Alastair Whitington, Consultant Editor for Specialised Commissioning, explains why joint working should not be viewed as collaboration with the enemy
Welcome to the November 2019 issue of Specialised Commissioning—a publication that highlights best practice, opportunities, and challenges in the commissioning and provision of specialised healthcare.
Too often in the NHS, joint working is viewed as collaboration with the enemy rather than working in partnership to successfully achieve an aim. However, collaborative commissioning is key to the future delivery of specialised services. The Manual for Prescribed Specialised Services 2018/19 outlines which elements of the 149 specialised services are commissioned and funded by NHS England, and which are commissioned and funded by CCGs.1 For the majority of the specialised services commissioned by NHS England, the care pathways include services commissioned and funded by CCGs and local authorities. Shared objectives, joined‑up planning, and coordinated investment are necessary if these services are to efficiently and effectively deliver the expected outcomes.