GPs bid for commissioning pathfinder status

GPs across England are bidding to join the DoH pathfinder programme to accelerate the transfer of commissioning responsibility from PCTs.

Health secretary Andrew Lansley announced plans to introduce pathfinder schemes last month. He invited GP consortia to bid to become early adopters and take on real budgets early next year.

GPs in Merseyside and London have expressed an interest in becoming pathfinder organisations.

Most of the eight consortia across Merseyside that met with Andrew Lansley last week said they were applying for pathfinder status.

Martin Breach, a GP in Haydock, Merseyside, said: 'We are lucky to have a large number of very-well managed consortia that are ready to take up the baton and move forward.'

Meanwhile, a spokeswoman for NHS Hounslow said the PCT had been approached by local GPs who want to become a pathfinder organisation. 

She said: 'It is important to note that there is an application process for the pathfinder programme and this will be made available in the coming weeks.'

A spokesman for the DoH said that the department will announce the first consortia to be granted pathfinder status next month.

View our Commissioning Resource Centre

Have you registered with us yet?

Register now to enjoy more articles and free email bulletins

Register

Already registered?

Sign in

Follow Us:

Just published

Walk-in GP services divert more patients from A&E but may not be cost-effective

Walk-in GP services divert more patients from A&E but may not be cost-effective

Convenient GP services can significantly reduce pressure on hospital A&E departments...

Practices face increasing risk of six-figure cash penalties, accountants warn

Practices face increasing risk of six-figure cash penalties, accountants warn

GP practices are increasingly likely to trigger six-figure financial penalties under...

Wide-ranging overhaul of GP bureaucracy promised amid spiralling practice workload

Wide-ranging overhaul of GP bureaucracy promised amid spiralling practice workload

Revalidation, referral processes, coding of patient data and letters required from...

Recognising and referring domestic violence and abuse

Recognising and referring domestic violence and abuse

A social enterprise is helping to train staff in GP practices to support women affected...

GPs 'in the dark' over pension tax trap support for this year

GPs 'in the dark' over pension tax trap support for this year

GPs remain in the dark over how a stop-gap offer from NHS England to pay off pension...

Network DES will cost GPs money and threaten independent contractor status, warn LMCs

Network DES will cost GPs money and threaten independent contractor status, warn LMCs

A group of LMCs has warned it 'cannot recommend' GPs sign up to revised plans for...