The NHS reforms in England will have major implications for all involved in the system, none more so than providers.
The hard work and long hours put in by GPs and managers in setting up CCGs have, so far, paid off. All 211 CCGs have been authorised to take control of their commissioning budgets from the beginning of April.
Andy Burnham’s speech to launch Labour’s health and care policy review was strong on principles but left many questions unanswered.
The NHS Commissioning Board has issued its ‘planning guidance’ to the 211 clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) that are to take control of local budgets from April. So what message does it send to CCGs?
In the past few days, clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) have come several steps closer to taking control of £65 billion of NHS spending.
The NHS Commissioning Board, clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) and providers need to be held to account, with plaudits if they excel, and consequences if they fall short of expected standards.
Having spent the first half of the Parliament legislating for radical changes to the organisation of the NHS, the government now needs to focus on the mundane but much more important challenge of implementing and executing the service changes on which its record will ultimately depend.
Do GP practices that offer high-quality clinical care also offer a good experience for their patients?
Clinically effective care and good patient experience are universally recognised as key elements of health care quality. But does one always go hand in hand with the other?
What can we learn from service redesign in London? Chris Ham reflects on themes from our conference on progressing health care in the capital.
Anna Dixon looks at the difficulties in setting objectives for the NHS and at how the NHS Commissioning Board can be effectively held accountable for £80 billion of public money.
From 2013 we will hear a lot more about the Commissioning Outcomes Framework, which will be used to assess the performance of clinical commissioning groups.
An emergency admission to hospital is a disruptive and unsettling experience, so surely we owe it to our patients to reduce the current variation between areas?
If the government’s integration framework encourages innovations at scale and pace, England may yet steal a march on Scotland in the development of integrated care.
There will be important differences between CCGs and PCTs. But in terms of the population size they cover, are they looking increasingly similar?
Following Nicholas Timmins's book on the story of NHS reform, Anna Dixon looks at the events that led to the Act reaching the statute book.
Looking back on the conference, Anna Dixon considers outstanding reform issues, including the difficult decisions that must be made around hospital reconfiguration.
Chris Naylor asks what role CCGs can play to stop people with mental health losing out in the NHS.
Chris Naylor looks at what the future shape of support arrangements for clinical commissioning groups will look like.
Angela Coulter responds to the Department of Health's new consultation on 'No decision about me, without me'.
Will our trust in clinicians lend local decisions on restrictions to treatments a new kind of legitimacy? Or will such decisions erode our trust in our local doctor?