System design: How can NEDs play their role?

02 February 2017

As we move to implement the Five Year Forward View and, in particular, the shift towards population based budgets and the NHS version of accountable care, there is a temptation to believe that these changes are simply focused on providers and integrating primary, community, social, mental health and acute services. That would be wrong! All of this requires us to think about the changing role for commissioners and the contribution they must make for sustainability and transformation to occur.

Let's unpack this a bit... it could be asserted that -

The commissioning function

  • is critical in designing this future system, bringing commissioning spend together and using it to shape the desired alliance of providers;
  • is needed to orchestrate the necessary alliances and relationships between providers to create new organisational forms and financial flows;
  • sets the parameters of change through creating place based and pathway based budgets as alternatives to silo based contracting models;
  • has on ongoing role to quality assure / monitor performance of providers;
  • will manage future service failures and market entrants;
  • provides the necessary accountability for the public on achieving value for money and outcomes for the money spent.

In a unique opportunity for NEDs Sir Malcolm Grant, the highly respected Chairman of NHS England, will discuss all of these issues. The conversation will be as important for provider NEDS as for Commissioning NEDS.

In a 'need to know first' world, we believe the session will help all boards prepare for the implementation of STP plans, manage regulatory challenge and understand how commissioning will play its part in shaping the future of the NHS.

This event will take place on Friday 24th February 2017 between 9:30am - 12:30pm in our London offices.

If you would like to register, or have any further queries on the programme please contact healthneds@uk.pwc.com.

Mike Farrar, Chair of PwC's Public Sector Health Board

Email | +44 (0) 20 7804 4019

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