What is commissioning and how can I help in my GP job?
“Commissioning is the process of assessing needs, planning and prioritising, purchasing and monitoring health services, to get the best health outcomes” – NHS England
In your GP job you are able to act as the conduit between front-line services at primary care level and the commissioning groups who make decisions as to how services and funds are prioritised in your local area. Further up the chain, you can also get involved in local government decision making and at a national level should you choose to pursue this line of work.
Do I have the skills to get involved with commissioning as a newly qualified GP?
If you’re thinking about diversifying your GP role into commissioning here is a list of things to consider which is taken from the Joint Committee on Postgraduate Training for General Practice – Organisational Ability
- Would you be confident in assessing the health status, needs and expectations of the practice population
- Able to plan, organise and manage a practice to provide a broad range of accessible services including health promotion and preventative activities
- Able to function as a member of a multidisciplinary, practice based team and when appropriate, and able to assume the responsibilities of a team leader
- Able to make effective use of resources including, for example, money, time and skills
- Able to organise and carry out effective clinical audit
- Conversant with and willing to participate in the work of organisations that advise, plan and assist in the development and administration of health services
“Whether right now you feel confident in all of the above or just some of it, doesn’t matter – you don’t need any experience, just an interest and eagerness to help shape health and social care policy and practice” commented Dr Richard Daly, Clinical Director of Partnerships at East Lancashire CCG and local GP at St. Nicholas Group Practice in Burnley. In his experience most GPs involved with commissioning will work two days a week in their surgery and two days a week in their commissioning role.
Where can I find out more about being a GP and commissioning?
If you’re keen to learn more about commissioning and how in your GP job you can get involved visit The King’s Fund website, they are an independent think tank brimming with work related to the health system in England. They host a helpful video about how the NHS works which is a great introduction for those interested in diversifying their GP career with commissioning: How does the NHS in England work?
You can also contact your local CCG, the personal assistant to the Clinical Director is often a helpful place to start.
Contact Prospect Health GP Team for more information
Should a role in commissioning be of interest and you’d like to find a GP practice that will support your development Prospect Health can help. The GP Team and Prospect Health will happily chat to you about the location you’re looking to work in and investigate and present opportunities – call today on 01423 813454 or email firstname.lastname@example.org