We have published a new course that is available through healthcpd.net. Commissioning for Providers, written by Primary Care Commissioning (PCC), looks at what commissioning actually is, how it has developed and how it is going to keep changing. It introduces the idea of how the "building blocks" of commissioning - planning, securing and monitoring - can be broken down, how they interact with one another, and how understanding them can help provide better services for everyone.

The course is aimed at health professionals who want to know more about the commissioning process. This may be to enhance their role as a provider and understand how and when to engage with commissioners or those who are becoming more involved in commissioning.  As a result of working through the course learners will be able to:

  • Understand the history of commissioning in the NHS

  • Understand the roles of the new organisations in the NHS

  • Identify the key elements of the commissioning processes

  • Relate the important elements of the planning for services

  • Determine the requirement for procuring services.

  • Consider the elements and implications of contract management

PCC are currently working on more courses for health professionals which will be published later this year. If you want more information on these just let us know.