Improve finance with GP training

Clinicians should be trained in financial management to improve working relationships within the NHS and ultimately patient care, a report by the Audit Commission claims.

This is vital if the NHS is to be more efficient and improve services for patients, according to the Prescription for Partnership: Engaging Clinicians In Financial Management report.

It looks at practice-based commissioning (PBC), saying it gives GPs and practice staff 'effective control over millions of pounds worth of NHS commissioning expenditure'.

Recommendations to chief executives, medical directors and finance directors include training clinical staff in financial management.

It describes PBC as a powerful financial incentive for practices to alter care pathways and change referral patterns in the interest of efficiency.

It also looks at schemes that have made savings, including North East Lincolnshire Care Trust, which made savings of £500,000 in 2006/7 through reduced hospital activity.

Audit Commission report

Comment below and tell us what you think

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

RCGP urges GPs to collaborate with pharmacies on flu jabs this year

RCGP urges GPs to collaborate with pharmacies on flu jabs this year

The RCGP and the Royal Pharmaceutical Society have called on GP practices and community...

GP appointments rising fast as COVID-19 cases 'near 10,000 a day'

GP appointments rising fast as COVID-19 cases 'near 10,000 a day'

GP appointments have risen rapidly in recent weeks as schools returned, according...

COVID-19 impact on medical schools risks 'serious damage' to future NHS workforce

COVID-19 impact on medical schools risks 'serious damage' to future NHS workforce

Medical training and the future NHS workforce could be seriously damaged by the financial...

GPonline's news editor wins medical journalism award

GPonline's news editor wins medical journalism award

GPonline news editor Nick Bostock has won News Story of the Year (specialist media)...

How GPs can support patients with 'long COVID'

How GPs can support patients with 'long COVID'

GPs must be ready to support patients with physical, psychological and social problems...

BMA demands 'rule of six' overhaul to prevent further lockdowns

BMA demands 'rule of six' overhaul to prevent further lockdowns

The government must scrap its high-risk ‘rule of six’ and introduce more stringent...