NHS Commercial Solutions
After graduating from Kings College and the London School of Economics, Alyson began her career in the retail procurement sector, and then as an NHS Graduate trainee and has continued as a procurement professional ever since.
Prior to her appointment as the CEO of NHS Commercial Solutions in July 2007, Alyson held the post of Procurement Director for the Surrey and Sussex NHS Supply Management Confederation, and has held a number of strategic and operational senior roles along the way and completed an MBA from Reading University.
Having worked as a procurement professional in the NHS for 37 years – 19 of which have been within collaborative working environments – Alyson is firmly convinced of procurement’s key role in the delivery of quality improvements as well as in the achievement of value for money. Alyson has a strong commitment to building and developing strategic partnerships designed to improve patient care.
10:05 am - 10:35 am
Commercialism and commissioning: Driving value for money
Theatre: Finance and Corporate
Austerity has impelled public sector organisations to seek novel and new ways to secure value for money. Key among these is developing a more commercially focussed mind-set that will help secure greater efficiency gains and, in turn, more funds for public services. For this, panel, attendees will discuss:
- Pioneering ways public sector organisations are finding new sources of revenue without compromising public service values
- Training staff to acquire a more commercial mind-frame and providing them with the right support and institutional structures to succeed
- Developing procurement skills and the effective handling of frameworks and contracts
- Using bespoke companies, trading organisations and investment vehicles to help stimulate growth that can be re-invested back in public services