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Virtual conference for commissioning teams
16 Sep 2009
World class commissioning assurance - launch of Year 2 16 September 2009, London

Welcome to the virtual conference
for world class commissioning assurance - launch of Year 2

Nearly 400 SHA and PCT CEOs, chairs, PEC chairs and key partners gathered in London on 16 September to hear about the refined assurance framework for Year 2.

NHS commissioning teams and other interested parties are invited to watch this event here.

  • Watch the keynotes, panel discussion and interactive workshop sessions
  • Download presentations, podcasts and associated documentation, vital for your role
  • Gather practical support to develop your strategic commissioning skills and capabilities

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Gary Belfield, Acting Director General for Commissioning & System Management Directorate (C&SM) DH
Welcome and introduction

David Nicholson, Chief Executive, NHS
Video message

Gary Belfield, Acting Director General for Commissioning & System Management Directorate (C&SM) DH
WCC assurance Year 2

John Parkes, Chief Executive, NHS Northamptonshire
The impact of world class commissioning on PCT commissioning

Sophia Christie, Chief Executive, NHS Birmingham East and North
The impact of world class commissioning on PCT commissioning

Refreshments and networking
Scenario planning: the impact of different financial scenarios seminar 1
Janet Perry, Financial Controller, DH Michael Schofield, Director of Finance, NHS Brighton & Hove City. This seminar explores key changes to the finance component of the framework. This includes the need for PCTs to prioritise investment and disinvestment in the light of the new requirement to plan for different financial scenarios.

Robust strategic planning seminar 2
Ros Roughton, Director of Strategy and System Reform, NHS Yorkshire & the Humber Graham Urwin, Chief Executive, NHS Stoke-on-Trent This seminar provides practical guidance on how to ensure the strategic plan is robust, taking account of the requirement to deliver increased quality, improved health outcomes, and reduced inequalities, in the context of financial constraint and the even greater need for productivity.

Strengthening community partnerships: the twin challenge of improving outcomes while delivering efficiencies seminar 3
Maggie Rae, Director of Public Health, Wiltshire County Council and PCT Hugh Annett, Director of Public Health, Bristol City Council and PCT This seminar explores areas of mutual opportunity for joint working between local authorities and PCTs, and what different partnership models can offer. The session will also address how to measure the impact of partnership working.

Working effectively with providers to stimulate the market seminar 4
Bruce Potter, Deal Execution Team Lead, DH Mike Parish, Chair, NHS Partners Network This seminar helps virtual delegates understand this year’s key changes to competencies 1, 2, 7, 9 and 10. It explores how PCTs can gain a real understanding of the challenges and opportunities presented by the market, and what stimulating the market really means.

Lunch and information stands
Robust analysis of spend and its impact on health benefit (competency 11) seminar 5
Dr Penny Dash, Partner, McKinsey & Company John Parkes, Chief Executive, NHS Northamptonshire This seminar explores the principles described in competency 11, how to measure health benefit against spend and how to use this analysis to make effective commissioning decisions.

The connected board: getting a grip on the challenges ahead seminar 6
Robert Harris, Policy Director, Monitor Kay Sonneborn, Chair, Sutton & Merton PCT This seminar provides practical advice on the key challenges facing boards. In particular, it addresses the role of the board in managing risk and the emphasis in WCC Year 2 on board ownership and responsibility for strategic development and delivery.

Jim Easton, National Director of Improvement and Efficiency, DH
Productivity and efficiency

Expert panel Q&A session
Sophia Christie Chief Executive NHS Birmingham East & North Dr Stephen Shortt, GP & PEC Chair, NHS Nottinghamshire County Jan Sobieraj, Chief Executive, NHS Sheffield

Gary Belfield, Acting Director General for Commissioning & System Management Directorate (C&SM) DH
Closing remarks