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*Collaboration NI event: Alliance Contracting - Building New Collaborations

Friday, September 18, 2015 - 10:00 to 12:30
Farset International, 466 Springfield Rd, Belfast BT12 7DW

Alliance Contracting, is this the answer to radically change how public services are delivered through a partnership between Voluntary, Community & Social Enterprise (VCSE) Sector and the Public Sector?

 ‘Alliance contracting is a contractual arrangement that relies on all parties having an equal decision-making role in the delivery of services. It is a mechanism for delivering joined up services and delivery’  ACEVO 2015

 A recent report produced in England on alliance contracting cited this form of collaboration as the tool to ‘enable the NHS to work better with the third sector and get better at providing care in the community. Its pathway of action is ‘horizontal,’ which is different to the ‘vertical’ contracting structures that are characteristic of a prime contractor sub-contracting out to smaller bodies.

 It requires proactive commissioning and a more thoughtful approach to procurement. So that commissioners and providers may have the knowledge and resource they need to effectively deploy alliance contracting, it is clear that collaborative commissioning should be explicitly supported by the next government. Alongside national guidelines, however, third sector bodies need to be proactive in encouraging the sector to recognise the benefits of alliancing, and how to be a truly valuable part of integrated care in the NHS.

 The policy symposium will be an opportunity to hear from the report authors and showcase particular models that could help to shape and change public services in Northern Ireland. 


09:30am         Registration, Tea & coffee

10:00am         Introduction & Welcome, Nora Smith, CollaborationNI

10.15am       What are Alliancing, Alliance Contracting and what are the key features?

Dr Linda Hutchinson, Director, LH Alliances

10.45am       General Lessons and challenges from setting up Alliances in UK Public Sector Environments

  Mark Winter, Director ACEVO Solutions 

11.15am       Being involved in an Alliance Contract from a VCSE perspective

 Aisling Duffy, Chief Executive, Certitude

11.45am       Questions and Answers

12.15pm       Conclusion & Close, & Nora Smith, CollaborationNI

12:30pm       Close

There is no cost to attend this event.

To register please email rachel@co3.bz or Tel: 028 90 245 356.

*CollaborationNI was commissioned and financed by the Building Change Trust and is delivered in partnership by CO3, NICVA, and Stellar Leadership.

For further information please see www.collaborationni.org

Dr Linda Hutchinson MB,BS MSc MRCPCH, Director, LH Alliances Ltd

Linda Hutchinson is Director of LH Alliances, a specialist consultancy providing alliance facilitation services. She is passionate about the power of collaboration in creating innovation through pooling diverse perspectives. She led the development of the first alliance contract in health and social care in the UK, in mental health services in Stockport and is currently working with a number of localities around the country.

Linda is a paediatrician with 25 years’ experience and has previous led improvement initiatives and change programmes at local and national level

Mark Winter, Director, ACEVO Solutions

Mark is co-author of ACEVO’s 2015 report on Alliance Contracting. Building on private sector business development experience and contracting insight gained with a FTSE 100 services company, Mark supports ACEVO members to build their capacity through business development, bid and contract support, and training.

Mark is committed to securing a greater role for the third sector in the delivery of public services and other business opportunities. That is why much of his time is spent positioning clients to effectively engage with the market development and procurement phases of the commissioning cycle. As well as a professional commitment to the sector, Mark is an active volunteer for several charities, including as a trustee of Ways to Wellness, a social prescribing organisation.

Aisling Duffy, Chief Executive – Certitude

Chief Executive of Certitude, a not for profit organisation providing a range of person centred support options for 1,300 people with learning disabilities and mental health needs in London. Previously Chief Executive of Southside Partnership, she led the merger of it with Support for Living to form Certitude in 2010.  Aisling started her career in psychology and has spent the past 20 years working within not for profit organisations, seeking to improve opportunities for people with learning disabilities and people with mental health needs. 

Certitude is one of five organisations [2 not for profits, a local authority, a CCG and an NHS Foundation Trust] that recently formed an alliance to offer people with serious mental illness who currently go into long-term, expensive hospital rehabilitation wards or registered care homes the chance to live more independently in the community. Aisling chairs the Alliance Leadership Team that governs the Lambeth Integrated Personalised Support Alliance (IPSA).

Born in Ireland Aisling has lived and worked in London for 25 years.