I recently attended the NHS Top Leaders Programme, run by the NHS Leadership Academy, and I learned a huge amount over four intense days of personal development. But there is one aspect of the programme which left me with some questions.
CCG leaders from all over England are signing up as delegates for the Commissioning Primary Care 2015 conference, in London on 4 February.
Venous Leg Ulcers (VLUs) affect between 60,000 and 180,000 people in the UK. They are distressing to the patient and need regular treatment once or twice a week. They also impose substantial costs on the NHS, which are rising steadily because prevalence increases with age.
The twin crises that are hitting the headlines - too many people going to A&E and not enough elderly people being discharged from inpatient beds in a timely way - have a number of features in common.
It's been a funny old year. No matter how well you have personally survived, the rising demand from patients, the increasing scrutiny of your primary care providers and the diminishing supply of GPs is a perfect storm guaranteed to disrupt the system of general practice as we know it.
We are now in the third year of our CCG's Social Investment Fund, centred around building strong communities while meeting duties to reduce health inequality.
The latest speakers announced for Commissioning Primary Care 2015 include leading lights from the worlds of clinical commissioning, pharmacy contracting and social work.