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New guide for GP consortia

A working document describing the proposed statutory functions of GP consortia has been developed by the Department of Health, working in partnership with the RCGP, NHS Alliance, National Association of Primary Care, Family Doctor Association and PCT network of the … Continue reading

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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Ensuring consistency in care

Sir David Nicholson

NHS chief executive Sir David Nicholson says that the move to an NHS Commissioning Board and GP commissioning has the potential ‘to put the national into the National Health Service’ and reduce inconsistencies in care. In an interview with the … Continue reading

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From PCTs to GP consortia

The move from primary care trusts to GP consortia is one focus of the Guardian’s online Healthcare Network. It looks at the different experiences for consortia so far, including the issue of staff in West Cheshire, Cambridgeshire and Cumbria, and … 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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Monitor appoints chair to oversee new role

Monitor has appointed a new chair to oversee its transition into the independent economic regulator of the NHS. As part of the proposals set out in the White Paper, Monitor will become the independent economic regulator of all NHS services … Continue reading

Getting real


Jim Easton talks about meeting the leaders of GP pathfinders and some great examples of innovation. Things are moving. The second reading of the Health and Social Care Bill was preceded by the Prime Minister not just making a connection … 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