Contracting for new care models

24 May 2017

Creative use of the contracting process is a critical factor in making new models of care happen. Without bold, robust contracting the theoretical benefits of more efficient, better integrated and higher quality care systems will not be realised.

Building on the success of previous innovative contracting events, PCC and Capsticks have again teamed up to share current good practice with commissioners and providers. The event uses case studies to allow delegates to explore how learning from other parts of the country can be reapplied to their local aspirations.

This event on 20 September in London and 15 November in North West is relevant for all organisations and staff involved in shaping new models of care and local solutions, particularly those involved in commissioning and contracting.

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