Tag Archives: Primary Care Commissioning

Transforming our health care system: 10 priorities for commissioners

By The King’s Fund (2015)

This paper sets out ten actions for commissioners to help them transform the health care system to deliver a more efficient and effective system with improved outcomes for patients. This paper was originally published in March 2011 and we have updated it to reflect changes within the NHS.

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NHS Greater Manchester Primary Care Demonstrator Evaluation

By Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care (CLAHRC) Greater Manchester (2015)

As part of its 2013 Primary Care Commissioning Strategy, NHS England (Greater Manchester) funded a programme of six ‘demonstrator communities’ to implement and test new and innovative ways of delivering primary care services, with a key focus on increased access to general practice, integration and the use of technology. This report outlines the findings from an evaluation of these pilot sites, particularly in relation to the utilisation of seven-day services and the relationship between increased GP appointment availability and A&E or urgent care admissions

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Exploring patient choice in GP services

By Monitor (2014)

The report presents the findings of a review into how GP services are working for patients, with a specific focus on the role of choice and competition. The review drew on a variety of sources of evidence; a commissioned survey of 3,200 patients, interviews with 25 GP providers and spoke to and gathered information from NHS England, CQC and other stakeholders.

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Assessing the impacts of alcohol policies

By OECD Health Working Papers (2015)

This working paper assesses alcohol policies in three countries: Canada, the Czech Republic and Germany. The results show that brief interventions in primary care, typically targeting high-risk drinkers, and tax increases, which affect all drinkers, have the potential to generate large health gains. The impacts of regulation and enforcement policies as well as other health care interventions are more dependent on the setting and mode of implementation, while school-based programmes show less promise. Alcohol policies have the potential to prevent alcohol-related disabilities and injuries in hundreds of thousands of working-age people in the countries examined, with major potential gains in their productivity. Most alcohol policies are estimated to cut health care expenditures to the extent that their implementation costs would be more than offset. Health care interventions and enforcement of drinking-and-driving restrictions are more expensive policies, but they still have very favourable cost-effectiveness profiles.

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An inquiry into patient centred care in the 21st century: implications for general practice and primary care

By Royal College of General Practitioners (2014)

This inquiry concluded that clinicians must work with patients in a different way, providing personalised care and empowering patients to play an active role in managing their health. The report also calls for a shift in the way that general practice is delivered, so that practices come together as federations or networks and work with a range of other services to deliver coordinated and proactive care in the community.

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Briefing for commissioners on the NHS provider licence

By Monitor (November 2013)

All providers of health care services for the NHS including independent providers, will require a Monitor licence from 1st April 2014, unless they are exempt. This document outlines the action commissioners now need to take to be ready for 1st April 2014.

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Giving older people a voice: the case for an older people’s commissioner for England

By Centre Forum (2013)

This report calls for the introduction of an Older People’s Commissioner for England in order to act as a strong advocate for older people, fighting their corner in policymaking circles, challenging discrimination, championing their contribution to society and the economy, and spearheading the future proofing of English policy development across government to prepare for the challenges posed by an ageing society.

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