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FAQs  

We have collated some frequently asked questions on NHS commissioning from members that may be of some assistance for you:

Please click on the questions below to view the relevant answers:

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All GP practices will have to belong to a Clinical Commissioning Group. The announcement that GPs will take over this commissioning role was made in the 2010 White Paper, ‘Equity and Excellence: Liberating the NHS'. This is part of the Governments' wider desire to create a clinically-driven commissioning system that is more sensitive to the needs of patients. CCGs will work with patients and healthcare professionals and in partnership with local communities and local authorities. The groups will have, in addition to GPs, at least one registered nurse and a doctor who is a secondary care specialist. The CCGs will be overseen by the newly formed independent NHS Commissioning Board which will make sure that CCGs have the capacity and capability to commission services successfully and to meet their financial responsibilities.

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Providers of health care, whose services are currently commissioned by Primary Care Trusts (PCTs), will compete to work with the GP commissioners. CCGs will be responsible for buying health and care services that include:

  • Elective hospital care
  • Rehabilitation care
  • Urgent and emergency care
  • Most community health services
  • Mental health and learning disability services

Within the CCG, there will be a Mental Health lead, and also a commissioning support officer. These will be the people ultimately responsible for tendering the contract for primary care psychological therapies

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We have devised a marketing plan and a business case to help you formulate your approach to gaining a primary care contract, please follow the links below for the information:

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Relationship building with GPs is essential as they will ultimately be the driving force behind the utilisation of your service and other such services being commissioned for psychological therapies.

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BACP provides a suite of resources, free of charge, to members to provide you with the best possible information to guide you through the NHS commissioning pathways, see the commissioning section of this and the main bacp website. BACP Healthcare department also provides a free of charge email reply service for any questions members may have.

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Whilst not mandatory for AQP and AQP is not being used everywhere by commissioners, BACP nevertheless recommends that all its members join the new voluntary register as soon as possible, as it is widely recognised as a benchmark for the highest standards of the profession.