Practice-based commissioning briefing

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Practice-based commissioning (PBC) is a policy intended to give more decision-making power over NHS resources to general practitioners (GPs), and allow them to design and deliver completely new services or commission others to do so.

It has a number of underlying policy objectives including delivering more cost effective and convenient forms of treatment outside hospital.

Practice-based commissioning is a key strand of recent NHS reform policy in England alongside Payment by Results, patient choice and enhanced competition between providers.

This briefing looks at the development of PBC in England, examines the pace of implementation and offers some analysis of the impact – current and future – on NHS services.