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NHS Services – CCG Commissioning Issues Need Attention

Sometimes we get a "comment" on a post that is so interesting, we want to run it as a full article on the basis that […]

Surrey NHS Commissioning – Surely An Avoidable Legal Battle

The county of Surrey is gaining an unwanted reputation for screwing up NHS commissioning-type procurement exercises. After Virgin won £2 million in damages last year, […]

The NHS Commissioning Revolution – And Why It Might Fail (Part 3)

In part 1 and part 2 we looked at the way the NHS is trying to move from a commissioning model for service provision to […]

The NHS Commissioning Revolution – And Why It Might Fail (Part 2)

In part 1, we talked about how the NHS is looking to move from an approach to service delivery based on competition and contracts to […]

The NHS Commissioning Revolution – And Why It Might Fail (Part 1)

Back in November at the HCSA (Healthcare Supplies Association) conference, I covered many major issues relevant to NHS procurement. Probably the most important in many […]

Public Spend Forum Europe – Public Procurement Highlights from this Week

Public Spend Forum Europe is dedicated to European public sector procurement, and aims to be a global community and knowledge network for public procurement and the public […]

New Options for the NHS, but will Competition Law Intervene?

The UK's National Health Service (NHS) is facing probably its greatest challenge ever. The finances of the system are at breaking point, achievement of targets […]

CHPI Report on Health Contracting – Poor Contract Management the Norm?

The Centre for Health and the Public Interest (CHPI) is an independent think tank committed to health and social care policies based on accountability and […]

Commissioning as a strategic tool for public organisations

We featured the collection of Dave Orr’s pieces on Southwest One the other day, but we also had an email from him last week around […]

Commissioning and Procurement (part 3) – the implications for skills

So, through part 1 and 2 of this series (see here and here, and do look at all the really insightful comments we’ve had from […]

Procurement and commissioning – is this the difference?

In our first piece here on this topic we showed that the core processes of commissioning and procurement are very similar. (By the way, thanks […]

Procurement and Commissioning – is there REALLY a difference?

This week we’re going to stop going on about central government procurement and the arguments around centralisation. Instead we'll look at an issue is arguably […]