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In review: healthcare autumn conference

The Healthcare Group’s autumn conference in Birmingham was a packed day, with many speakers tackling the issues that most concern members working in the healthcare sector.

Clinical commissioning is occupying the minds of everyone in the primary healthcare world. Kathy Applebee, a management consultant and strategic partner at a large rural dispensing practice in Cornwall, reflected on her experiences in practice and as a RCGP Clinical Commissioning Champion. She highlighted the potential funding gap that NHS England faces of £20 billion by 2014/15, and stressed that this funding gap would soon become reality. Kathy maintained that it was time to accept the need for change, understand the requirements and help practices adapt.

The theme of change was also taken up by the keynote speaker Dr James Kingsland, who spoke about the need for reform not restructure, and the need for the NHS to deliver better quality care and efficiency by aligning clinical and financial capability. James is a senior partner in a practice in Wallasey as well as,the Department of Health’s National PBC Clinical Network Lead. James also serves on the NICE Commissioning steering group and works to support this government’s Reform agenda for the NHS.