Tagged: GP

Question: can GPs profiteer from commissioning?

Several reports in the media this week claim that GPs will be able to profiteer from the new commissioning arrangements by keeping any savings they make. In particular, it has been reported that private health firm IHP plans to set … Continue reading

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New GP pathfinders announced

The latest groups of GPs to take on commissioning responsibilities have been announced by Health Secretary Andrew Lansley. There are now 177 GP commissioning consortia covering two thirds of the country and 35 million people. The selected pathfinders represent GPs … Continue reading


GP commissioning improving patient care

GPs from the pathfinder consortium in Solihull talk about GP commissioning and how their consortium is attempting to improve care for people with deep vein thrombosis (DVT). Continue reading

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Reflections from colleagues

Dr Shane Gordon, GP in Colchester and chief executive of the North East Essex GP Commissioning Group, on how GP commissioners might work with other colleagues and the importance of clinical networks. This week I’ve been lucky enough to meet … Continue reading


Case study: Herefordshire Commissioning Consortium

Dr Andy Watts from the Herefordshire Commissioning Consortium talks about being a GP pathfinder and how his consortium is working in partnership with the local authority. This video has been produced by NHS Local, which provides a range of digital … Continue reading

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Case study: Baywide GPCC

Baywide is the GP Commissioning Consortium for Torbay in Devon and was established as a Consortium in June 2009. All 21 practices in Torbay are members of the consortium. This case study describes Baywide GPCC’s scheme for managing referrals through peer review. Continue reading

Case study: East Suffolk Federation

Dr John Havard from The East Suffolk Federation, one of the GP pathfinder consortia, has developed some innovative schemes to help analyse data about practice performance and reduce unnecessary hospital admissions. Continue reading

Case study: Fortis Healthcare

This case study explores how Fortis Healthcare, a first-wave GP Pathfinder that represents 78,409 registered patients, has set up a ‘Referrals Gateway’.

The Gateway has brought numerous benefits to patients, GPs and clinicians across the health system and effectively demonstrates the principles of Quality, Innovation, Productivity and Prevention. Continue reading

Case study: Wyvern Health.Com

Led by a board of seven GPs, one Practice Manager and a General Manager, Wyvern Health.Com was set up to provide a corporate structure to enable practice based commissioning to operate effectively in Somerset. With a £576 million practice based commissioning budget, they cover 100 percent of Somerset’s population (approximately 530,000 people) with diverse levels of affluence and a high proportion of over-75s.

This case study demonstrates why good governance is essential to building clinical commissioning capabilities and success. Continue reading

Lots of questions; some answers

Dr Shane Gordon, GP in Colchester and chief executive of the North East Essex GP Commissioning Group, deals with lots of questions, hears some answers and faces a well-informed patient. This week was a chance for me to have a … Continue reading