Notes to editors
Notes to editors
- For further information or interviews, please contact the King’s Fund press office on 020 7307 2585, 020 7307 2632 or 020 7307 2581 or the NHS Alliance press office on 01246 410707. An ISDN line is available at the King’s Fund for interviews on 020 7637 0185.
- The report is based on a brief questionnaire, which was emailed to more than 600 members of PBC and practice management networks run by the NHS Alliance. A total of 257 responses were received. The questionnaire is not a representative sample and both the King’s Fund and NHS Alliance do not claim that the results necessarily represent the views of the wider GP and practice manager community. However, the findings do provide a valuable insight into the views of the general practice ‘front line’. Of those who responded, 70 per cent were practice managers and 25 per cent were GPs.
- Practice-based commissioning (PBC) is the devolution of commissioning roles from PCTs to general practice teams, together with financial accountability for ‘indicative budgets’ (although practices manage their use of resources, formal financial accountability remains with the PCTs). The Department of Health has identified a number of objectives to be delivered through PBC: a greater variety of services; services delivered by a greater number of providers and in settings that are closer to home and more convenient to patients; more efficient use of services; and greater involvement of front-line doctors and nurses in commissioning decisions.
- The King’s Fund is an independent charitable foundation working for better health, especially in London. We carry out research, policy analysis and development activities, working on our own, in partnerships, and through funding. We are a major resource to people working in health and social care, offering leadership development programmes; conferences, seminars and workshops; publications; information and library services; and conference and meeting facilities.
- The NHS Alliance is the independent body that represents primary care. Its membership includes PCTs, GP practices and other primary care organisations, alongside individual clinicians, managers and non-executives. Its multi-professional base means it is the only organisation that can bring PCTs and practices together. It has twelve active professional networks for practice based commissioners, PEC chairs, chief executives, non-executives, primary care providers and more.