Health think tank The King’s Fund has published a report Thinking differently about commissioning: learning from new approaches to local planning, which explores the implications of increased collaboration and integration for clinical commissioning. Looking at examples from three CCGs in England, it looks at the opportunities that come with more collaborative commissioning models.
Responding to the report, Julie Wood, NHSCC’s chief executive, said: “This is a very interesting piece of work from the Kings Fund which NHS Clinical Commissioners welcomes, which highlights that there doesn’t appear to be a ‘one size fits all’ model for how clinical commissioning will happen in the future NHS structure. In our discussions with ICS/STP leads, we have already identified that there needs to be an amount of flexibility for local leaders to decide what works best for them, but as the report says, it remains critical that clinical commissioning is part of the decision-making mix between commissioners, providers and all other players in the health and care system. The more we can break down barriers as some of the case studies show, the better, as this can clearly lead to improved health outcomes for patients and reduction in health inequalities.”
6 February 2020