Clinically led approaches to planning and designing health services are more likely to be both innovative and effective. For this reason, clinical commissioning groups (CCGS) were set up to put GPs at the heart of NHS planning decisions. What progress have CCGs made in implementing their clinically led model and what more needs to be done?
Clinical commissioning: GPs in charge? culminates a four year research project conducted with The King’s Fund, which examined how GP attitudes towards clinical commissioning have evolved since their launch in 2013.
The report looks at what has been learnt in the last three years – including strategies to overcome challenges and identification of the main barriers to effective involvement – and makes recommendations for the future. Its findings about clinical involvement are relevant not only to policy-makers and CCGs but also to other organisations across the NHS involved in planning and designing services.