Westminster Health Forum

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The future of commissioning health services in England - integrated commissioning, using data to support decisions, responding to the challenges of COVID-19, and priorities for specialised commissioning

Morning, Tuesday, 18th August 2020

Online Conference

***Full-scale policy conference taking place online***

This conference will discuss the future of the commissioning of health services in England.

It will be an opportunity to discuss progress on changes to commissioning which came from the Long Term Plan that include reducing the number of CCGs - and increasing their strategic focus and efficiency in the system. 

We also expect discussion on how CCGs are adapting to:

  • the development of integrated care systems (ICS) to help to implementation
  • the use of data and population health management to inform decisions at a national and local level
  • further moves to support commissioning that is more integrated and joined up - with local authorities retaining responsibility for commissioning but working with NHS to do so

Developments that are relevant to the discussion:

The discussion in detail:

  • The local response to COVID-19 - and how this is being coordinated by CCGs, looking at areas such as:
    • freeing up capacity for primary care and coping with pressures in the system - including PPE levels
    • managing the impact on patients and supporting their continuing needs
    • the process of getting services and primary care running as normal
    • the role data and analytics in helping plan services and the response to the pandemic
  • Commissioning specialised services - and next steps for improving the delivery of care for rare diseases, including:
    • allocating long-term funding
    • integrating specialised services with wider pathways of care
    • reducing variation in the quality of services at a local level
  • Integrated care systems - assessing progress, looking at:
    • how the drive for efficiencies is being approached, including the use of population health management, integration of standards for patient records, and issues that are emerging
    • what the development of integrated care systems means for CCGs
  • CCG mergers - and how they are being addressed, including key challenges and next steps for strategic working, cost savings, improved performance, and addressing financial challenges
  • The purchaser-provider split - as the commissioning landscape changes, with developments including:
    • greater collaboration and coordination in commissioning care
    • having different models and systems across the country
    • delivering improved outcomes at place level
  • Effective service provision - priorities and best practice in light of the changing landscape of commissioning and the development of integrated care, looking at:
    • How data driven insights and population health management are informing service provision
    • the increased focus on social as well as physical outcomes
    • progress on establishing partnerships and providing an integrated service
    • challenges for aligning delivery in practice with strategic policy priorities
  • Working collaboratively and commissioning public health services - latest thinking on best practice for:
    • in ways that the NHS and local authorities are working closer together to commission and deliver joined-up services
    • how to reduce regional variation of services.
  • GPs in the commissioning process - how they can be effectively involved, drawing on their experience from first hand interaction with patients, in areas such as:
    • identifying gaps in services and issues with current services
    • redesigning services and improving local health
  • Tackling health inequalities - how commissioning can work to address key issues identified in the Marmot, as the importance of place is emphasised, including:
    • the increase in the health gap between wealthy and deprived areas
    • the slowing in life expectancy with people spending longer in poor health
    • the role of national guidance and leadership in reducing regional variation in care and access

The agenda:

  • Key issues for the commissioning of health services and opportunities going forward
  • Coordinating the response to COVID-19 and managing challenges post-COVID - using data, providing effective delivery, prioritising demand, resilience and governance
  • Commissioning specialised services - funding, care delivery, reducing variation and the impact of COVID-19
  • Priorities for effective service provision - using data to support decision making, establishing partnerships and adapting to changes in commissioning
  • Assessing the progress of streamlining, making efficiencies and population health management through the development of integrated care systems
  • CCG mergers - working strategically, cost-saving, performance and tackling financial challenges
  • Developments in the purchaser-provider split across the changing commissioning landscape
  • Collaborative working and commissioning public health services
  • Priorities for the effective utilisation of GPs in commissioning
  • Next steps for delivering commissioning for complex need and tackling health inequalities

Policy officials attending:

Our forums are known for attracting strong interest from policymakers and stakeholders.

Overall, we expect speakers and attendees to be a senior and informed group including Members of both Houses of Parliament, senior government and regulatory officials involved in this area of policy, as well as from the NHS including Clinical Commissioning Groups, Commissioning Support Units, PCNs, service providers, executive agencies, the independent and third sectors, pharmaceutical companies, patient groups, research organisations, law firms and consultancies, academics and think tanks, together with reporters from the national and specialist media.

This is a full-scale conference taking place online***

  • full, four-hour programme including comfort breaks - you’ll also get a full recording to refer back to
  • information-rich discussion involving key policymakers and stakeholders
  • conference materials provided in advance, including speaker biographies
  • speakers presenting via webcam, accompanied by slides if they wish, using the Cisco WebEx professional online conference platform (easy for delegates - we’ll provide full details)
  • opportunities for live delegate questions and comments with all speakers
  • a recording of the addresses, all slides cleared by speakers, and further materials, is made available to all delegates afterwards as a permanent record of the proceedings
  • delegates are able to add their own written comments and articles following the conference, to be distributed to all attendees and more widely
  • networking too - there will be opportunities for delegates to e-meet and interact - we’ll tell you how!

Full information and guidance on how to take part will be sent to delegates before the conference

Keynote Speaker

Professor James Kingsland

National Primary Care Home Clinical Director, National Association of Primary Care and Executive Chair, Institute of Healthcare Management

Keynote Speakers

Pauline Allen

Professor of Health Services Organisation, London school of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

Louise Patten

Chief Executive, NHS Clinical Commissioners

Simon Morioka

Co-Founder and Managing Partner, PPL

Professor James Kingsland

National Primary Care Home Clinical Director, National Association of Primary Care and Executive Chair, Institute of Healthcare Management


Anne Marie Morris MP


Dr Chad Hockey

Clinical Director, NHS Hammersmith and Fulham Clinical Commissioning Group

Ellen Rule

Director of Transformation and Service Redesign, Gloucestershire CCG

Dr Karen Kirkham

Senior Medical Advisor, Primary Care Provider Transformation, NHS England and NHS Improvement