GP commissioning

Will commissioning consortia be able to 'make' as well as 'buy' services?
The King's Fund

Event highlights

Many GPs are interested in commissioning because of the opportunities it offers them to deliver more care in the community. The Department of Health consultation document on commissioning indicates that practices will have the potential to deliver new services where they can provide best value in terms of quality and cost. But how can real or perceived conflicts of interest be avoided?

At this critical time, our event aimed to provide GPs and key health care professionals with insight and guidance.

Talks and presentations from the conference

Dr Michael Dixon, NHS Alliance Chair, looks at the practicalities of GP commissioning using primary care examples from his own practice.

Paul Zollinger-Read, NHS Cambridgeshire Chief Executive, looks at whether GPs will be able to 'make' as well as 'buy' services from a primary care trust perspective.

Dr Tim Richardson, Medical Director at Epsomedical Ltd, discusses the role of GPs as providers and commissioners and his own experiences of contracting to deliver integrated care.

Dr Neal Parkes gives the background to his integrated care project in Louth and outlines the benefits of using commissioner and provider arms.



Session 1

  • Introduction: Professor Chris Ham, Chief Executive, The King's Fund
  • Keynote Address: GP consortia and primary care
    Ben Dyson, Director of Policy for Commissioning Development & Primary Care, Department of Health
  • Realising the potential of GP Commissioning - Getting the practicalities right
    Dr Michael Dixon, Chair, NHS Alliance
  • Primary care trust perspective: make or buy?
    Dr Paul Zollinger-Read, Chief Executive, NHS Cambridgeshire

Session 2: perspectives from general practice

Chair: Professor Chris Ham, Chief Executive, The King's Fund

  • Contracting to deliver integrated care closer to patients: GPs as both providers and commissioners
    Dr Tim Richardson, Medical Director, Epsomedical Ltd and GP, Integrated Care Partnership
  • Make and buy: the Louth gamble
    Dr Neal Parkes, GP, Lincolnshire
  • The importance of the GP/patient interaction in commissioning
    Dr Ruth O'Hare, Chair Central London Heatlhcare CIC, GP Principal, Central London Healthcare CIC

Closing panel session

Expert speakers discussed the key question: will commissioning consortia be able to 'make' as well as 'buy' services?