David Stout is deputy chief executive of the NHS Confederations and director of the Primary Care Trust Network.
David Stout: what did PCTs ever do for us?Subscription
Looking at PCTs’ proud legacy.
Patient involvement has always been integral to NHS services, so it is vital that commissioners now ensure local people respond to engagement opportunities, says David Stout.
Amid the controversy around the government’s NHS reforms, relatively little attention has been given to the role of the NHS Commissioning Board.
Latest world class commissioning scores show PCTs rising to new challenges in needs assessment and service design. With this responsibility transferring to GP consortia the lessons in the high quality ‘competencies’ must survive, says David Stout
Is this the end of the road for PCTs?Subscription
The winding down of PCTs must be handled with kid gloves if disruption to services - and loss of talent - is to be avoided
Globalisation and the health serviceSubscription
Globalisation poses challenges for the NHS as it copes with rising demands and the needs of a diverse community, writes David Stout
PCTs under pressure to open doors widerSubscription
With the disappointing results from last month's primary care access survey, the government is expecting a fast response from PCTs. David Stout suggests competition between practices could be the answer