Effective commissioners are crucial to securing quality healthcare within a dynamic and resource constrained landscape. A detailed understanding of the commissioning function enables commissioners to engage with the market effectively for improved investment in healthcare and maximised value for money.
Professional development is an valuable component to London’s goal of achieving value for money and high quality services for patients and taxpayer. In 2009, the University of Birmingham were commissioned on behalf of London’s PCT chief executives to developed a two-year Masters (MSc) in Healthcare Commissioning course.
The course is delivered at the University of Birmingham’s renowned Health Services Management Centre, covering the full commissioning agenda in depth. Modules offered included strategic commissioning, decision-making and priority setting, procurement and market management and the dynamics of delivery.
Between 2009 and 2011, 81 students from every healthcare commissioning trust in London enrolled onto the programme. Over two years of study, they examined the entire commissioning cycle in detail, to benefit their individual career development and the healthcare community through the provision of qualified professionals who will inform and support the evolution of healthcare commissioning.