In this video interview, recorded at the Nuffield Trust's 2011 Health Strategy Summit, Dr Stephen Dunn, Director of Strategy, NHS East of England, speaks to Nuffield Trust Chief Economist Anita Charlesworth about the measures they have taken in the East of England to introduce competition as a way of improving the quality of care.
Dr Dunn, who is responsible for developing competition and commercial capability, outlines the challenges and barriers his Strategic Health Authority (SHA) faced on the road to introducing greater competition. He discusses some of the key measures they have introduced, which include: the establishment of a commercial advisory board featuring independent sector and voluntary sector providers as a way of improving dialogue between the NHS and new partners; the establishment of an independent competition panel to help resolve potential issues; and the role they played, along with six SHAs, to lead the way nationally on conducting health market analysis.
Dr Dunn discusses the practical challenges to the competition agenda that resulted from the previous Government’s ‘NHS as preferred provider’ policy. Despite these challenges, he outlines how NHS East of England were able to move forward with innovative transactions, including the first competition process for a foundation trust to take over a struggling NHS Trust at Bedfordshire and Luton Mental Health Trust.
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