Difficult commissioning decisions: How to navigate changing and challenging times

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About this event

This interactive event was for commissioners and providers from the NHS and local government.

Through small group discussions and activity-based workshops, we explored the key factors to consider when making difficult commissioning decisions, including strong leadership, early strategic planning and getting stakeholder engagement right.


Session one: Opening plenary

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

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

Making difficult decisions: commissioning health care in times of change

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

Interactive session: hypothetical scenarios

Commissioning scenarios

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

Sessions two-three: Breakouts

Influencing and intervening in the decision-making process

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

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

Choosing the best model of stroke services for patients

  • Dr Angus Ramsay, Senior Research Associate, University College London

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

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

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

Session four: Closing plenary

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

Ian Dodge, National Director, Commissioning Strategy, NHS England