Difficult commissioning decisions

How to navigate changing and challenging times
Date: 
Time: 
9.00am-5.00pm
Venue: 
The King's Fund, W1G 0AN
Event type: 
Conference

About

Context

Commissioners have always been faced with the challenging task of making tough decisions about how to meet local population needs within a limited budget. With the spotlight on increasing financial pressures, the move towards fully integrated local health and care systems through place-based sustainability and transformation plans (STPs), and growing demand and rising public expectations; this is now more the case than ever.

Why should you attend?

Aimed at commissioners and providers from the NHS and local government, this event explores the key factors to consider when making difficult commissioning decisions, including strong leadership, early strategic planning and getting stakeholder engagement right.

Given that maintaining quality and safety, access and cost effectiveness must always be fully taken into account, this event looks more broadly at the decion-making process to provide guidance on how to engage with all stakeholders and ensure the focus is on moving towards services and outcomes that are fit for a transformed and sustainable NHS.

You will learn:

  • how we can best respond to changing patient needs and expectations
  • the common blockages and challenges facing effective priority setting and how these might be overcome
  • how to engage with all relevant stakeholders from the beginning, including patients and communities, local councillors and politicians, national bodies and the media
  • how to base decision-making on robust data where available.

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Programme

9.00am: Registration, exhibition and networking

Session one: Opening plenary

10.00am: Welcome and introduction

Professor Chris Ham, Chief Executive, The King’s Fund

10.05am: Exploring the impact of financial pressures on access to services, patient experience and patient outcomes

  • Identifying the barriers and enablers to maintaining access and quality while reducing cost per patient
  • Highlighting the common themes and lessons for the NHS

Ruth Robertson, Fellow, Policy, The King’s Fund

10.20am: Making Difficult Decisions: Commissioning healthcare in times of change

  • Setting out the key factors to consider when embarking on making difficult commissioning decisions

Julie Wood, Chief Executive, NHS Clinical Commissioners (NHSCC)

10.35am: Questions and discussion

Interactive session: hypothetical scenarios

10.45am: Welcome and introduction

Dr Iestyn Williams, Director of Research, Health Services Management Centre, University of Birmingham

This session will be interactive and focus on the practicalities of making difficult commissioning decisions. Facilitated by Dr Williams, you will explore ways to approach planning, engagement and decision-making and consider three thought-provoking scenarios in which commissioners may find themselves. The aim of the session is to consider various elements in the process to make difficult decisions and practically engage with the key factors necessary to achieve agreement.

11.30am: Refreshment break, exhibition and networking

Session two: Breakouts

Delegates can choose to attend any of the following breakouts. These sessions will be repeated in the afternoon.

A: How to engage patients and the public

11.30am: Welcome and introduction

Neil Tester, Director of Policy and Communications, Healthwatch England

11.40am: East Sussex Better Together programme

Speaker to be announced soon

11.50am: Thinking about public engagement from the very start of the decision-making process

Dr Andrew Furber, Director of Public Health, Wakefield Council and President, Association Directors of Public Health (ADPH)

12.00pm: Questions and discussion

B: How to engage with national and local leaders

11.30am: Welcome and introduction

Richard Humphries, Assistant Director of Policy, The King’s Fund

11.40am: Influencing and intervening in the decision-making process

  • Lessons from the London Sexual Health Services Transformation Programme

Councillor Jonathan McShane, Cabinet Member for Health, Social Care and Culture, London Borough of Hackney

11.50am: How Greater Manchester engaged with national leaders on the devolution agreement and their five-year plan

Sarah Price, Executive Lead, Commissioning and Population Health, Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership

On 1 April 2016, Greater Manchester became the first region in the country to take control of its combined health and social care budget and NHS England agreed that their five-year plan, Taking Charge of our Health and Social Care (published in December 2015) met their STP requirement.

12.00pm: Questions and discussion

C: How to engage with clinicians

11.30am: Welcome and introduction

Dr Matthew Lewis, Consultant in General Medicine and Gastroenterology, Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals NHS Trust and Visiting Fellow, The King’s Fund

11.40pm: Choosing the best model of stroke services for patients

  • Drawing on learning from major system reconfigurations of stroke services implemented in London and Greater Manchester
  • Managing public perceptions of making changes to services and demonstrating strong and collaborative leadership, as well as effective stakeholder engagement
  • Findings of current research on the centralisation of specialist cancer services in London and lessons on engaging clinicians.

Dr Angus Ramsay, Senior Research Associate, University College London

11.40am: How commissioners can work more effectively with clinicians to ensure access to the highest quality surgical care for local populations

  • Ensuring commissioning policies are in line with the clinical evidence base
  • Avoiding both under and over commissioning for procedures

Mr Ian Eardley, Vice President, Royal College of Surgeons and Consultant Urologist, Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

11.50am: How clinical senates can support commissioners in transforming services

Dr Lawrence Goldberg, Chair, South East Clinical Senate and Consultant Nephrologist, Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals

12.10pm: Questions and discussion


12.45pm: Lunch, exhibition and networkin

Session four: Breakouts

The morning breakout sessions will be repeated here to give delegates the opportunity to attend more than one.

3.30pm: Refreshments, exhibition and networking

Session five: Closing plenary

3.30pm: Welcome back

Richard Murray, Director of Policy, The King’s Fund

3.35pm: Closing keynote: what does the future of commissioning look like?

Ian Dodge, National Director, Commissioning Strategy, NHS England

4.00pm: Panel discussion: how do we create the right external ‘authorising’ environment?

  • Next steps for building and nurturing productive media relations, enabling patient and public engagement; and negotiating with key stakeholders

Dr Graham Jackson, Co-Chair, NHS Clinical Commissioners and Chair, NHS Aylesbury Vale Clinical Commissioning Group

Imelda Redmond, National Director, Healthwatch England

Dave West, Senior Bureau Chief, Health Service Journal (HSJ)

More panellists to be announced soon

4.30pm: Questions and discussion

4.45pm: Closing summary and close of conference

Speakers

Speakers

Ian Dodge

National Director, Commissioning Strategy, NHS England

Julie Wood

Chief Executive, NHS Clinical Commissioners (NHSCC)

Professor Chris Ham

Chief Executive, The King’s Fund

Neil Tester

Director of Policy and Communications, Healthwatch England

Dr Graham Jackson

Co-Chair, NHS Clinical Commissioners and Chair, NHS Aylesbury Vale Clinical Commissioning Group

Richard Murray

Director of Policy, The King’s Fund

Dr Angus Ramsay

Senior Research Associate, University College London

Imelda Redmond

National Director, Healthwatch England

Dave West

Senior Bureau Chief, Health Service Journal (HSJ)

Councillor Jonathan McShane

Cabinet Member for Health, Social Care and Culture, London Borough of Hackney

Dr Andrew Furber

Director of Public Health, Wakefield Council and President, Association Directors of Public Health (ADPH)

Sarah Price

Executive Lead, Commissioning and Population Health, Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership

Mr Ian Eardley

Vice President, Royal College of Surgeons and Consultant Urologist, Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

Dr Iestyn Williams

Director of Research, Health Services Management Centre, University of Birmingham

Dr Matthew Lewis

Consultant in General Medicine and Gastroenterology, Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals NHS Trust and Visiting Fellow, The King’s Fund

Dr Lawrence Goldberg

Chair, South East Clinical Senate and Consultant Nephrologist, Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals

Richard Humphries

Assistant Director of Policy, The King’s Fund

Ruth Robertson

Fellow, Policy, The King’s Fund

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