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.    

Join us for this digital virtual conference from 11–14 July. Experts from The King’s Fund and NHS national bodies will explain key developments in health and care commissioning and will assess how commissioning is shaping in 2022 and beyond.

Participants will hear 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 will share their insights with the audience.  

Event topics

Hear 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.  

Sponsorship and exhibition

If you’d like a conversation about your business goals, and how being involved in this event can help you, please email Danielle Roche at d.roche@kingsfund.org.uk.

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Confirmed speakers

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Richard Murray

Chief Executive, The King’s Fund

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Louise Patten

Chief Executive, NHS Clinical Commissioners

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

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Sean Duggan

Chief Executive, Mental Health Network, NHS Confederation

Nick Kirby

Managing Director, UCL Health Alliance

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Shilpa Ross

Policy Fellow, The King’s Fund

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Rob Webster CBE

Chief Executive-Designate, West Yorkshire Integrated Care System

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Charlotte Augst

Chief Executive, National Voices

Susannah Howard

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

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Chris Naylor

Senior Policy Fellow, The King’s Fund

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Amanda Sullivan

Chief Executive, Nottingham and Nottinghamshire Integrated Care System

Rosie Seymour

Deputy 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

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David Buck

Senior Policy Fellow, The King’s Fund

Adam Doyle

CEO, Sussex Integrated Care Board

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Durka Dougall

Senior Consultant, Leadership and Organisational Development, The King’s Fund

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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

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Alex Baylis

Assistant Director of Policy, The King’s Fund

Mike Farrar

Independent Management Consultant, Chair, PwC Public Sector

Sonya Mclean

Senior Programme Manager, Mental Health Crisis Care, NHS Hampshire, Southampton and Isle of Wight CCG

Martin Pratt

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

Programme

Monday 4 July

Access the conference

We will send you an email on Monday 4 July with information on how to access the conference. Please log in and get familiar with the platform. Take this opportunity to meet other attendees and visit the exhibition. Please note, you will need to use an up-to-date web browser. We recommend using Google Chrome for the best experience.

Monday 11 July

9.30–10.45am (GMT) Session one: Setting the scene

9.30amWelcome and introduction

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Richard Murray, Chief Executive, The King’s Fund

9.35amThe evolving role of the commissioner

In this session we will discuss how commissioning is evolving and explore the national policy and plans designed to ensure that commissioning meets the challenges facing the NHS. We will focus on how clinical commissioning groups are being incorporated by integrated care systems(ICSs), the impact of legislative changes and the key factors that will need to be considered after the transition period comes to an end in July for ICSs to be successful. 

  • Louise Patten,Chief Executive, NHS Clinical Commissioners
  • 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 

10.15amQuestions and discussion

10.45amNetworking break and meet the exhibitors

11.15am-12.15pm (GMT) Session two: Working with provider collaboratives

11.15amWelcome and introduction

Charlotte Wickens, Policy Adviser, The King’s Fund

11.20amPanel discussion

In this session we will understand a bit more about the role and importance of provider collaboratives, in particular the objectives and role of provider collaboratives under the new commissioning system that is emerging. We will discuss in depth the different models of provider collaboration and how these fit within, and contribute to, wider system development in the NHS in England.

  • Sean Duggan, Chief Executive, Mental Health Network, NHS Confed 
  • Nick Kirby, Managing Director, UCL Health Alliance
  • Sonya Mclean, Senior Programme Manager, Mental Health Crisis Care, NHS Hampshire, Southampton and Isle of Wight CCG

11.50amQuestions and discussion

Tuesday 12 July

9.30–10.30am (GMT) Session three: Commissioning in partnership with the voluntary sector

9.30amWelcome and introduction

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Shilpa Ross, Policy Fellow, The King’s Fund

9.35amPanel discussion

The role of the voluntary sector is crucial for commissioning to succeed in its mission for place-based decision-making. Often anchored in neighborhoods, voluntary sector services will play a pivotal part in bringing communities closer together and creating health equity. In this session we will hear from experts working to implement the next phase of closer collaboration between the voluntary sector and commissioning under the ICS model. They will share examples and practical learning about how the voluntary sector helps with keeping people at the heart of service design and delivery and how health services can make the most of the power of the voluntary sector. 

  • Rob Webster CBE, Chief Executive-Designate, West Yorkshire Integrated Care System
  • Charlotte Augst, Chief Executive, National Voices 
  • Susannah Howard, Integrate Care System Programme Director, Suffolk and North East Essex Integrated Care System 

10.05amQuestions and discussion

10.30amNetworking break and meet the exhibitors

11.00am-12.00pm (GMT) Session four: Equal partnerships with the local government for place-based commissioning

11.00amWelcome and introduction

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Chris Naylor, Senior Policy Fellow, The King’s Fund

11.05amPanel discussion

Local government will need to work closely with health services in order to secure the appropriate planning, availability and delivery of services needed for local residents. In this session we will assess what makes for good quality, how to ensure equal partnerships among stakeholders and the factors that can guarantee success, and which mentalities of the past should not be carried forward in the new ICS system. 

  • Amanda Sullivan, Chief Executive, Nottingham and Nottinghamshire Integrated Care System
  • Rosie Seymour, Deputy Director, Better Care Fund
  • Martin Pratt, Deputy Chief Executive & Executive Director Supporting People, London Borough of Camden

11.35amQ&A

Wednesday 13 July

9.30–10.30am (GMT) Session five: Commissioning for outcomes

9.30amWelcome and introduction

9.35amPanel discussion

An integrated approach to commissioning would result in services built around local people, not organisations. In this session we will look at how the new integrated care boards can ensure that services achieve their aims and that establish a feedback cycle to allow services to continuously improve. Our experts will discuss evaluation plans and how they can guide future decision-making, sharing practical examples of their work on the ground with local populations. 

  • 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

10.05amQuestions and discussion

10.30amNetworking and meet the exhibitors

11.00am-12.00pm (GMT) Session six: Commissioning for population health and tackling inequalities

11.00amWelcome and introduction

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David Buck, Senior Policy Fellow, The King’s Fund

11.05amPanel discussion

Commissioning can be an effective tool in the battle against health inequalities. Understanding who is need of what services at a local level can help prevent avoidable differences and result in better health outcomes. In this session our experts will reflect on how the new ICS structures can facilitate commissioning with a view to addressing social determinants of health and delivering place-based care.  

  • Adam Doyle, CEO, Sussex Integrated Care Board
  • Durka Dougall, Senior Consultant, Leadership and Organisational Development, The King’s Fund

11.30amQuestions and discussion

Thursday 14 July

9.30-10.30am (GMT) Session seven: Learning from clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) and the legacy that can be transferred to the new system

9.30amWelcome and introduction

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

9.35amPanel discussion

In this session we will reflect on the lessons from the previous CCG system that can be embedded in the new structure, the mistakes that should be left behind and which parts of the CCG legacy would be useful to keep on as integrated care board develop. How can we ensure the new system is a success? Our speakers will share their expertise and experiences about the current changes to commissioning and what we can all learn from the past.

  • 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

10.05amQuestions and discussion

10.30amNetworking break and meet the exhibitors

11.00am-12.00pm (GMT) Session eight: Upskilling the workforce for commissioners to meet the demands of their new roles

11.00amWelcome and introduction

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Alex Baylis, Assistant Director of Policy, The King’s Fund

11.05amPanel discussion

In this final session we will discuss how to upskill commissioners so that they can succeed in their new complex roles. Recognising the difficulties and the uncertainty the transition will inevitably create, our experts will examine how individuals can be supported. We will also try to understand what the new commissioner will look like, and which characteristics will help them perform in their new roles?

  • Mike Farrar, Independent Management Consultant, Chair, PwC Public Sector
  • Further speakers to be announced

11.35amQuestions and discussion

Sunday 31 July

Catch up and complete

You will have until Sunday 31 July to catch up on demand. Throughout the conference, we will share PDFs of the presentation slides, links and documents in the resources section and various materials in the exhibition. Once the platform closes at the end of the year, you will no longer have access to any of these so please ensure you have downloaded all of the materials you'd like to keep before this time.

Booking enquiries

Booking enquiries

If you’d like to make a booking enquiry, please email Anna Viralainen or Emily Williams at events@kingsfund.org.uk.

Programme enquiries

If you have any queries relating to this event programme please email us at events@kingsfund.org.uk.

Sponsorship and exhibition enquiries

Please email Danielle Roche at d.roche@kingsfund.org.uk.

FAQs

Format and time 
High-quality, up-to-date content is delivered to you via an online platform that is open for four weeks. During the first week, you will have the opportunity to log in, test your connection and become familiar with the setup. The live sessions will take place over four half-days in the second week, giving you the option to catch up on demand until the end of week four. 

Virtual conferences mean you can digest content at your own pace and work around a busy schedule. You can pause and rewind presentations and put your questions to our expert speakers. There is an activity feed for public conversations and the option of one-to-one networking. Virtual exhibition stands enable you to interact with a range of organisations that will share expertise and information – all at a time that suits you.Shape 

Networking 
If you choose to opt-in to networking, you will appear on the attendee list, where other delegates will be able to click on your profile and see whether you are online or offline.  

If you discover someone that you would like to talk to, you can send them a message or invite them to have a one-to-one video conversation during the week that sessions take place. If you are interacting with others like this, be assured that the messages and calls are encrypted and entirely private. If you are offline and another delegate sends you a private message, you will receive an email notification so you will never miss out.  

You are in control, so you can choose whether to accept or decline invitations and you can change your settings at any point in the four weeks, either to opt-in or opt-out of networking. On your profile, you can share as much or as little information about yourself as you’d like, including your contact details, photo and biography, social media profiles or any websites you would like others to see. If you prefer not to share this information and only list your name, that is fine. Your profile is accessible throughout the event and you can update this at any time. 

During sessions, there are separate tabs on the righthand side of the video, including a place to post questions for the speakers, make notes, take part in polls and a session chat where you can interact with other delegates. 

If you prefer group/public conversations and would like to interact outside the session times, there is the activity feed. Here, delegates can post images and links and reply to one another in conversation threads (like a social media wall).  

Taking notes 
If you use the note-taking functionality during the sessions, you can access these later by clicking on your profile image (top righthand side of the screen) and selecting My notes. Here, you can update your notes and add images. These notes will be saved in the platform until the conference closes (at the end of week four). To email yourself a copy of your notes, just click on the small envelope icon.  

Exhibition 
Virtual exhibition stands enable you to interact with a range of organisations that will share expertise and information – all at a time that suits you.  

Games and competitions 
Throughout the first two weeks, there will be an opportunity to take part in some fun interactive challenges. Delegates who take part will boost their scores on a leaderboard and be in with the chance of winning one of three prizes. 

Resources  
As well as the video content, we will share pdfs of the slides and other materials in the resources section. The exhibition will also contain links, videos and documents from the various exhibitors.

  • Before the event, tell your colleagues that you are taking part and block out the time in your diary.  
  • Make sure you are using an up-to-date web browser on a laptop or desktop. We recommend the latest Google Chrome for the best delegate experience. 
  • Make the most of the online community by taking part in the live Q&A sessions and opting into networking.  
  • In week one, introduce yourself on the activity feed. This is an easy way of ‘getting your voice in the room’, starting conversations and establishing new relationships with colleagues in health and care.  
  • Avoid as many distractions as possible so you can immerse yourself in the sessions as you would at a physical conference. Treat each session as a meeting, put your phone on silent and close down your emails. 
  • If you know you won’t be able to watch certain sessions live, you can submit your questions in advance and put aside time in the third or fourth week to catch up on demand. 
  • Each session is approximately one hour long and there is always at least a half-an-hour break between sessions so you can take a screen break or catch up on emails. 
  • Make sure you secure time in your diary at some point over the four weeks to visit the exhibition stands, where you will find free resources and can have conversations with experts from across the health and care system.  

When the event is taking place, we will be on hand to offer technical support, but it is worth using the extra time before the first session to log in and test your connection, just in case. 

Throughout the conference, we will share pdfs of the slides. You will find these at the bottom of each session page and we will post links to related resources in the chat and on the activity feed. 

The portal is open for four weeks when you will have the opportunity to either watch, save or download these materials. 

Once the platform closes, you will no longer have access to these resources so please ensure you save everything you need beforehand, including any slides, materials in the exhibition and notes you have made. 

Please note, you will not be able to download the video presentations.  

The King's Fund is an independent charitable organisation working to improve health and care in England. Our events are a key source of income, and this income enables us to continue with our charitable objectives.  

The cost of running a virtual conference is similar to that of a physical event. Although a virtual conference has fewer room hire and catering costs, in order to produce a high-quality event, we still need to pay the costs for the technical supplier, support and developing the platform. With some sessions taking place in our building, we do have to cover some venue costs. We also have a team of dedicated events professionals, content experts, digital, marketing and finance support that work on these events.   

Any profit that is made from these events goes directly towards achieving our strategic priorities. You can find out more about how we are funded.  

We offer a limited number of bursary places for people with lived experience to ensure a balance of voices in the room. To apply for a bursary place please email us a short paragraph explaining why you wish to attend.  

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Please note, there is a £20 + VAT surcharge to cover the cost of processing invoices. This is an addition to the ticket price and will be added to your invoice. There is no charge for paying by debit or credit card. 

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We offer a discount for group booking booked under the same order and organisation for more than 3 delegates. Please email us at events@kingsfund.org.uk to get the discount.

  • 3-4 delegates (10 per cent discount)
  • 5-6 delegates (15 per cent discount)
  • 7+ delegates (20 per cent discount)

If you have other accessibility requirements you would like to discuss, please email us at events@kingsfund.org.uk We will also ask you for this information during the registration process. ​

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Please note, there is a £20+VAT surcharge to cover the cost of processing invoices. This is in addition to the ticket price and will be added to your invoice. There is one invoice fee per order, not per ticket. There is no charge for paying by debit or credit card.

  • Public sector, charity or university: 180+VAT
  • Small-medium sized enterprise: £250+VAT
  • Commercial/profit-making organisation: £355+VAT

Student tickets

If you are a student in full-time education, please email us for a promotional code, with a photograph of your valid student ID. Student tickets are £60+VAT.

Bursary tickets

We offer a number of free bursary places for patients and carers. These places are limited to maintain a balance of voices in the room between patients, service users, carers, and health and care professionals. To apply for a bursary place please email us a short paragraph explaining why you wish to attend.