Resources for pathfinders

A range of tools and resources are available to support pathfinder groups as they engage with the commissioning agenda, including resources from the DH and stakeholders.

Case studies
Case studies showcase the work of pathfinder groups and help share information and learning among pathfinders.
>> Read the pathfinder case studies

Regional learning networks
Regional networks promote the work being done within SHA regions to support pathfinder clinical commissioning groups.
>> Find your local learning network

Personal health budgets briefing
Information for pathfinders on personal health budgets. A personal health budgets is an amount of money that is allocated to an individual to allow them to meet their health and wellbeing needs in a way that best suits them.
>> Read the personal health budget briefing

Coaching for clinical commissioning group Pathfinder Leaders
The National Leadership Council is developing a comprehensive package of support for clinical commissioning groups, in collaboration with GPs and others. Executive coaching funded by the NLC is the first part of that support to be made available, and was launched at the National Pathfinder Learning Event.
>> Download the flyer for further information

The week
The week is the Department of Health’s weekly update for NHS chief executives. It is published every Thursday, and provides need-to-know news, consultations and events for chief executives and their teams. It provides links to more information and resources, highlighting areas for action.
>> Find current and previous issues of the week

RCGP’s Commissioning Competency Framework
The RCGP Centre for Commissioning has published an educational tool to support GP Commissioners. The tool outlines the range of knowledge, skills and attitudes required by every GP, whatever their past experience or role within a clinical commissioning group.
>> Visit the RCGP website to download the Commissioning Competency Framework

NHS Choices: Supporting clinical commissioning groups
The NHS Choices website ( has become an integral part of the health professionals’ toolkit for both commissioners and providers.  With over 7 million visits and 30 million page views every month, NHS Choices can also be a powerful tool in the armoury of clinical commissioning groups.
>> Read the guidance on using NHS Choices

BMA guidance
The BMA has produced a series of detailed guidance documents to inform and advise clinicians as they consider their role within the commissioning proposals, and how they can best be made to work in their local area.
>> Visit the BMA website to download the guidance

NAPC’s Commissioning Resource website
The NAPC has created a website bringing together news and resources to aid in the commissioning of health and care services and also contains examples of best practice.
>> Visit the NAPC’s Commissioning Resource

NHS Networks: Health Investment Network
The Health Investment Network, part of QIPP Right Care,  has been established to help commissioners improve their ability to achieve the best health outcomes from every pound invested. The network provides access to the latest knowledge and tools to optimise health investment and disinvestment decisions.
>> Visit the Health Investment Network

A Guide to Working  with the Voluntary Sector
Voluntary sector organisations have a crucial role in addressing health and social care needs of communities and reducing health inequalities. A guide to collaborative working has been developed by Voluntary Organisations’ Network North East (VONNE).
>> Download the Guide to Working with the Voluntary Sector

Support for clinical commissioning group pathfinders
A number of primary care and other organisations offer advice, guidance and information to support emerging clinical commissioning groups.
>> Find out more about support offered by these organisations

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