lise Llewellyn, Chief Executive, NHS Berkshire East, and Dr Martin McShane, Director of Strategic Planning and Health Outcomes, NHS Lincolnshire, discussed the implications of moving to GP commissioning

Taking a practical look at the legal implications of GP commissioning, Gill Thomas, Partner at Mills & Reeve LLP, explained the key issues that GPs will have to deal with in their new commissioning roles.

Katherine Ward, Chief Executive of UnitedHealth UK, talks about creating partnerships with the private sector and the potential she sees in harnessing clinical leadership.

Presentations from the day

Rt Hon Stephen Dorrell MP, Chair, Health Select Committee, gave the keynote address at our GP Pathfinder Consortia Development Conference,  informing the audience of progress made by the Commissioning Inquiry.

Dr Robert Varnam, Clinical Lead, RCGP Centre for Commissioning, presented at our GP Pathfinder Consorita Development Conference, focusing on the value of relationships to smooth the transition to sustainability.

Dr Michael Dixon GP, Chair, NHS Alliance, explains the implications of operating in a new system of provision for GP commissioning.

Ailsa Claire, Director of Commissioning Development, NHS Yorkshire and Humber, introduces the Commissioning Intelligence Programme, giving an update on what has been learnt so far.

Paul Zollinger-Read, GP and Medical Adviser and Clinical Lead on Primary Care, The King's Fund, addressed delegates at our recent commissioning conference on understanding the big picture: how consortia can grasp early opportunities and take ownership of reforms.

About this event

This conference looked in detail at issues including:

  • How will consortia cope with negotiating and managing contracts within the 'any willing provider' model that will need to meet both national standards and local requirements? And what are the individual risks to GPs?
  • How can consortia develop sound clinical and financial governance arrangements, including developing the right leadership and skills mix?
  • How will consortia manage the clinical and financial risks while reducing variation and improving quality?
  • How can consortia introduce systematic approaches to measuring and managing commissioning activities?
  • How can consortia ensure they meet the right conditions to be able to take over commissioning? How will the co-production of the authorisation process work in reality?

Programme

Programme

Session one: Understanding the context

Introduction and welcome, Professor Chris Ham, Chief Executive, The King's Fund

Keynote address

The Commissioning Inquiry: providing insight to the challenges that lie ahead
Rt Hon Stephen Dorrell MP, Chair, Health Select Committee

Understanding the big picture: how consortia can grasp early opportunities and take ownership of reforms
Dr Paul Zollinger-Read GP, Medical Adviser and Clinical Lead on Primary Care, The King's Fund

Co-producing the authorisation process: how will consortia ensure they meet the conditions to take over in 2013?
Andy Vowles, Director of Strategy and Delivery, NHS Cambridgeshire, and Dr Tim Wilson, GP and consultant, PricewaterhouseCoopers

How partners can play a supporting role during and after transition
Katherine Ward, Chief Executive, UnitedHealth UK

Questions and discussion

Session two: Is there room for flexibility?

'To make and buy or not to make and buy': understanding the implications of operating in a new system of provision
Dr Michael Dixon GP, Chair, NHS Alliance

Panel discussion: the appropriate use of 'any willing provider'?

  • How do we deal with potential conflicts of interest where GPs can become both the commissioner and provider?
  • Will the 'any willing provider' model act as a barrier to real clinical and service integration?
  • Are there situations where the 'any willing provider' model simply won't work?
  • What are the competition and regulatory implications?

Chair: Dr Paul Zollinger-Read, GP, Medical Director Adviser and Clinical Lead on Primary Care, The King's Fund

Panellists:

  • Dr Anna Dixon, Director of Policy, The King's Fund
  • Dr Michael Dixon, GP, Chair, NHS Alliance
  • Ben Gowland, Chief Executive, Nene Commissioning

Session three: Sharing ideas, fears and aspirations

A: Leadership challenge: developing the right support and capabilities for successful transition

Liz Thiebe, Head of Programmes, Leadership, The King's Fund
Katy Steward, Senior Fellow, Leadership, The King's Fund
Candace Imison, Deputy Director of Policy, The King's Fund

B: Quality challenge: managing risk while reducing variation

Ben Gowland, Chief Executive, Nene Commissioning
Dr Lise Llewellyn, Chief Executive, NHS Berkshire East

C: Development challenge: observations from the Lincolnshire simulation

Dr Martin McShane, Director of Strategic Planning and Health Outcomes, NHS Lincolnshire

D: Operational challenge: the legal landscape and competition implications of operating in the commissioning landscape

Catherine Davies, Legal Director, Cooperation and Competition Panel
Gill Thomas, Partner, Mills & Reeve

Session four: What have we learned so far?

Welcome back, Professor Chris Ham, Chief Executive, The King's Fund

Commissioning Intelligence Programme update: what have we learned so far?
Ailsa Claire, Director of Commissioning Development, NHS Yorkshire and Humber

Keynote address: Leading through transition to sustainability
Dr Robert Varnam, Head of Policy, RCGP Centre for Commissioning and Learning Faculty, NHS Institute for Innovation and Improvement

Summary and Closing comments
Professor Chris Ham, Chief Executive, The King's Fund