‘Variable' PECs face reform in DoH review

The future of PCT professional executive committees (PECs) is to be examined while the DoH has said many have added ‘little value' in the past.

The DoH has launched a consultation to look at structures and ways of working with a view to implementing a new strategy by April.  

The consultation follows a wide-ranging review, which was carried out by the NHS Alliance on behalf of the DoH, considering PECs’ future role, membership and support needs.  

The resulting discussion document places strong importance on the role of PECs in practice-based commissioning (PBC) and says that stakeholders are unanimous in thinking ‘the PEC needs to shed some of its broader roles’.  

Health minister Lord Warner wrote in the document that ‘since PECs were established in 1999, their success as the “engine room” of the PCT has been variable’.  

‘In some areas, the committee structure has added little value. Stakeholders have been telling us for some time that PECs need to change, to reflect the changing role of PCTs.’  

He said the changes to be discussed are key to the future of clinical engagement in PCTs but should not be restricted to clinical issues.  

Although the document states that it does not want PBC groups to usurp PECs, it places a strong connection between the two.  

‘The new PEC is key in facilitating and driving PBC, especially in its early development.  

‘The PEC’s role will change with time as PBC matures. Good communication with PBC commissioners and consortia will be essential but a challenge, particularly in the larger reconfigured PCTs. However, stakeholders agree that PBC cannot replace the PEC.’  

NHS Alliance chairman Dr Michael Dixon, who led the initial PEC review, said that clinical engagement with future PECs was key to delivering the more immeasurable targets of healthcare ‘such as compassion and dignity’.  

The consultation runs until 31 January 2007. 

Have you registered with us yet?

Register now to enjoy more articles and free email bulletins


Already registered?

Sign in

Follow Us:

Just published

£20 notes spread out

VAT trap for PCNs could strip millions of pounds from general practice

Tens of millions of pounds could be stripped from general practice because work carried...

Talking General Practice logo

Podcast: Is the BMA representing GPs effectively, why GPs face a pension tax hit, and views on the workload crisis

In our regular news review the team discusses representation of GPs, a new survey...

Man sleeping

NICE guidance on insomnia backs app to replace sleeping pills

Hundreds of thousands of people with insomnia could be offered treatment via a mobile...

Health worker prepares a dose of COVID-19 vaccine

JCVI backs autumn COVID-19 booster campaign for high-risk adults and NHS staff

Frontline health and social care staff and adults at increased risk of severe illness...

GP consultation

Government accused of 'misleading' claims on general practice workforce

GP leaders have accused the government of making misleading claims about the general...

Consulting room door

LMC calls for enhanced access to be scrapped after abuse forces practice to close reception

A Midlands LMC has backed a practice forced to close its reception desk after abuse...