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February 2010

The impact of competition on management practices in public hospitals
N Bloom, C Propper, S Seiler, J van Reenen
Stanford University, 2009, 17th October

Commissioning for quality – delivering national priorities
Primary Care Trust Network and The NHS Confederation
February 2010

Mapping PBC
The Practical Commissioning site, hosted by Pulse Today, contains this interactive map of practice-based commissioning case-studies across the country, sorted by disease and area.
Freely available – registration required.

Jargon buster
The Practical Commissioning site, hosted by Pulse Today, contains this jargon-buster to help people gain a better understanding of the terminology use in commissioning.
Freely available – registration required.

Commissioning health: a comparison of English primary care trusts: preliminary statistical analysis
S Martin, PC Smith
The Health Foundation
February 2010

Take part: National survey on the use of external support for commissioning
The King's Fund is carrying out a national survey on the subject of PCTs' use of external support for commissioning. The research is aimed at informing and influencing the World Class Commissioning policy by developing an understanding of the national picture of commissioners’ developmental needs. The King's Fund are inviting all people working in PCTs, SHAs or PBC with knowledge of this area to give information on their experiences. The survey is a follow-up to a similar survey conducted in January 2009. The information collected will be used to inform a King's Fund publication to be released in Spring 2010. Your responses will be reported only in a non-attributable format. The survey should take 5 minutes to complete.

Commissioning – a survey of the views and experiences of providers of services to children, young people and families 2009
R Phillips, T Mackey, E Romanou, N Coleman, A Shreeve
Department for Children, Schools and Families
January 2010

Final report of the Expert Group on Commissioning NHS Infertility Provision
Department of Health
January 2010

The Commissioning Handbook
The aim of the Commissioning Handbook is to share resources and link to content that helps you understand the commissioning process and locate the best available evidence for commissioners. It is a work in progress, developed by information professionals across NHS England and led by Quality MK.