Contracting for new care models

5 December 2017

Creative use of the contracting process is a critical factor in making new models of care happen. Without bold, robust contracting the theoretical benefits of more efficient, better integrated and higher quality care systems will not be realised.

Building on the success of previous innovative contracting events, PCC will share current good practice with commissioners and providers. The event, delivered by lawyers from Hill Dickinson with extensive experience of working with areas implementing MCP/ACO contracts, uses case studies to allow delegates to explore how learning from other parts of the country can be reapplied to their local aspirations. It also provides a clear update on the latest NHS England policy position on contracting arrangements for accountable care systems.

This event on 8 February in Birmingham and on 8 March in London and is relevant for organisations and staff involved in commissioning and contracting for new models of care and local solutions.

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