NHS Commissioning Assembly: Next steps

The next steps and outputs from the launch event of the NHS Commissioning Assembly are being made available today.

The NHS Commissioning Assembly is the community of leaders for NHS commissioning; the ‘one team’ which will deliver better outcomes for patients. It has been set up to create shared leadership nationally and locally; co-produce national strategy and direction; embed principles for working together and create a common voice for NHS commissioners; and connect leaders, both within the NHS commissioning system and beyond.

The event in Doncaster last month was attended by over 200 commissioning leaders from the CCGs and the NHS Commissioning Board. The shared commitment and enthusiasm was clear from feedback on the day and after the event and around 70 CCG clinical leaders have so far volunteered to participate in the shared work programme. The next steps on the journey therefore are to translate that good intent into practical and useful work which will influence future development and improve outcomes for patients.

More information from the day is available, including outputs from the sessions and a summary film. There is also information about the 14 agreed working groups and how members can continue to be involved in a number of ways.

A further 5 new CCG clinical leaders are invited to put themselves forward to join the steering group to help provide fresh ideas and connections.  If you are interested, or want to know more, please get in touch with Alex Morton from the Assembly team at  by January 11th 2013.  CCG leaders who already have the support of their local colleagues will be of particular value, as will leaders with a particular interest in the organisational development of the new system.  It will be important overall that the composition provides a reasonable representation of geography, size and complexity.

Members who would like to get involved in any of the working groups that are still seeking members, or to help develop the way forward for the technological platform, should email Rachel Richards at