Lansley to hand budgets early to pathfinder consortia

GP consortia will be invited to bid to become 'pathfinder' organisations, taking on budgets early next year, the health secretary has announced.

Mr Lansley: Many GPs want to take control of commissioning services
Mr Lansley: Many GPs want to take control of commissioning services

These early adopters will take on budgets a year before PCTs are scrapped in April 2013. The announcement follows calls from NHS commentators including the King’s Fund to pilot GP commissioning before rolling it out nationally.

The pathfinders will be part of a DoH evaluation of GP commissioning, Andrew Lansley said. ‘They will be involved from the start with the research project as part of an evaluation that will take several years,’ he told the National Association of Primary Care conference in Birmingham.

Mr Lansley said: 'I have spoken to and met many GPs around the country who want to take control of commissioning services. The proposals in the NHS White Paper will allow them to do this in the future, but I want to give them the opportunity to make early progress now.

'That is why I am inviting emerging GP Consortia to put themselves forward and become new and innovative pathfinder consortia. I want to empower those that want to make progress and press ahead with change.'

The health secretary said ‘concrete’ details of the duties and resources available to consortia would be published before Christmas 2010.

‘I think the response from the profession has been one of enthusiasm but apprehension,’ he added. ‘People need to know how much resource they will have to deploy.’

He said the DoH was making good progress in working out a revised funding allocation formula that is ‘much more geared towards the actual population characteristics’.

The DoH has also launched the first commissioning pack to guide consortia on designing cardiac rehabilitation services.

To kick-start the programme the Department has made £1m available from central funding to support regional learning programmes across England. GP practices keen to participate in the pathfinder programme will need to put themselves forward to their Primary Care Trust and Strategic Health Authority from the end of October.

 

 

News Blog: A Funny Feeling at the NAPC Conference

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

Almost 4,000 GPs rejoin GMC register as COVID-19 deaths surge

Almost 4,000 GPs rejoin GMC register as COVID-19 deaths surge

Around 3,800 GPs have rejoined the medical register barely a week after the government...

Prime minister Boris Johnson and health secretary Matt Hancock infected with COVID-19

Prime minister Boris Johnson and health secretary Matt Hancock infected with COVID-19

Prime minister Boris Johnson and health and social care secretary Matt Hancock are...

'Lovely' Essex GP feared to be first UK doctor to die from COVID-19

'Lovely' Essex GP feared to be first UK doctor to die from COVID-19

An Essex GP is feared to have become the first UK doctor to die after being infected...

How PCNs are adapting to the COVID-19 pandemic

How PCNs are adapting to the COVID-19 pandemic

Primary care networks (PCNs) are hosting virtual training sessions and re-writing...

Guidance updated for pregnant healthcare staff in coronavirus outbreak

Guidance updated for pregnant healthcare staff in coronavirus outbreak

All GPs who are pregnant should have the choice to stop work in patient-facing roles...

More than 550 GPs sign up within 24 hours to support NHS111

More than 550 GPs sign up within 24 hours to support NHS111

More than 550 GPs have signed up within 24 hours to take calls for NHS 111 as the...