Commissioning workshops

These 45-minute workshops focused on commissioning, and were developed by NHS England’s Commissioning Strategy, Operations and Information, and Finance teams, by NHS Clinical Commissioners (NHSCC), or by commercial partners.


Funding for fertility – how we can get it right

Led by Merck

Speaker: Peter Taylor, Joint Commissioning Lead for Public Health and Community Healthcare at Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames and NHS Kingston CCG

Discussing the question “What does good look like?” for the commissioning of fertility services in England. This dynamic discussion will look at the commissioning of assisted conception services, but with lessons to be drawn across the provision of the range of services often ‘side lined’ in times of financial challenge; this session will consider:

• Current fertility service provision in the UK
• Current policy environment
• Thought and discussion surrounding options for commissioners in relation to NHS-funded IVF services.


Evidence-based impacts of whole person, place based care: Securing care closer to home

Led by Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust

Over the next decade, community and mental health services will need to respond to the changes across hospital systems. Service redesign in ‘place’ will need to secure care out of hospital, address both physical and mental health care needs, show a return on investment and improve life chances.

This session will look at clinically led service developments that can deliver improved quality in ‘out of hospital’ care and up to a 9:1 return on investment, and will provide an insight into the robust economic impact analysis undertaken to demonstrate economies of scale, deliver efficiencies and improve patient experience.

Delegates will leave the session with an understanding of how clinically-led change can deliver system-wide transformation by working collaboratively with partners towards a common goal.


What can we learn from other countries around the world about national medicines pricing and procurement

Led by Janssen UK

Speaker: Jenn Lee, Director of Health Economics Market Access and Reimbursement at Janssen pharmaceuticals and Johnson and Johnson

Exploring the national pricing and procurement practices of non -UK countries, including:

  • The benefits and the challenges associated with these different approaches
  • Working within a fixed budget
  • Comparison of international practices with the UK scope
  • The national pricing and procurement practices of non -UK countries
  • The benefits and the challenges associated with these different approaches
  • Working within a fixed budget
  • Comparison of international practices with the UK

Healthy New Towns: Connecting innovation

Speakers: Ian Dove, Digital Workstream Lead for Darlington Healthy New Town;  Ian Briggs, Associate Director for Business Development at County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust; and representatives from iBi.

NHS England’s Healthy New Towns programme aims to promote health and well-being in the built environment and embed new models of care in new housing developments. Darlington, one of the programmes demonstrator sites showcase how they intend to employ digital health innovation in their new development. Healthy New Towns partner, iBi will discuss how they’ll be supporting sites like Darlington in their innovation.


Inclusion Health and Digital Health

Speakers: Iman Rafatmah, Co-Chair of the National Asylum Health Pilot at NHS England; Ruth Passman, Head of Equalities and Health Inequalities at NHS England; and Helen Rowntree, Programme Director for NHS Choices and widening digital participation at NHS England.

The workshop will illustrate how the NHS England Asylum Health National pilot is working to implement the key priorities set out in the Devolution for Greater Manchester and the NHS England Digital Technology Strategy, by working to ensure that patient voice, lived experience, co-production and co-design are central to ensuring that those people facing the worst inequalities are given particular support so they are not digitally excluded from NHS Choices and digital information about NHS services.  The workshop will demonstrate how the pilot is working to ensure high quality, accessible digital information is available to asylum seeker patients and professionals about asylum and refugee healthcare, and ensuring quality information for NHS Choices publication.


Integrated Personal Commissioning (IPC): Transforming care for people with complex needs

Speakers: James Sanderson, Director of Personalisation and Choice at NHS England; Mel Smeeton, peoplehub peer leader at Lincolnshire IPC site; and Jumaila Tausif, IPC Programme Director at NHS Cheshire West and Chester

Integrated Personal Commissioning is one of the pillars of the Five Year Forward View, empowering people and communities to take an active role in their health and offering more choice and control to those with the most complex needs. Join this session to find out more about the programme and the opportunities presented by a more personalised, integrated approach.


Scrutiny and accountability: the value of the lay or non-executive member for governing body decision-making

Speakers:  Susanne Hasslemann, Chair of NHSCC Lay Members Network; and Margaret Casely-Hayford NED on NHS England Board

This session will consider the value that Non-Executive Directors (NEDs) and Lay Members bring to board level discussions and their role in developing innovative approaches to healthcare delivery for patients and local populations. A panel from across the healthcare system will present their experiences that will inform a wider discussion on how the different sectors of the NHS can maximise the impact and benefit that lay members and NEDs bring.


Getting to grips with the new Clinical Commissioning Group Improvement and Assessment Framework (CCGIAF)

Speakers: Jonathan Sanderson, Head of CCG Assessment at NHS England; Sarah Briggs, Assistant Head of CCG Assessment at NHS England, and Kevin Mullins, Head of Mental Health at NHS England

An update on the work to introduce the CCGIAF, and invite CCGs to be a part of new ways of working which aim to empower them to deliver the transformation necessary to achieve the NHS Five Year Forward View. We will also discuss national ambitions for transformation in a number of vital clinical priorities: mental health, dementia, learning disabilities, cancer, maternity and diabetes.

The workshop will include a case study on dementia, which will be led by the policy lead from NHS England who will describe the work being done in their area, and how they are working with external partners and CCGs to improve performance and offer support. For both sections of this session, examples of best practice and learning that have been developed with NHS England and CCGs will be shared. There will also be an opportunity for participants to share their experiences, and pose questions to the team.


Medicines Optimisation and NHS RightCare

Speakers: Carl Marsh, RightCare Delivery Partner at NHS England;  Paul Chrisp, Programme Director for Medicines and Prescribing at NICE; and Sarah Billington, Head of Medicines Optimisation at the CQC

This session focuses on how Medicines Optimisation is being embedded in the RightCare approach. Participants will hear about the latest thinking, and some real life case studies that show the benefits of focusing on Medicines Optimisation as part of RightCare at a local health economy level. They will be helped to understand how RightCare being rolled out to all health economies will shine a light on medicines optimisation in indicative data, and how an approach driven by data and evidence on medicines usage will highlight the opportunities for change and service redesign in each local health economy.


Patient Preference: closing the perception gap

Speakers: Professor Matthew Cripps, National Director of NHS RightCare at NHS England;  Dr Albert G Mulley Jr, Managing Director of Global Health Care Delivery Science at The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice;  Professor Alf Collins, Clinical Advisor for Person Centred Care and Integrated Personal Commissioning at NHS England; and Angela Coulter, Senior Research Scientist at University of Oxford.

Some Independent  commentators have suggested that closing the perception gap is a multi-billion pound opportunity for the NHS in England. Join our expert speakers to hear the latest thinking from England and the US on this fascinating topic and  understand how the theories can be put into practice.


Health and Wellbeing CQUIN

Speakers from NHS England’s Healthy Workforce Team and Strategy Group, and pilot sites

In March 2016 NHS England introduced a £450m financial incentive (CQUIN) focused on improving staff health and wellbeing. To gain access to the money, NHS Trusts were asked to improve the health and wellbeing schemes on offer to staff, take action on unhealthy food sold on NHS premises, and improve the uptake of flu vaccination among staff.