Why are we interested in this project?
Increasing emphasis is being placed on the role that commissioning can play in improving health services. Commissioning is a multi-faceted process that aims to ensure that the purchasing of services on behalf of a population is based on an analysis of local health needs.
Primary care trusts are increasingly turning to external organisations to provide specialist skills, for example in data analysis and in the financial and management skills needed in the commissioning process.
We wanted to explore the role and impact that external organisations providing commissioning support services have had so far, and might have in the future.