FINANCE: The north central London commissioning cluster has identified four areas where it thinks there is scope to apply Any Qualified Provider rules next year.

The cluster represents Barnet, Camden, Haringey, Islington and Enfield primary care trusts. It has picked out adult hearing services, wheelchair services (children), podiatry and MSK services as those where there was a “workable balance between the issues, risks and other logistical factors in order to implement this Department of Health initiative”.

Commissioners had to choose at least three from a list that also included: continence services (adults and children), “diagnostic tests closer to home such as some types of imaging, cardiac and respiratory investigations to support primary assessment of presenting symptoms”, venous leg ulcer and wound healing and primary care psychological therapies (adults)”.

Commissioners must choose the final three they will pursue by putting out for tender under AQP terms by the end of October.