The Audit Commission has for the first time told primary care trust board members how they can help ensure that practice-based commissioning is a success.

The Audit Commission has for the first time told primary care trust board members how they can help ensure that practice-based commissioning is a success.

In its first interim report on PBC, the commission has issued advice to board members and drawn up a checklist of 36 questions to be asked as PCTs roll out PBC.

The commission's advice follows a study of four areas where PBC take-up has hit 70-100 per cent among GP practices.

The commission suggests that PCT board members should ask themselves whether they have established how their PCT will monitor PBC, whether its budget-setting methodology is understood by practices, and whether arrangements are in place to ensure high-quality data is provided.

One of the biggest problems identified by the Audit Commission so far is that PCTs with widespread PBC take-up are not monitoring outcomes.

The Audit Commission will publish a fuller report on PBC early next year.