Planning in a volatile environment: how will the NHS reconcile its competing priorities and operational planning to meet its challenges?
What does the ‘2022/23 priorities and operational planning guidance’ document mean for the NHS, for Integrated Care System (ICS) development and for an NHS workforce still battling COVID? How realistic and achievable are the priorities set out, and how can Pharma and Medtech best help NHS leaders to achieve these goals?
Caroline Dawe (Deputy Director of Commissioning, Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group [CCG]) joined Tom Clarke (Director, Mtech Access) to explore all this and more in our live webinar on Friday 28th January at 2.00 pm.
In our first #WhispersWordsofWisdom webinar of 2022, Caroline Dawe joined Tom Clarke to take a look at the ‘2022/23 priorities and operational planning guidance’ document published by NHS England on 24th December 2021. This document purports to set out NHS England’s plans and priorities for the year ahead.
Caroline and Tom discussed the content of the document and its expected impact on different areas of the NHS and how it relates to other guidance and agendas. We explored how multiple levels of guidance are managed, such as how this document will work alongside the development of ICSs.
Tom and Caroline discussed how realistic the expectations set out in the guidance are within a much-constrained NHS that is still battling COVID, and which priorities stand out as achievable and desirable.
Together, they put the document in context for our Pharma and Medtech clients to evaluate what these changes may mean for UK market access and how industry can best support the NHS with these challenges and priorities.
Caroline has spent the majority of her working career in the NHS working in operational and commissioning roles. Caroline joined South Gloucestershire CCG as Deputy Director of Commissioning for performance improvement in October 2021, to support the CCG in the move towards ICSs.
Prior to this, Caroline worked at University Hospital Plymouth NHS Trust the Medicines Care Group Manager, a large care group with over 2,000 employees and a £160m budget, with a range of specialties from emergency department, general medicine to haematology and immunology, and oncology. She also led and created the Acute Assessment Unit, a bridge between community and acute services.
With her deep experience in operational leadership roles, her focus on commissioning and her recent experience in acute care, we are excited to hear Caroline’s thoughts on the paper and the future of the NHS more widely.
We were delighted to welcome Caroline to the Whispers’ Words of Wisdom webinar series.
This webinar forms part of our monthly Whispers’ Words of Wisdom series, that sees our UK market access team have in-depth, comprehensive conversations with senior colleagues from the NHS. We explore what their immediate priorities are, what they see as the greatest challenges currently faced by the NHS, and how the NHS might respond to these challenges.
Our previous webinars are available on demand:
- December 2021: Panel discussion: ‘The evolving NHS: How can Pharma and Medtech support the NHS in 2022?’ With experts on policy, hospitals, finance, primary care, systems, and medicines
- October 2021: ‘Optimising the NHS – How will medicines be valued in integrated systems?’ with guest speaker Ellen Rule (Programme Director, Gloucestershire ICS)
- September 2021: ‘A new paradigm for the NHS: Partnering to deliver lasting and meaningful care improvements’ with guest speaker Dr Phil Webb (Chief Executive of Respiratory Innovation Wales)
- August 2021: ‘Innovations to address health inequalities in the NHS and how Pharma and Medtech can help’ with guest speaker Jon Siddall (Chief Executive of South West AHSN)
- June 2021: ‘The hidden heroes of the NHS – The role of Ambulance Trusts in keeping patients and systems moving’ with guest speaker Helen Ray (Chief Executive of North East Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust)
- May 2021: ‘Population to Person – how will the voice of the individual drive health & care development?’ with guest speaker Steph Edusei (Chief Executive of St Oswald’s Hospice)
- April 2021: ‘Know your Place – where will power really sit in the new NHS?’ with guest speaker Dr Steven Michael OBE (Chair of East Cheshire Partnership)
- March 2021: ‘Pharmacy, Medicines, and Specialised Commissioning in the new NHS’ with guest speaker Professor Inderjit Singh (Chief Pharmacist at University Hospitals Birmingham)
- February 2021: ‘The White Paper and integrated care in the NHS: What it really means in practice for clinicians, patients and us’ with guest speaker Dr John Ribchester (GP and Clinical Director at Whitstable Primary Care Network)
- January 2021: ‘Heads at the heart of the NHS: How mental health is central to everything in the new NHS’ with guest speaker Brent Kilmurray (Chief Executive of Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust)
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