Over the Christmas break we are bringing you a round-up of key topics from our commissioning, innovation and efficiency, and leadership channels.
In this focus on commissioning resources we highlight a selection of best practice articles from 2012. Among them, Phil Kenmore explores how clinical commissioning group leaders are evolving to match their unique local health “ecosystems”, Penny Newman explains why a more serious approach to medical leadership is needed in the new era of GP-led CCGs, and Mark Hayes looks at the gaps commissioners will need to close to build a sustainable NHS.
Local variation means that there is also no single “right” model of leadership for CCGs, says Phil Kenmore.
A more thoughtful and serious approach to medical leadership is needed in the new era of GP-led CCGs. We explain the five criteria that impede and enable sustainable GP management, with Penny Newman.
The benefits of reform will be maximised if CCGs and local area teams are allowed to work together on commissioning GP services, argues Paul Cook.
To build a sustainable NHS we can no longer ignore the gaps separating the theory of change and improvement and its real implementation, writes Mark Hayes.
Collaboration between CCGs and academic institutions can help CCGs maintain the patient and public involvement required by the reformed health sector, says Grete Smith.
The questions raised by Monitor’s “fair playing field” review are enough to show it is timely, according to Tim Winn.