The implications of GP Commissioning for the Third Sector

Posted on Friday 12th August 2011

A new paper by HSMC colleagues Helen Dickinson and Robin Miller explores the implications of the Coalition Government’s Health Reforms for the Third Sector, focusing particularly on issues relating to demand, democratic voice and community engagement, and skills and capacity.

The authors note that the abolition of PCTs will significantly change the nature of the health commissioning landscape and risks putting existing relationships between commissioners and Third Sector organisations in jeopardy. ‘It takes time to make links and develop trust and understanding,’ says Robin, ‘so there is a danger that these organisations lose contracts as links with existing commissioners are broken and the newly established Clinical Commissioning Consortia choose to commission different types of organisations to deliver services, a real concern given that GPs have often been criticised as operating within a predominantly biomedical model of care.’

Read the full article: GP Commissioning: Implications for the Third Sector (pdf; opens in new window)