Commissioning Primary Care 2014 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.
There were two predictions made this week by a senior GP at NHS England, one forecasting the death of GP partnerships, the other suggesting that primary care would soon be referred to as 'out-of-hospital' services.
There has been a big and very positive response to my post about Gemma, and the differing ways that society responds to people who have depression compared to those with cancer.
Some GP commissioners, with their local authorities, will have spent much of early September applying for the Better Care Fund (BCF). As on all such occasions when the NHS has created a new acronym, you find yourself using it without ever really thinking what it means. The acronym becomes the reality.
I'm officially old. I must be, because one of the patients told me she thought the young doctors were particularly good but then didn't include me in their number.
NHS England's chief executive Simon Stevens recently told the Health Select Committee that merging two leaky buckets does not provide a watertight solution.
Now I'm not sure what GP commissioners think but I'm confused about the current government's policy on waiting time targets for the NHS.
Commissioning Primary Care 2014 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.