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The report, Clinical commissioning groups: supporting improvement in general practice?, will be available at: www.kingsfund.org.uk/clinicalcommissioning
The report is part of The evolution of clinical commissioning: learning from local experience project that aims to understand the development of CCGs and the challenges they face. The project began in November 2012 and will continue until 2015, with an interim report each year detailing findings to date.
In subsequent years, the project will explore how clinical commissioning groups implement their responsibility to support improvement in general practice and the involvement of member GPs in commissioning activities. A key line of inquiry throughout the project is the extent to which new clinical commissioners differ from previous forms of commissioning organisation (principally primary care trusts) and whether they are likely to be more or less effective in bringing about changes to local health services.
Clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) are one of the centrepieces of the government's NHS reform programme. These new GP-led groups control the majority of the NHS budget and have the task of using this money to improve health services in their local area. The success of the reforms rests largely upon these new organisations being able to make significant changes that improve the quality and productivity of care.
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