This project is mapping where and how a market in primary care is opening up in the NHS in England, with a particular focus on general practice services. In early 2008, a series of interviews were conducted with strategic health authorities, PCTs and provider organisations to explore their views and experiences of competition and contestability in primary care. A key aim of the project is to identify what impact the APMS contracting route is having on general practice, for example in terms of increasing capacity or encouraging the development of innovative models of care. The analysis will draw out lessons for future policy, in particular in terms of how PCTs can be supported to effectively commission primary care provision and manage the market.
Opening up the Primary Care Market (PDF)
Choice and competition in primary care: Much ado about nothing (Policy Paper 2) (PDF)
Researchers: Jo Ellins, Chris Ham and Helen Parker
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