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.
NHS England will publish this month what they are calling a 'forward look'. Given the challenges facing the NHS over the next five years, this will need to provide some direction on the tough choices that will need to be made.
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.
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.
One of the things that leaders are supposed to do is 'reframe'. Examples include taking a problem and making a challenge out of it.
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.