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This week on the Commissioning Channel

Guts, passion and perseverance are the keys to successfully integrating health and social care commissioning, says accountable officer for Kingston CCG and director of health and adult services for the Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames David Smith. Visit the channel, where David talks about Kingston’s highlights so far and their approach to tackling challenges.

No CCG is an island and they will need to look beyond their own local commissioning role to ensure quality, access and outcomes requirements are met. Mills & Reeve’s Julie Jordan explores the key issues to consider in developing a collaboration.

The advent of CCGs and standalone community trusts has raised the question of how community nursing teams should be organised in the future. Alison Moore looks at whether changes really are responding to the need for coordinated care.

Around 100,000 Nepalese now live in the UK, following changes in the law allowing ex-Gurkhas and their families to settle here. Alison Moore finds out what this means for local health services and how commissioners can respond to the challenges of such distinct groups.

An important issue facing the emerging CCG community is how to engage members of their governing bodies. Mills & Reeve partner Martin Brewer looks at the options.

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