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Commissioning Primary Care 2015: the agenda

Commissioning Primary Care 2015: the agenda

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.

From the Editors

CCGs commissioning primary care is no panacea for GP practices

CCGs commissioning primary care is no panacea for GP practices

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.

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Key opinions

How can strategic commissioning help to break generational cycles of ill health?

How can strategic commissioning help to break generational cycles of ill health?

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.

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Primary care input needed on redesign of urgent care

Primary care input needed on redesign of urgent care

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.

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One incident that shows how general practice could become an irrelevance

One incident that shows how general practice could become an irrelevance

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.

Time to rediscover the lost art of clinical commissioning

Time to rediscover the lost art of clinical commissioning

The task of clinical commissioning groupsis, unsurprisingly, clinical commissioning. But what exactly is it?

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How can CCGs effectively improve GP cancer referrals?

How can CCGs effectively improve GP cancer referrals?

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?

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Six ways CCGs can make the most of counselling services

Six ways CCGs can make the most of counselling services

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.

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