After a courteous and appropriately geological welcome from Dorset CCG, and under the chairmanship of Chris Ham, the first plenary at the NHS Alliance's 2012 conference saw Dr Michael Dixon, Chair of the Alliance, deliver an exciting and challenging statement of where we are now and where we need to be. We have won a fifteen-year campaign for clinical commissioning, which will happen from April 2013, he said, but the forces of reaction and centralism will not give up power without a fight. What we need now is less a National Health Service, more a National Health System or a National Health Partnership.
Dame Barbara Hakin of the NHS Commissioning Board gave a tour d'horizon of the present situation. CCGs were reporting back that authorisation has been a helpful exercise. We are now ninety working days away from the new system
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Knowledge4commissioning will be exhibiting at the NHS Alliance 2012 conference in Bournemouth on Wednesday 21 and Thursday 22 November. The conference organisers have allowed generous time for networking, so come and see us on our stand to find out more about how our knowledge specialists can help you commission on the basis of the best evidence.
Some of our team are also delegates at the conference, so you may bump into us: if you see Tricia Ellis, Natalie Gabe, Erica Rae, Mike Roddham, Tom Roper or Marzena Szczepanska in a session, do say hello.