Exclusive: GPs predict clinical commissioning groups will need mental health support

More than a third of GPs predict that clinical commissioning groups, formerly GP consortia, will need a lot of support to commission mental health services effectively, according to a social enterprise's research.

Lord Victor Adebowale: 'GP consortia should be certified in work to engage with their local community'
Lord Victor Adebowale: 'GP consortia should be certified in work to engage with their local community'

The finding is from a survey of 250 doctors commissioned from ICM by Turning Point, which describes itself as the ‘UK's leading health and social care organisation, providing services for people with complex needs, including those affected by drug and alcohol misuse, mental health problems and those with a learning disability’.

Nearly half of Turning Point’s service users doubt that GP-led commissioning would give them a greater say in their treatment, according to Lord Victor Adebowale, head of the organisation.

Writing exclusively for GPonline.com, Lord Adebowale says: ‘GPs must engage with residents in their practice areas, not just their own patient lists. I believe that GP consortia should be certified in work to engage with their local community before they participate in commissioning local services.’

In the full article, Lord Adebowale spells out his hopes for commissioning and why equal treatment is not the answer.

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