Public Eye - Spring/Summer 2014

Welcome to the third issue of Public Eye, in which we are taking an in-depth look at commissioning.

Welcome to the third issue of Public Eye, in which we are taking an in-depth look at commissioning.

Through a range of articles and commentaries from partners at Weightmans and external industry experts, this edition examines how commissioning can be used as a vehicle to deliver better outcomes at a lower cost, the issue of more integrated commissioning across the public sector and how the public and private sector need to change their approach to deliver this.

It is clear that fast paced cultural change is sweeping through the public sector. As Brian Mangan, Procurement Lead at NHS NW Procurement Development explains in his article the traditional approach to supplier relationships is changing beyond all recognition.

When looking to the future of the public sector, many believe the answer lies in a radical transformation in the way services are delivered, and this is where the relationship with the private sector – and the way in which local authorities commission services from it – becomes absolutely crucial. In their article, Simon Goacher and Vincent King from Weightmans explore this in greater depth.

Another welcome contribution comes from Michael O’Toole, the Government’s first crown representative for the voluntary, community and social enterprise sector who explains how public services have to be increasingly creative in order to make the most of their budgets and how procurement can be influenced through education, communication and support. We are also pleased to include an interview with Mark Palethorpe, Corporate Director of Strategic Commissioning at Cheshire West and Chester Council who talks about what it is like to work at "a different type of council" and the giant strides they are making in embracing alternative commissioning approaches.

Enjoy the read. As ever, your feedback and views are very welcome.

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