The first breakthrough to notice in the Five Year Forward View is that all of the NHS central organisations created by the 2012 Health and Social Care Act have endorsed this new view of the NHS world.
Commissioning Primary Care 2015 aims to set the scene for the launch of co-commissioning in April 2015, with a focused examination of the key issues for all CCGs at whatever level they are involved.
I'm writing this from Doha, Qatar. This is, per capita, the richest country on the planet.
I have written about my mum in the past. Yes, she is only one patient with her own story but so often it seems to me to reflect the bigger issues we face as we try to sort out the system and make it better.
The task of clinical commissioning groupsis, unsurprisingly, clinical commissioning. But what exactly is it?
CCGs have inherited funding and contracting arrangements with third sector organisations and, while many aim to support these bodies so they continue to benefit the local population, working with them brings challenges.
CCGs have been identifying the most challenging issues they face in taking on the co-commissioning of primary care, and, perhaps not surprisingly, they mainly concern relationships with member practices.
Commissioning Primary Care 2015 is a new conference that aims to help CCGs make the transition to co-commissioning GP medical services, with practical advice, debate and networking led by a range of experts.