Signposts out of learned helplessness: An introduction to NHS commissioning

The primary objective of this workshop is to conceptualise the NHS Business environment for clinical psychologists and in particular introduce the New NHS Commissioning Systems and Opportunities for Clinical Leadership.


09:00 Registration/Tea and Coffee
09:30 Event starts
16:30 Event ends



  • To provide updates on both current DH and DCP commissioning issues by local commissioners and leaders in the profession who will also provide a basic introduction to business case development and the Any Qualified Provider tendering systems
  • To provide a forum for discussion, exchange of ideas / innovation and networking opportunities among peers and to meet the new DCP Chair.

Benefits of attending

  • A better understanding of the changing working environment
  • A better understand of ways to respond to it  for the benefit of service users and carers, and also to support personal wellbeing and job satisfaction

Provisional programme

09:00 Arrival, drinks and networking
Chair for morning session: Pam Skinner, Chair, DCP West Midlands Branch

09:30 Introduction to the day and context for Commissioning
Pam Skinner

10:00 New Commissioning structures "Putting the Q in Any Qualified Provider"
Yvette Sheward, Local NHS Commissioner and Strategic Lead for Integrated Governance

11:00 Refreshment break 

11:30 How to write/contribute to a business case for a commissioner (introduction/refresher)
Alan Turrell, Local NHS commissioner and Cluster lead for Procurement   

12:30 DCP West Midlands Branch AGM (or lunch) 

13:00 Lunch

Chair for Afternoon session: Felix Davies, Chair, Regional Advisory Committee for Applied Psychological Services

13:30 Reflections on Personal resilience in a Changing Environment 
Professor Delia Cushway 

14:15 The DCP Strategy and NHS Commissioning 
Richard Pemberton, DCP Chair and Sarajane Aris, DCP Lead
15:00 Refreshment break 

15:30 What do commissioners want? 
Innovations in the West Midlands Clinical Psychology Services 
Various scenarios presented by local leading clinicians 

16:00 Questions and future events 

16:30 Close

Booking information

Bookings for this event are now closed.


Holiday Inn, Birmingham city centre
Smallbrook Queensway
B5 4EW

Tue, 11/12/2012 -
09:00 to 16:30
Contact Information: 
Any enquiries please contact KC Jones on +44 (0)1332 227776.
Alternatively, you can contact Member Network Services on +44 (0)116 2529515.
Division of Clinical Psychology West Midlands Branch