​NHS Director visits our CSU​

On 31 October, members of the South East CSU senior leadership team had the opportunity to meet Ian Dodge, NHS England's National Director for Commissioning Strategy.

Ian Dodge has a keen interest in the development of CSUs following the involvement of him and his team in the architecture of the commissioning support unit. This was Ian's first meeting with a CSU since his appointment and gave him the chance to understand the challenges and opportunities faced by CSUs.

Managing Director Nick Relph and Managing Partner Daryl Robertson shared with Ian the journey so far for South East CSU. They identified the lessons we have learned in our work with clinical commissioning groups and the adaptions we have made to reflect their needs.

They also explained the reasons behind the merge of South London and Kent and Medway commissioning support units, to allow us to pool our skills and prepare for the Lead Provider Framework (LPF).

Ian was then given a presentation on Outcome Based Commissioning, in which he showed particular interest in how it fits with the five year forward view that he has been involved in developing.

We also shared our plans for building a scale Business Intelligence solution that would enhance the depth and flexibility of the CSU offer.

Ian also met the Solutions Delivery team and they walked him through our Workforce application. We then discussed primary care co-commissioning and where CSUs might add value here.

Nick Relph said: "Overall, it was a positive and constructive visit. Ian Dodge is in a position to really understand what challenges the CSUs are facing and the good work we are doing for and with our customers."