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Workshop: Commissioning & contracting – the do’s and don'ts

  • Thursday, 23rd October 2014

Workshop: Commissioning & contracting – the do’s and don'ts

For GP Federations and Clinical Commissioning Groups

When: Thursday 23rd October 2014, 1.30pm - 4.30pm
Where: Ward Hadaway, Sandgate House, 102 Quayside, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 3DX
Cost: This seminar is free for GP Federations and CCGs
(Free parking and light lunch on arrival)

GP practices around the country are forming federations in order to deliver services more effectively. Federations represent an opportunity for innovative service delivery, and will often be the providers best placed to deliver certain services for patients. However, uncertainty about the procurement rules and concern about conflicts of interest can hamper their discussions with CCGs.

This workshop is a perfect opportunity for both federations and CCGs to gain a better understanding of the NHS procurement regime, and how their organisations can work together for mutual benefit without breaching the rules.

Drawing on their experience of advising in these areas, our speakers will discuss topics including:

  • How can CCGs get the best out of GP federations while meeting their legal obligations?
  • What do GP federations need to do to improve their chances of winning contracts?
  • What might contracting arrangements for federations look like, and what alternative models are emerging?

Alison Oliver, Associate, Ward Hadaway
Alison specialises in advising GPs and other healthcare providers on commercial and regulatory law relevant to the sector. She has helped set up numerous GP provider federations and advises on healthcare contracting matters.

Sarah Podesta, Associate, Ward Hadaway
Sarah regularly advises NHS and other healthcare organisations on issues relating to competition, procurement and contracting. She has worked within the Co-operation and Competition Panel and Monitor, and has a master's degree in Healthcare Policy and Management.

Scott McKenzie, Healthcare Consultant, BW Medical Accountants
Scott has worked in the healthcare sector for over 17 years. He is now widely recognised as a leading provider of specialist support to NHS organisations and independent healthcare providers on all aspects of service transformation, commissioning and service provision.

To reserve a place, please contact Ashleigh Chisholm on 0191 204 4046 or Email

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