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Monday 18 December 2017
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Leading panel of speakers comment on co-commissioning at Commissioning LIVE London

Recent events relating to clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) were the main focus at this year’s Commissioning LIVE London.

Recent events relating to clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) were the main focus at this year’s Commissioning LIVE London.

Held on Thursday 5 March at Olympia London, the conference’s opening panel addressed the recent changes that CCGs are going through and the links with the Five Year Forward View.

Co-commissioning is welcomed within the profession ­– a general theme that resonated amongst all the speakers.

The panel’s speakers, Amanda Doyle, Nadim Fazlani and Mike Bewick agreed that co-commissioning is a positive step, making sure patients are at the centre of care.

According to Bewick there is now a strong economic argument that there should be a new deal for primary care and out of hospital care.

Doyle, chair of the NHS clinical commissioners, said: “Co-commissioning gives us a better chance in treating patients outside of hospital.”

And Bewick went on to say: “Never has there been a better opportunity to shift because it is now within the hands of the people who understand.”

The general consensus was that co-commissioning will enable the commissioners, jointly with local services, to do what is right for the population. “We shouldn’t legislate we should encourage and innovate,” explained Bewick.

Doyle said: “The Five Year Forward View is welcomed because it gave us an impression that doing things differently is possible.

“It very much puts us in a situation to focus locally.”