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Are there lessons for commissioners from a recent national audit of access to general practice? Here, William Palmer and Jenny George suggest there are

Are there lessons for commissioners from a recent national audit of access to general practice? Here, William Palmer and Jenny George suggest there are

Reflecting the importance of general practice, the National Audit Office (NAO) – which scrutinises public spending for the UK Parliament and is independent of the Government – carried out a research programme on access to these services.

Angela Sharda talks to GP Dr Rahul Thakur about his role as diabetic clinical lead at East Lancashire clinical commissioning group (CCG)

The rising workload in clinical commissioning groups is keeping everyone busy. Angela Sharda quizzes the chair of NHS West Hampshire CCG on how she rises to the challenge

Q. What were the biggest achievements for your clinical commissioning group (CCG) in 2016?  

A. The whole CCG pulled together to deliver a break-even position in our finances at the end of 2015/16. All of our practices are part of GP federations and are working on new models of care. Many of the new services, for example care navigators, have been reviewed by Wessex Academic Health Science Network and found to be of high quality and cost effective.

Q. What are your biggest challenges at the moment?

Basildon and Brentwood CCG is proposing to cut funding from sterilisation services for men and women

Basildon and Brentwood CCG is proposing to cut funding from sterilisation services for men and women
A bid for further devolution in the South East was “like a bolt out of the blue” for a Hampshire CCG, who were cut out of the councils’ plans

A bid for further devolution in the South East was “like a bolt out of the blue” for a Hampshire CCG, who were cut out of the councils’ plans

The buzz around the devolution to Greater Manchester may have quietened down but steps have been taken in the county to start pushing plans ahead