Published Wed, 2011-11-23 17:54; updated 4 years ago.

The commissioning of health services was the theme of the seventh, and final, seminar to be held as part of the Mid Staffordshire Public Inquiry.

The seminar, which took place on 3 November 2011 in London, considered the role of commissioning bodies in relation to the events at Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust. It looked at the issues raised at the Inquiry, such the balance between commissioners and other parts of the system, and the role and skills of commissioners in commissioning high-quality care focused on patients' needs.

It included presentations by and interviews with key speakers Judith Smith, head of policy at the Nuffield Trust; Dr David Colin‐Thome, former national clinical director for primary care; Conor Burke, director of commissioning support for NHS Outer North East London, and Dr Ken Aswani, a GP and medical director of the Outer North East Cluster.

The seven seminars, held around the country between 13 October and 3 November 2011, were organised to explore the "forward-looking" part of the Inquiry’s terms of reference. 

Their aim was to enable a broader discussion on some of the key themes raised by evidence to the Inquiry, which resumed for closing submissions on 21 November.

The seminars will not make recommendations to the chairman, Robert Francis QC, but will contribute to the material he considers when he drafts his final report.