SHCA discusses specialised commissioning with NHS England leadership

On 23rd September, members of the Specialised Healthcare Alliance met the Chief Executive of NHS England, Simon Stevens, the Medical Director, Sir Bruce Keogh and Dr Paul Watson, Chair of the Specialised Commissioning Oversight Group, to discuss changes in specialised commissioning.

Discussion covered NHS England’s future intentions in relation to the scope and commissioning arrangements for specialised services, as well as the perspectives of the patient organisations in attendance, Anthony Nolan, the Cystic Fibrosis Trust and the Neurological Alliance. The Alliance emphasised the advantages of nationally-led specialised commissioning and the need to avoid confusing budget-holding and responsibility through otherwise desirable collaboration with CCGs.

Attendees were pleased to note the priority being attached to specialised commissioning and expressed their desire to work constructively with NHS England on any changes in future. In that regard, Simon Stevens reassured the Alliance that a measured approach would be adopted, with more significant changes likely to be deferred until 2016/17.