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.
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.
Most commissioners see strategy as something that can only be driven with large amounts of data covering large populations but there is now a strong argument for the role of strategic commissioning to break generational patterns of ill health, in a new and interesting way.
I heard Professor Jonathan Benger speaking at a conference this month. He's a professor, A&E consultant and head of the urgent care redesign for NHS England. He's good.
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?
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?
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.