As of April 2018, 91% of CCGs have taken on delegated responsibility for the commissioning and management of primary medical services, but NHS England remains liable for the decisions they take. In November 2017 NHS England published the Policy and Guidance Manual to mitigate the risk of time-consuming and costly challenges to primary medical contracts.
PCC successfully supported NHS England in delivering national events to introduce the PGM in late 2017. Now it is running further events to clarify the guidance and regulations required to manage and govern these contracts properly.
The events on 19 June in Peterborough and 12 July in Sheffield focus on key aspects of the Policy and Guidance Manual, using scenarios and opportunities for questions to give commissioners a better understanding of contracting and patient matters.
You should attend if you have direct responsibility or oversight of the management of primary medical contracts in a CCG or if you work in an NHS England team providing support to CCGs in their new delegated roles.
As of this April, 91% of CCGs now have delegated responsibility for primary medical care. It’s doubtful whether a majority of them are fully prepared to discharge that responsibility, however. Not only will many lack the expertise and experience to take day to day decisions about the contracts they hold for general practice services, the contracting portfolios they have inherited from NHS England may be incomplete, out of date and poorly documented.
Most CCGs are now delegated, which means they have inherited responsibility for primary medical care contracts from NHS England. Unfortunately they haven’t all inherited an up-to-date schedule of contracts or complete paperwork for every provider.