CCG leader calls for new GP relationship with community health services

A CCG chairman has called for a re-building of the primary care team to allow the proper transfer of services from the secondary care sector.

Dr Steve Kell: reform GP link to community health (Photo: Alex Deverill)
Dr Steve Kell: reform GP link to community health (Photo: Alex Deverill)

Bassetlaw CCG chairman Dr Steve Kell told delegates at the Commissioning Show in London last week that GPs were ‘desperate’ to re-establish links with community health services.

Dr Kell, who is also co-chairman of the CCG representative body NHS Clinical Commissioners, said this could be one of the benefits of CCGs co-commissioning primary care with NHS England.

‘Community services are vital. Over the past 10 years GPs have really missed the primary care team ethos and are desperate to get that back.

‘The model will vary in each CCG area but we need to get community services talking to each other again around patient needs.’

Co-commissioning of primary care

Dr Kell said co-commissioning of primary care was going to be essential for the future of the NHS.

‘We need to get away from isolated decision-making. Enabling CCGs to affect what’s happening in general practice is really important if we are going to make it through the next five years.’

Co-commissioning would also help CCGs protect primary care funding, he said.

‘Nobody disagrees with the idea that we move care out of hospital but specialised budgets are getting more and more funding for short-term needs. CCGs need more influence around that decision-making process.’

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