What does pharma need to know in order to ensure a successful partnership at local level? Join the ABPI NHS Partnership Team managers, together with local stakeholders including senior members of AHSNs and CCGs, to enhance your understanding of the new local NHS with a specific focus on joint working. The events, "Joint working - why should we bother? Understanding the regional view" will be held in the South, Midlands and East, London and North regions, starting in Reading on May 10. 

  • Friday 10 May – South:  Hilton Reading, Drake Way, Reading, RG2 0GQ
  • Friday 24 May – Midlands & East:  Hilton Leicester, Junction 21 M1, Leicester, LE19 1WQ
  • Thursday 13 June – London:  Hilton Heathrow Terminal 4, Heathrow Airport, Hounslow, Middlesex, TW6 3AF
  • Wednesday 26 June – North: Village Hotel South Leeds, Capitol Boulevard West, Tingley, Leeds, LS27 0TS 

Di VeghDi Vegh is the ABPI's NHS Partnership manager for the South region, a vast area with a population of 13.4 million. The region has "a budget of £21.1 billion and 110 NHS organisations. There are 1,873 GP practices, 34 local authorities (with three unitaries), four clinical senates, five Academic Health Science Networks, seven Area Teams, three specialised commissioning hubs and 51 CCGs."  She explains in Pharmaceutical Field why and how the ABPI are using regional joint working strategies to deal with the "complex structure" of  the changing NHS:

"Each of us has produced a regional business plan, aligned to member company priorities, broadly supporting our themes of value and partnership, and clustered around 11 core corporate objectives... We’ve segmented our rapidly evolving customer base and developed stakeholder maps for engagement. But pivotal to helping us navigate this complex structure has been the establishment of our Regional Industry Groups or RIGs, one per region, which meet monthly. General managers of our member companies have nominated senior representatives to sit on these groups, and we are adding associates who will join us virtually, i.e. online, via WebEx and telephone conferencing."
The ABPI events will examine what the regional priorities are, consider customer expectations regarding working with industry and the future potential for joint working. To help you sucessfully participate in joint working, best practice case studies will be discussed and attendees can participate in an interactive joint working workshop, facilitated by the ABPI team. For more information about the events, visit the event page
The PM Society is excited to be working on these events with the ABPI and will be producing outputs and guidance highlighting the issues raised as a result of the meetings.