Maximising Opportunities under the Light Touch Regime


Event summary

This workshop will cover key stages of managing and designing a compliant Light Touch Regime (LTR) procurement process. Using case studies, it will cover mandatory and discretionary aspects of the regime, procedural flexibilities, choice of award criteria, as well as the common pitfalls and opportunities.

The event will provide an update and refresher on the LTR and will help answer unresolved questions; it will be of particular benefit to procurement and commissioning staff involved in children, adult and mental health services tenders.


21 May 2019
Starts: 10:00
Ends: 15:30


CIPFA Mansell Street
77 Mansell Street
Greater London
E1 8AN
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Standard price

£295.00 excl VAT

Network Member Price

£195.00 excl VAT

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About this event

The Light Touch Regime was introduced under the Public Contracts Regulations 2015 and governs the procurement of health, social and other services listed in Schedule 3. From 18 April 2016, it also regulates the procurement by Clinical Commissioning Groups and NHS England of health services for the purposes of the NHS.

There are a number of mandatory requirements placed by Regulations 74 – 77 PCR15; however, the Light Touch Regime also offers CAs considerable flexibility on the procedures to award these contracts. In fact, it also offers CAs the opportunity to design their own procedures, provided the EU Treaty principles are respected. After just over three years of the provisions being in place, we now have actual case studies to assess and review the workings of the LTR and can explore opportunities on how to maximise its potential even further. 

Who should attend?

The workshop will support procurement, commissioners, finance, solicitors, project managers, auditors and contract managers with day-to-day responsibilities of issuing and managing tenders under the Light Touch Regime.

How will you benefit?

By attending the event, delegates will gain:  
  • practical clarification of the LTR 
  • explanation of mandatory requirements and areas for procedural discretion
  • opportunity to benefit from live examples to help you design your own LTR tender
  • spotlight on current CCS/DoH LTR guidance and a solution to current practitioner points 
  • opportunity to take part in practical group exercises.

CPD Hours

Four and a half.


  • Accounting
  • / Accounts closedown
  • / Capital finance
  • / Central government
  • / Education finance and academies
  • / Efficiency
  • / Ethics
  • / Financial management
  • / Financial reporting
  • / Housing
  • / Police
  • / Professional development
  • / Revenues and benefits
  • / Risk management
  • / Shared services
  • / Value for money

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Speaker - Jamie Thomas

Jamie Thomas

Jamie Thomas is a specialist procurement officer at Durham County Council, a unitary local authority with an annual procurement spend of around £500m. Jamie has been part of the procurement team since 2010. He is responsible for procurement law compliance, and also leads on social value and supplier engagement. Durham’s procurement team recently won the Social Value Leadership Award at the Cabinet Office-backed UK Social Value Awards.

Prior to joining Durham County Council, Jamie worked as a journalist, and as a parliamentary researcher. He has an academic interest in sustainable development, having studied International Relations at the University of St. Andrews, and is currently completing a Master’s degree in public procurement law and policy via Nottingham University’s law school.