GO Lab Better Commissioning Symposiums

GO Lab

On 17 & 24 May 2017, the GO Lab hosted our Better Commissioning Symposiums, the second and third instalments in a series of events looking at the practices of commissioning for outcomes in a given policy area. Bringing together senior commissioners in local government and the NHS, along with academics and practitioners, the first symposium explored opportunities for innovative commissioning practices around older people’s services whilst the second focussed on interventions for healthier lives. 

The timing of the symposiums was intended to help local commissioners make informed choices about applying to the Life Chances Fund, a government fund managed by the Big Lottery, that seeks to support outcomes based commissioning.

Both symposiums featured presentations from an outstanding group of guest speakers with expertise in the respective policy areas - these presentations are available to download below:


Better Commissioning for Healthy Lives


What Works: Outcomes for healthier lives

Nancy Hey, Chief Executive, What Works Centre


Social prescribing for long-term conditions

Professor Chris Drinkwater, Chair and Trustee Chair, Ways to Wellness


Commissioning for outcomes: Social investment bond & individual placement support

Nicola Bromage, Mental Health Commissioner, Stafford and Surrounds CCG; Adam Swersky, Associate Director, Social Finance


Creating healthy places

Rachel Toms, Insight & Standards Manager, Cities Programme, Design Council – Cabe


Developing an outcomes based approach: Stockport together case study

Ellie Bragan Turner, Senior Health Outcomes Analyst, Outcomes Based Health


Better Commissioning for Older People's Services


Life Chances Fund: Supporting older people through social impact bonds

Big Lottery Fund


Out of hospital care: Why move to outcome-based commissioning?

Professor John Bolton, Visiting Professor at the Institute of Public Care at Oxford Brookes University.


Maintaining independent living

Sue Adams, Chief Executive, Care and Repair England


Commissioning for Better Outcomes

Christine Lewington, Head of Strategic Commissioning, Warwick County Council


Combatting loneliness amongst older people

Jill Mortimer, Policy Manager, Age UK


Shared lives plus: Service innovations to tackle loneliness and isolation

Alex Fox, Chief Executive, Shared Lives Plus