Thinking differently about commissioning

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Commissioning and the role that commissioners play is fundamentally changing with the introduction of the new integrated care systems (ICSs) legal and organisational framework.

Providers and commissioners are increasingly planning services together, and commissioners will be tasked with acting more like local system enablers, integrating services by creating strong partnerships at place level.

The ‘purchaser–provider’ split will soon belong in the past and what was once a system based on competition is evolving into a system focused on collaboration. Rather than just delivering health services, innovative commissioners are starting to focus their efforts on improving population health. 

Legislative changes, once fully implemented and consolidated, will change the shape and nature of commissioning, and Covid-19 has both disrupted and inspired thinking and planning around the future of commissioning.    

This virtual conference took place from 11–14 July. Experts from The King’s Fund and NHS national bodies explored key developments in health and care commissioning and assessed how commissioning is shaping in 2022 and beyond.

Participants heard from innovative commissioners who are beginning to work in different ways – including new ways of paying for services and new approaches to joint working across clinical commissioning groups and local authorities. Experts from NHS national bodies discussed their insights with the audience.  

Event topics

Participants heard about:

  • how the health and care landscape is changing and how commissioning organisations are adapting to mergers  
  • how commissioners are using learning from Covid-19 in their plans for health and care as England emerges from the pandemic  
  • the evolving role of provider collaboratives and the new role for commissioners within this new model 
  • how to commission for outcomes and how commissioning can act as a tool to tackle health inequalities 
  • how to commission in partnership with the voluntary and community sector and how to build integrated services at place level, working closely with the local government 
  • how to upskill commissioners and prepare them for their new role with ICSs.  

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Confirmed speakers


Richard Murray

Chief Executive, The King’s Fund


Louise Patten

Strategic Advisor, NHS Confederation

Jason Yiannikkou

Director, Legislation and Integration, NHS Policy and Performance Group, Department of Health and Social Care

Taryn Harding

Deputy Director, Commissioning Policy, Commissioning Policy Group, NHS England and Improvement

Charlotte Wickens

Policy Adviser, The King’s Fund


Sean Duggan

Chief Executive, Mental Health Network, NHS Confederation

Nick Kirby

Managing Director, UCL Health Alliance


Shilpa Ross

Policy Fellow, The King’s Fund


Rob Webster CBE

Chief Executive-Designate, West Yorkshire Integrated Care System


Charlotte Augst

Chief Executive, National Voices

Susannah Howard

Integrated Care System Programme Director, Suffolk and North East Essex Integrated Care System


Chris Naylor

Senior Policy Fellow, The King’s Fund


Amanda Sullivan

Chief Executive, Nottingham and Nottinghamshire Integrated Care System

Rosie Seymour

Programme Director, Better Care Fund

Dan Burningham

GP, Clinical Lead for Mental Health, North East London Integrated Care System

Philippa Baker

Deputy Director, Legislation Programme Team, Department of Health and Social Care

Adam Doyle

CEO, Sussex Integrated Care Board


Ruth Robertson

Senior Policy Fellow, The King’s Fund

Edward Jones

Senior Policy Advisor, NHS Confederation

Dr Phil Moore

GP, Deputy Chair (Clinical), Kingston Clinical Commissioning Group

Dr Josephine Sauvage

GP, Chief Medical Officer, North Central London Integrated Care System


Alex Baylis

Assistant Director of Policy, The King’s Fund

Mike Farrar

Independent Management Consultant, Chair, PwC Public Sector

Sonya Mclean

Senior Programme Manager, Hampshire and the Isle of Wight ICB

Martin Pratt

Deputy Chief Executive & Executive Director Supporting People, London Borough of Camden

Robin Tuddenham

Chief Executive, Calderdale Council, and Accountable Officer, Calderdale Clinical Commissioning Group

Dr Sonya Wallbank

Director of People and Organisation Development, Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire & Berkshire West Integrated Care System 

Su Long

Accountable Officer, Bolton CCG