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 is no time like the present, especially where NHS reforms are concerned, which is why we are launching a national conference on the co-commissioning of primary care in November this year.
Parity of esteem. A big phrase. We are all signed up to it. But what does it really mean? I was thinking about this after hearing of the death of Robin Williams.
One of the things that leaders are supposed to do is 'reframe'. Examples include taking a problem and making a challenge out of it.
In a drive to improve England's record on cancer survival, health secretary Jeremy Hunt recently announced that he will 'name and shame' low-referring GPs - but will that make a difference?
As we are now within 10 months of the General Election, I will make sure that there will be an occasional post about the campaign issues and how they might impact on GP commissioners.
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.