DoH best practice portfolio to support GP commissioning

The DoH is developing a portfolio of best practice for GP commissioners and will investigate areas where practice-based commissioning (PBC) has failed.

Dr Kingsland: aims to expand on the existing PBC Connections resource
Dr Kingsland: aims to expand on the existing PBC Connections resource

Senior civil servants are understood to have told GP leaders that only 20% of how GP consortia will work will be defined centrally.

But plans for a bank of guidance could offer consortia off-the-shelf solutions to shaping how they work.

DoH national clinical director for PBC Dr James Kingsland said the resource could be usable by next April to allow consortia in shadow form to start making service changes.

Dr Kingsland said GPs should be thinking about how to improve clinical services now rather than waiting for the structure and organisation of consortia to be worked out.

He aims to expand on the existing online resource PBC Connections by collecting data on the latest commissioning work in a variety of fields.

'There is a huge range of work being done in programmes in areas like diabetes and cancer that may be well known in the DoH but not elsewhere. That needs to be passed on to GPs, so they're not starting with a blank canvas,' Dr Kingsland said.

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