One of the common sense assumptions that flow from the post-election return of the same health secretary, is that this will mean no change from the policy and practice of what went on before.
As many CCGs encourage local practices to form provider federations, a founder of one of the first groups has given advice on the benefits and pitfalls of launching into a commercial world.
My mother died in December 2014. She was 94. She had a stroke in the end but had struggled with dementia for five years before that.
Few people would contest that the rolling out of personal budgets in the area of mental health is a radical change to the usual funding mechanisms.
The results are in. The Conservative lead is stronger. So what does this mean for general practice?
This month an historic first meeting took place between the boards of three CCGs and the main acute provider. This significant gathering signalled our intention to develop a new type of relationship focused on collaboration for better outcomes rather than the traditional adversarial approach.
For many CCGs, understanding the most effective approach to evaluating the vast array of innovations available in healthcare can be perplexing - an issue that we often hear raised across the sector.
Download the latest special report from Inside Commissioning, providing expert insight on how technology enabled care services (TECS) can help deliver integrated care, plus nine key case studies.
This month our CCG announced that following a robust and detailed competitive dialogue we had awarded a contract for our community and urgent care services in Whitby to Virgin Care. The response to this announcement has been fascinating...