• Clarity, openness and trust: Avoiding conflict

    14 January 2019

    No one wants to reach a point where conflict resolution between commissioner, contract manager and provider is necessary. Constructive relationships are vital for the successful implementation of primary care networks, which as the NHS Long Term Plan makes clear will soon include all GP practices.

    Investment in building relationships can save a lot of time and stress later on should performance or contract compliance issues arise.

    A new workshop promises to equip delegates to prevent conflict in commissioning and contract management relationships. It also aims to increase their confidence in managing situations where conflict may arise.

    The one day session on 26 March in Manchester, 25 April in London and 14 May in Birmingham focuses first on preventing conflict, providing tips to build collaborative relationships and processes to make them work. It looks at mechanisms to pre-empt conflict and practical solutions to prevent escalation to a formal conflict resolution process.

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  • Integrated care systems - practical steps for primary care

    14 January 2019

    As the move towards integrated care systems accelerates what practical steps can those involved take to include the crucial partner – primary care.

    At this interactive workshop on 19 March in Birmingham and 23 April in Manchester we will hear from a leading lawyer who has worked with all parties on care integration, and has made steps forward using existing contract flexibilities and alliance contracts. A presenter from NHS Dudley CCG will share learning from their journey towards a contractual approach for integrated care and how primary care has been and continues to be partners in the process.

    This session is essential for those working in or with integrated care systems and who wish to get effective involvement of primary care, understanding what works (and doesn’t) from those who have taken steps already.

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  • NAO highlights ‘significant weaknesses’ in value for money of NHS and local government

    14 January 2019

    According to a report by the National Audit Office (NAO), the number of NHS and local government bodies with significant weaknesses in their arrangements for delivering value for money for taxpayers is unacceptably high and increasing.

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  • CCG allocations 2019/20 to 2023/24

    14 January 2019

    NHS England has published a document setting out the changes made to target CCG allocations for 2019/20, the pace of change rules, and the assumptions used to set the overall CCG allocations growth rate.

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  • NHS Improvement guidance for trusts’ operational plans

    14 January 2019

    Following the publication in late December of operational and contracting guidance, NHS Improvement has issued further details for trusts in the form of a technical annex.

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