Back to basics for commissioners

The National Association of Primary Care (NAPC) is to launch a programme to teach GPs basic commissioning skills, because its existing course has proved too difficult.

NAPC chairman Dr James Kingsland said: 'Many of the applicants to the Advanced Commissioning programme needed more grounding.'

The new Foundation Commissioning programme will be modular, and allow GPs or primary care organisation staff to fill gaps in their skills and knowledge before undertaking the advanced course.

Dr Kingsland said the new course would be launched by early summer.

More than 200 health workers have taken the free university-accredited Advanced Commissioning Course since it began last October.

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