First, it could boost the strength of commissioning. Second, it could harness the talents of clinicians in managing and planning health services.
This paper looks at the benefits of practice-led commissioning, and what it could mean within the new NHS structures.
It explores the lessons of GP fundholding, total purchasing, and locality/GP commissioning pilots.
Finally, it looks at ways of implementing practice-led commissioning, highlighting strategic risks and identifying where practice-led commissioning would be most welcome.