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Commissioning

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Interactive commissioning system map

HSJ has updated its comprehensive interactive map of the reformed NHS commissioning system, showing critical details about the new organisations.

At least 10 PCTs to be bailed out by peers in 2012-13

At least 10 primary care trusts would face finishing 2012-13 in the red without loans or bailouts from their neighbouring commissioners, HSJ research has found.

Caldicott expected to raise legal doubts over CSU data services

The NHS Information Centre for health and social care is increasing its capacity to store and manage data in the expectation that commissioning support units will be prevented from holding sensitive information about patients.

Bob Rickets

Ricketts: don't externalise before CSS market is mature

Plans to “externalise” commissioning support units should be given a lower priority over the next two to three years than establishing a market in support services, HSJ has been told.

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Mandate requires board to guarantee CCG autonomy

Clinical commissioning groups have received a strengthened commitment from ministers to ensure their autonomy, and new powers to rate the performance of the NHS Commissioning Board.

Board could force CCGs to work with its teams on reconfigur​ation

The NHS Commissioning Board will have the ability to force clinical commissioning groups to work with centrally appointed groups of doctors on reconfiguration programmes.

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HSJ Briefing: general practice services and policy

The growing pressure for general practice to meet rising NHS demand rests on a slow but steady path of improvement

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Commissioning board extends control as 'specialised' budget balloons

The budget for specialised commissioning will increase by more than 40 per cent, in a move which will centralise responsibility for many services.

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DH tracker shows cluster confidence

Primary care trust leaders are overwhelmingly confident about the progress being made towards setting up the new NHS structure, internal reports obtained by HSJ reveal. However, many areas are experiencing difficulties establishing the local operations of the NHS Commissioning Board.

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Big drop in GPs lined up for CCG leader roles

Less than a quarter of the clinical commissioning groups created under the government’s NHS reforms will have GPs as their accountable officers, an HSJ investigation has found.

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Planning, complaints and collaboration are common problems for CCGs

Early feedback from the clinical commissioning group authorisation process has highlighted planning, complaints and collaboration as some of the most difficult issues.

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Huge variation in CCG staff numbers

There will be huge variation between clinical commissioning groups’ internal staff numbers and their reliance on independent support services, according to the first analysis of the structure of the new groups.

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Exclusive: Government faces Lib-Lab challenge over Health Act regulations

The government is facing a joint Labour-Liberal Democrat challenge to Health Act regulations which impose restrictions on the membership of clinical commissioning group governing bodies.

Final sign-off for CCG authorisation to be put back a month

Clinical commissioning groups will be authorised a month later than previously planned, the NHS Commissioning Board has announced.

Charles Alessi

Hunt urged to give GP commissioners autonomy

GP and clinical commissioner representatives have given a cautious welcome to the new health secretary, urging him to maintain commitment to local autonomy.

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FTs expect CCGs to reverse activity growth next year

Foundation trusts expect clinical commissioning groups to oversee an unprecedented reduction in activity in 2013-14, Monitor has revealed.

Health secretary Andrew Lansley

Rising GP referrals contradict Lansley claims

Emergent clinical commissioning groups have been unable to prevent GP referrals hitting a new high, contradicting repeated claims by the health secretary that they were already reducing demand for secondary care, HSJ analysis has found.

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Competition panel to probe referral management

The NHS Cooperation and Competition Panel has begun a probe of the competition implications of providers operating systems to manage patient referrals.

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Commissioning support market faces heavy regulation

The NHS Commissioning Board has revealed the future market in commissioning support services is likely to be heavily regulated, potentially including restrictions on firms making a dividend.

'Developmental' CCG authorisation process gets underway

'Developmental' CCG authorisation process gets underway

The authorisation of clinical commissioning groups will be an “iterative process” – with organisations able to correct their weaknesses throughout the process – government regulations have confirmed.

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Charles Alessi

The NHS has its own currency crisis

The currencies that drive activity and behaviour in the NHS are rooted in the past

Nick Seddon

Time for the NHS to import innovation

The NHS must reform its culture, not just reorganise its structure

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The board's first challenges

The commissioning board face difficult times ahead with the weight of expectation heavy

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