David Stout is deputy chief executive of the NHS Confederations and director of the Primary Care Trust Network.
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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