Thinking differently about commissioning (Leeds)

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Commissioning and the role that commissioners play is changing. Providers and commissioners are increasingly planning services together, and commissioners are working across health and social care. The old ‘purchaser–provider’ split is blurring 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. 

Join us for this conference on 17 March in Leeds, where experts from The King’s Fund will explain key developments in health and care commissioning. Participants will hear from innovative commissioners who are approaching their role in new ways – including new ways of paying for services and new approaches to joint working across clinical commissioning groups and local authorities. The conference will also feature national leaders debating the future of commissioning. 

Hear from experts about how

  • the landscape is changing 
  • contracting and services are developing in response 
  • to commission for primary care networks 
  • to best explore the tension between commissioning for “system” and “place” 
  • to build meaningful partnerships that will guarantee the delivery of this new vision for commissioning. 

Event partner


Sponsorship and exhibition

Engage with leaders and decision-makers from across the health and care sector by sponsoring or exhibiting at this event. To find out more, please email Chloe Smithers or call her on 0207 307 2482 to discuss the opportunities available.






Registration opens, exhibition and networking


Opening plenary: The changing role of commissioners

Hear from experts from The King’s Fund on how the current policy landscape is being shaped and learn from a leading academic whose research work spans many public services. 

10.00amWelcome and introduction

Richard Humphries, Senior Policy Fellow, The King’s Fund

10.05amWelcome to the day from Leeds City Council

Cllr Rebecca Charlwood, Executive Member for Health, Wellbeing and Adults, Leeds City Council

10.10amThe changing landscape of commissioning explained

Leo Ewbank, Policy Researcher, The King’s Fund
  • An overview of what is happening, what should be happening and how we think the future will look for the sector.  

10.20amCommissioning for complexity

Dr Toby Lowe, Senior Lecturer in Public Management, Newcastle Business School, Northumbria University
  • Explore how to plan for services that have the person at their centre and integrate learning already achieved.
  • Understand how to work towards a service system that plans around including humans and integrating learning. 


Masterclass A: New approaches to contracting and paying for care

11.30amWelcome and introduction

11.40amA brief history of commissioning in the NHS

Ben Collins, Policy Projects Director, The King’s Fund
  • Hear the difficulties that commissioners have encountered in using payments, incentives and markets to secure services for their populations.
  • Learn about the new models of commissioning being developed internationally and in England.

12.00pmThe aligned incentives contract

  • Hear how to enable financially sustainable services for the local population.
  • Understand the commitment to change of behaviours and culture necessary to lasting transformation

Andrew Pilling, Head of Income, Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust 
Matt Turner, Head of Commissioning Finance, NHS Leeds West CCG

12.15pmTable discussions

Facilitator: Manraj Khela, Head of Health Partnerships, Leeds City Council 
  • An opportunity to consolidate information and continue the discussion further on your table, exchanging ideas with the other delegates.

Masterclass B: Commissioning for specialised services

11.30amWelcome and introduction

11.35pmCommissioning for specialised services

Leo Ewbank, Policy Researcher, The King’s Fund
  • Hear a short outline of the current policy priorities for specialised services.
  • Learn about the emerging innovative practice in specialised services.

11.50amSpecialised commissioning in practice

  • Hear how specialised commissioning is being designed and delivered on the ground
  • Learn how to harness the best results from this innovative new approach 

Catherine Balazs, Supplier Manager, NHS England & NHS Improvement, North East and Yorkshire Hub 
Farida Khawaja, Contract Specialist, Leeds Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

12.05pmTable discussion

Facilitator: John Walsh, Organisational Development Lead, Leeds Community Healthcare NHS Trust
  • An opportunity to consolidate information and continue the discussion further, exchanging ideas with other delegates.

Masterclass C: Joint commissioning between clinical commissioning groups and local authorities

11.30amWelcome and introduction

Richard Humphries, Senior Policy Fellow, The King’s Fund

11.35amWhat is joint commissioning?

Richard Humphries, Senior Policy Fellow, The King’s Fund
  • Our policy expert explains what working together looks like now, how it might change in the years to come and why building relationships is the most important factor in delivering care. 

11.50amCase study: Developing place-based commissioning to drive population health and care improvement

  • Learn from the experience of Tameside and Glossop Partnership on how to establish a single strategic commissioning function.
  • Hear how to harmonise priorities across clinical commissioning groups and local authorities and how to generate collective responsibility to improve healthy-life expectancy. 

Jessica Williams, Director of Commissioning, Tameside and Glossop and Programme Director, Care Together  
Debbie Watson, Interim Assistant Director of Population Health, Tameside Metropolitan Borough Council 

12.10amTable discussion

Facilitator: Rob Goodyear, Head of Strategic Planning, NHS Leeds Clinical Commissioning Group
  • An opportunity to consolidate information and continue the discussion further on your table, exchanging ideas with the other delegates. 


Masterclasses repeated


Closing plenary: what does the future hold for commissioners?

4.00pmWelcome back and introduction

Rebecca Barwick, Head of System Integration, NHS Leeds CCG

4.05pmWhat is new for the sector? The challenges ahead, coupled with reflections on potential solutions

As commissioning undergoes significant change, in this final session we will look at some of the big challenges moving forward.

  • How to commission for primary care networks?
  • What are the legislation changes necessary or anticipated?
  • What are the actions needed to resolve the tension between ‘system-based’ and ‘place-based’ commissioning?

Andrew Copley, Director of Finance, Airedale NHS Foundation Trust 
Gina Davy, Head of System Integration, NHS Leeds CCG 
Lou Auger, Head of Operations and Delivery, NHS England and NHS Improvement
Anthony Kealy, Locality Director- West Yorkshire and Harrogate, NHS England and NHS Improvement (North East and Yorkshire)
Hillary Wadsworth, Time to Shine Programme Manager, Leed’s Older People 

Panel discussion

5.00pmClose of conference



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Booking enquiries

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Please note, discounts will not be automatically applied to your booking. Please email us for the relevant promotional code. 

Group discounts

10 per cent discount for 3-4 people.
15 per cent discount for 5-6 people.
20 per cent discount for 7 or more people.

Student discounts

Receive 50 per cent off if you're a student in full-time education. 

Bursaries for patients and carers

We offer a limited number of bursary (free) places for our conferences. These are reserved for patients and carers. To apply for a bursary for this event, please send us an email.

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