RCGP, NHS Confederation set up consortia network
The Royal College of GPs (RCGP) is teaming up with the NHS Confederation to set up a support network for new GP commissioning consortia.
The proposed 'GP Commissioning Consortia Network' aims to advocate on behalf of GP commissioning organisations as new policies are developed and put in place, as well shaping those policies to ensure that improvements in systems and patient care remain paramount.
The network will offer "a valuable forum for commissioners to come together to discuss ideas and share learning", according to a statement from the organisations.
RCGP Chair Dr Clare Gerada said: "The white paper offers many opportunities - and many challenges - for health professionals and the new world of commissioning takes us into previously unchartered waters.
"Commissioning consortia will need a body that represents their views and acts as their collective voice. The RCGP and NHS Confederation, with our individual but complementary expertise, are best placed to provide this support."
Nigel Edwards, acting Chief Executive of the NHS Confederation, said: "The new world of the NHS set out in the white paper means a radical new agenda for GPs working together in commissioning consortia. Bringing commissioners and providers together will allow us to combine our strengths and offer practical and beneficial services to new commissioning organisations."
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By Caroline Price