Procurement Champions Network Event: The Changing face of Procurement and Commissioning
Date: 15 December 2010
Time: 10:00 - 16:00
ACEVO Member Price £50
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While much of our attention in the last few months has focused on the impact of spending cuts, it is easy to forget how quickly the Coalition has made some changes. This opens up the risk that the sector is likely to be unprepared for new challenges and it will therefore miss opportunities.
The day will start with an overview of where procurement and commissioning is headed, what the aims of government appear to be, and what pilots and approaches are being undertaken. This will then open up a debate on the New Green Paper and Consultation on Third Sector Commissioning being undertaken by the Office of Civil Society. Delegates will have a unique opportunity to liaise directly with the civil servants leading this process.
The focus will then move on to offer an insight into three particular aspects of how procurement and commissioning are being taken forward; Personalisation, GP Commissioning and Local Authority out sourcing. Each speaker will consider what is likely to happen, what opportunities this presents for the sector and how the sector should best frame its response to ensure it wins the work that is available.
Speakers and Topics Covered
- Emma Jones of the Office of Civil Society will provide an overview of how national policy is hoping to transform commissioning and procurement and will use the opportunity to discuss with champions the Green Paper and Consultation on Third Sector Commissioning, which is being published at the end of November.
- Natasha Curry of the Kings Fund will talk about how GP commissioning is going to transform the health sector and will look at how civil society should respond.
- Amy Richards of ACEVO will talk about the future of personalisation in public services and look at how the ACEVO Commission on Personalisation has led to a major piece of work in Lambeth supporting the sector to prepare itself to deliver
- Richard Catherall of Suffolk County Council will talk about how Suffolk County Council are taking a radical approach to cutting costs, buy outsourcing all of their activities.
About the Procurement Champions Network
Procurement is one of the key issues facing the long term survival of the third sector. For many frontline groups the reality is that they must either ensure their services are procured by some form of governmental body or they will find they are out-competed, unfunded and on the scrap heap. Helping groups through this is clearly a very big challenge.
The procurement champions are the people who do this on a daily basis. They are drawn from the various local, regional and technical third sector support agencies and umbrella bodies around the country. They play a crucial role in helping third sector service providers develop in a way which enables them provide services to you as a public sector commissioner.
The network has been developed in partnership by ACEVO (The Association of Chief Executives of Voluntary Organisations) and NAVCA (the National Association for Voluntary and Community Action). It aims to provide a unique opportunity for the professional development of the champions, by creating opportunities for strategic leadership, networking, and peer support. It aims to equip the champions to go back into their communities armed with knowledge and skills that enable them to have a bigger impact in how they deliver their work.
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