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No Offence! "Payment by Results" Conference


23rd May 2013

Sheffield Hallam University

Conference Brief 

PBR - “A Firm Fair System’?

Along with ‘Offender Management Reform’ comes ‘Payment by Results’

‘Payment for what works’ in delivering reduced levels of crime.

The Ministry of Justice has set out plans to ‘radically reform’ criminal justice, to punish offenders, protect the public and reduce reoffending and a return to “what the public wants from the criminal justice system: punishment and protection” But is this what the sector needs to “break the cycle of crime and reoffending”?

  • Will PBR become just another way of implementing targets?
  • Or just another ‘untested’ approach as the probation and HMP Leeds PBR pilots have been ‘paused’?
  • Can PBR become an effective payment model for contractors, utilising taxpayer money more efficiently?
  • Will PBR encourage an environment of innovation and a thriving marketplace of providers to be built?
  • Will providers have the resources to invest?
  • Can contractors wait that long to be paid? How long is ‘long’?
  • Can the MoJ find the sweet spot between risk and reward that encourages competition?
  • Could the voluntary sector afford to compete or even take part?
  • How can ‘success’ be determined and who can claim that result when there may have been multiple interventions involved in achieving it?

These are just some of the questions we hope to debate and we know that you will have many more…..

What ever we believe, PBR is here, and fast being rolled out as a contracting model so do we have to embrace it? Work with it? Can we make it happen for us, in whatever sector we are in?

Undoubtedly, it will require partnership-working, trust and resilience to achieve success

This conference will allow us to examine and openly and honestly debate the opportunities and the pitfalls together.


The conference is being run in partnership with the Hallam Centre for Community Justice. After the conference you can attend the Centre's 10th Annual Community Justice Portal lecture. This MUST be booked separately to the No Offence conference, more details can be found here.


Chaired by Sir Martin Narey
Sir Martin Narey is the Government Advisor on Adoption and former CEO of Barnados, Director General of Prisons and CEO of the National Offender Management Service. In addition Sir Martin is Chair of the Portman Group Complaints Panel, Board Member for the Advertising Standards Authority and Visiting Professor at Durham and Hallam Universities.

Paul O'Hara
Families First Manager, Department of Services to Children & Young People

Reducing youth custody payment by results pathfinder ‘The West Yorkshire Youth Offending services experience’
Reducing custody has been a goal for Youth Offending Services for 10 years and is even more critical with the transfer of custody (remand) costs to local authorities commencing in April 2013. West Yorkshire YOTS applied to be one of 4 consortia in England to pilot this payment by results approach.25% reduction in custody has been the achieved which exceeds the target to reduce custody by 10%. The national pathfinder started with 4 consortia across England and only two have continued to the second year. The speech will cover key lessons learnt and challenges that were overcome to deliver this result.

Kevin Wong
Deputy Director, Principal Research Fellow, Hallam Centre for Community Justice, Sheffield Hallam University

Who shot JR? (Can Justice Reinvestment survive PbR?)
As PbR commissioning in the criminal justice system picks up pace, there is renewed interest in the potential of Justice Reinvestment (JR) to provide an alternative to delivering more cost effective justice. Arguably, UK interest in Justice Reinvestment peaked in 2010 with the publication of the Justice Committee Report. Is it too late to revive JR?

  • What can we learn from JR approaches in the UK and US?
  • Can JR deliver more for less?
  • Can JR co-exist with PbR or is it a zero sum game?


Gill Arukpe
Chief Executive, Penrose

Can Payment by Results work for small and medium third sector business – Penrose experience
Gill will talk about Penrose experience of tendering, contracting and delivering a Payment By Result Offender service. Using their experience of successfully delivering one of the 13 MOJ incentive payment pilots. They support over 300 repeat offenders in Lewisham at any one time and get paid an incentive payment if they stay out of prison for one year.

Gill will explain how their Payment by Results contract was tendered in the first place, then negotiated and commissioned. This is as useful for Commissioners as it is for providers to hear Penrose experience. She will discuss the pros and cons and how to negotiate the maze of contrasting conflicts that need to be considered when commissioning or taking on PBR contracts. This will include the risks that have to be considered when taking PBR contract and how to avoid them. Gill will talk about the need for transparent partnerships with the Commissioners and the reasons why.

Michael O'Kane
Drugs Policy Adviser, Department of Health

Breakout sessions

Russell Webster
PbR: What’s it good for? (Say it again)
Payment by results is often said to the best commissioning approach for:

  • Improving Outcomes
  • Driving innovation
  • Cutting costs
  • Transferring financial risk
  • Promoting culture change

But can it achieve these objectives, particularly all at the same time?

The workshop will explore the competing claims of PbR proponents and contractors and include a guide to all the latest PbR terminology – everything from “market warming” to the “pricing cliff edge”.

The workshop will be interactive in nature and is designed for delegates who want to understand better some of the core components of PbR and demystify the accompanying jargon.

Richard Butler & Holger Westphely
Aylesbury Partnerships
A practical response to PbR risk transfer
Our focus will be on offering practical solutions to organisations and commissioners to allocating and dealing with the risk transfer inherent in PbR.Using a live risk simulation we illustrate the importance of structuring contracts appropriately considering all key stakeholders. We will then discuss approaches that organisations can take to understand and communicate the risks that they are exposed to not to mentioned strategies to handle that risk.

Jennet Peters
PbR Pilot Implementation Lead, National Offender Management Service



More speakers and breakout sessions TBA shortly



Discounts offered for students, be quick as these numbers are limited

Email No Offence! for details

Bookings are now being taken, see registration form for Terms and Conditions.

Exhibition prices do not include the delegate attendance.

Option 1
Students and smaller voluntary organisations (Inc. charities and social enterprise with less than 30 employees)

£100 +vat conference standard rate
£100 +vat exhibition cost

Option 2
Central government departments and agencies, non-departmental public bodies and other public sector organisations, commercial organisations with 1-3 employees and larger voluntary organisations with 30 or more employees

£125 +vat conference standard rate
£125 +vat exhibition cost

Option 3
Commercial Sector

£175 +vat conference standard rate
£175 +vat exhibition cost

Exhibition spaces are very limited so be quick if you wish to exhibit.


If you would like any further information please email No Offence