GP commissioning: making it happen

The King's Fund

Event highlights

Secretary of State for Health Andrew Lansley set out the government's plans to reform the NHS in the White Paper Equity and Excellence: Liberating the NHS. One of his flagship policies is the devolution of power and budgetary responsibility for the commissioning of NHS services to GP consortia. The ambition behind this policy is to achieve a clinically led and more patient-focused NHS, yet the key lesson of the past decade is that the impact of these reforms will depend on how effectively they are implemented.

Presentations and talks from the conference

Lord Howe, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Quality, gives an overview of GP commissioning and outlines the challenges faced.

Chris Ham, Chief Executive of The King's Fund, examines GP commissioning using evidence from the US and the NHS.

Interviews from the conference recorded the following interviews with speakers and delegates from the conference

Dr Paul Zollinger-Read, Chief Executive of NHS Cambridgeshire, provides an overview of how his primary care trust is managing the transition to the new system of GP commissioning.

Joanna Bayley, GP PEC Member of NHS Gloucestershire, gives her view on GP commissioning.

Dr William Lumb, GP and Board Member of Westmoreland Primary Care Collaborative, discusses his experience of implementing GP commissioning, how the system works in practice and the challenges ahead.

Dr Shane Gordon, GP and Chief Executive of the Colchester Practice-based Commissioning Group, gives his perspective on GP commissioning.

Katherine Ward, Chief Executive of UnitedHealth UK, describes how her company will fit into the new system of GP commissioning.

Professor Steve Field, GP and Chair of the Royal College of General Practitioners, discusses what GPs think about the new plans set out in the NHS White Paper.


Programme and presentations

Opening session

  • Keynote address
    Lord Howe, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Quality, Department of Health
  • GP commissioning
    Dr Shane Gordon, GP and Chief Executive, Colchester PBC

Session two: perspectives on GP commissioning

  • Understanding GP budget holding: evidence from the US and from the NHS
    Professor Chris Ham, Chief Executive, The King's Fund
  • GP commissioning: the role of external support
    Dr Richard Lewis, Partner, UK and Ireland Advisory Services, Ernst & Young
    Katherine Ward, Chief Executive, UnitedHealth UK
  • PCT perspective on budget holding: managing the transition
    Paul Zollinger-Read, Chief Executive, NHS Cambridgeshire

Session three: Workshops: making it happen

  • Managing demand and re-designing services: a city-wide primary care collaborative
    Dr Peter Devlin, Clinical Director, Brighton and Hove Integrated Care Service Limited
  • Creating clinically-led integrated care services
    Dr William Lumb, GP and Board Member, Westmoreland Primary Care Collaborative
  • How to create federated models to take on commissioning
    Candace Imison, Deputy Director of Policy, The King's Fund and Dr Nick Goodwin, Senior Fellow, Policy, The King's Fund

Panel session: key factors for establishing effective and successful GP commissioning

Expert speakers included:

  • Ian Dodge, Director, Policy Support Unit, Department of Health
  • Professor Steve Field, GP and Chair, Royal College of General Practitioners
  • Barry Roberts, Director of Innovation, Turning Point
  • Dr Judith Smith, Head of Policy, The Nuffield Trust