Westminster Health Forum

The future for specialised services and commissioning: funding, meeting patient demand and the impact of Accountable Care Systems

Morning, Wednesday, 15th November 2017

Central London


This seminar will assess the future landscape for commissioning and delivering specialised services in England.

Delegates will consider the impact of Sustainability and Transformation Partnerships (STPs) on specialised commissioning, with areas agreeing to become Accountable Care Systems (ACSs) taking over delegated responsibility from NHS England to deliver specialised services. They will also discuss NICE's changes to the funding of the Highly Specialised Technologies (HST) programme and a developing role for NHS England in assessing the cost-effectiveness of these treatments.

Further sessions will address the challenges in meeting increasing patient demand for specialised services, following NHS England’s decision on funding Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP), the efficacy of the new National Programmes of Care and Clinical Reference Groups in encouraging quality and innovation in service delivery and the next steps for the adoption of new technologies.

Guest of Honour

Dr Vaughan Lewis

Regional Clinical Director, Specialised Commissioning, NHS England South

Guest of Honour

Dr Vaughan Lewis

Regional Clinical Director, Specialised Commissioning, NHS England South

Keynote Speakers

Dr Sian Lewis

Managing Director, Welsh Health Specialised Services Committee and Member, All Wales Medicines Strategy Group

Professor Karol Sikora

Chief Medical Officer, Proton Partners International and Dean of Medicine, University of Buckingham

Robert White

Director, Health Value for Money Audit, National Audit Office

Nicola Grinstead

Deputy Chief Executive, Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children NHS Foundation Trust


Lord Sharkey

Chair, Specialised Healthcare Commissioning Alliance and Chair, Association of Medical Research Charities (AMRC)


Robert Meadowcroft

Chief Executive, Muscular Dystrophy UK

Mike Ringe

NHS Engagement Partner (London) and Specialised Commissioning Lead, ABPI

Dr Nick Harding

Chair, NHS Sandwell and West Birmingham Clinical Commissioning Group