Understanding primary care co-commissioning
Understanding primary care co-commissioning: uptake, development and impacts
Duration of Study in the UK
2 years, 1 months, 30 days
The overarching aims are to understand the ways in which Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) are responding to their new responsibilities and to provide evidence about enabling or constraining factors which will be of value both to CCGs and to NHS England as they navigate this process. In research terms, this study will provide evidence relevant to our wider understanding of incremental policy roll out and the implications of allowing GPs a significant role in commissioning services which they themselves provide. More broadly, it will add to a longitudinal dataset which provides evidence about the development of CCGs from their earliest days in shadow form to their new role as commissioners of services across the care pathway including primary, community and acute services. This evidence will allow us to explore broader issues to do with clinically-led commissioning, including: accountability; roles, engagement and identity and how these change over time; integration and local partnership working; conflicts of interest and how these can be managed; and how commissioning can contribute to the development of responsive services which meet patients’ needs.