Select and use data about population needs and service utilisation, together with professional knowledge and patient experiences, as the basis for prioritising commissioning plans

These products will be of help to individual leaders, senior teams and governing bodies:

Health Investment Network

This website provides tools, guides and case studies to enable commissioners to achieve the best health outcomes from every pound invested.  It includes links to the NHS Atlas of Variation, Spend and Outcome Tool and 40 other tools.

NHS Institute’s Commissioning to Improve Patient Outcomes

A one-day introductory workshop introducing public health data analysis for CCG leaders.

Building icon - shows that the resource is something to attendNHS Alliance Commissioning Academy : Basic Data

This module will help you to appreciate how data can be found, validated, appraised and used for commissioning. We will explore the different uses of this data – needs assessment, costing, for service redesign, data validation and so on – and look at techniques for analysing and linking the data to other sources to increase its power even more. This is not a course for information specialists; rather we will use practical and participative methods and examples to help you develop your skills as commissioners.

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NHS Alliance Commissioning Academy: Using Data to Inform Clinical Service Redesign (Making Data Bite)

This module is designed for people who are familiar with the NHS data environment and who are already familiar with reviewing data and handling data in order to make commissioning decisions – this module will go to the next level in making the data work for you.

Building icon - shows that the resource is something to attendNHS Alliance Commissioning Academy: Practical needs assessment

Practical Needs Assessment (PNA) is a systematic method for reviewing the health issues facing a population, leading to agreed priorities and resource allocation that will inform commissioning decisions and ultimately lead to improved health and reduced inequalities. PNA will be key in relation to the development of the Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (JSNA) that GP Commissioning Consortia (GPCC) will need to engage in, with their Local Authority colleagues. The purpose of this module is to provide practical assistance to everyone engaged in undertaking PNAs, including GP commissioners, public health specialists, local government and the voluntary and community sectors.

Building icon - shows that the resource is something to attendNHS Alliance Commissioning Academy: Tools & Techniques for Planning, Prioritisation & Decision making

Deciding what is the best service, and commissioning it to deliver improved outcomes within a financially challenged environment requires a different approach to planning and prioritisation with collaboration across all stakeholders.  This module will help busy GPC consortia members grasp the basics of health economics and programme budgeting and its potential for use in supporting sensible commissioning. It will not make you an expert in the subject but will give you enough to know who you need to talk to and your next steps.

Person icon - shows that the resource is a place or person to learn fromThe Engagement Cycle – online resource to support patient and public engagement in commissioning

This free online resource will provide commissioners with everything they need to know when planning to engage patients, carers and the public in the decisions being made about health service provision.

Refreshed for the new NHS landscape, this resource offers a structured framework based around the commissioning stages and includes first-hand experiences, comprehensive information on all aspects of engagement in commissioning and links to additional resources.

This no-nonsense resource contains all you need to know to get started and ensure that patients and the public are at the heart of commissioning decisions in the future.


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