Notes to editors
- For further information or interviews, please contact The King’s Fund press and public affairs office on 020 7307 2585, 020 7307 2632 or 020 7307 2581. An ISDN line is available for interviews on 020 7637 0185.
- The King’s Fund is a charity that seeks to understand how the health system in England can be improved. Using that insight, we help to shape policy, transform services and bring about behaviour change. Our work includes research, analysis, leadership development and service improvement. We also offer a wide range of resources to help everyone working in health to share knowledge, learning and ideas.
- The NHS Alliance is the only independent body that brings together primary care trusts’ chief executives and other senior managers, doctors and practice managers, nurses, pharmacists and allied health professionals, along with board chairs and members. We are a value-driven organisation, with no political affiliation, which works in partnership with various bodies associated with the NHS to create a progressive health service that is free from the traditional tribalism of single interest groups.
- PBC two years on: moving forward and making a difference? is available to download from The King’s Fund and NHS Alliance websites from Wednesday 1 July 2009: www.kingsfund.org.uk/publications and www.nhsalliance.org
- The survey was sent out via email to the NHS Alliance members’ network as well as to the PBC consortia/practices identified through NHS Networks’ ‘PBC connection’. A response was submitted by 321 people, which compares favourably with the 257 responses received in 2007. Recipients were encouraged to forward on the survey to colleagues so it is not possible to calculate an exact response rate. This survey could be described as a straw poll; it is not a representative sample and we do not claim that the results necessarily represent the views of the wider GP, practice manager and PCT community. However, we do believe that it provides a valuable insight into the views of those most closely involved with PBC. Of those who responded, 45 per cent were GPs and 26 per cent were practice managers.
- * Department of Health (2009). Clinical Commissioning: our vision for practice-based commissioning. London: Department of Health.
- ** The King’s Fund’s major 2008 study, Practice-based commissioning: reinvigorate, replace or abandon?, by Natasha Curry, Nick Goodwin, Chris Naylor, Ruth Robertson, is available to download from The King's Fund’s website.