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24 May 2012
NHS Clinical Commissioners establish Person and Community Centred Commissioning (PC3) Forum
NHS Clinical Commissioners - a coalition established by National Association of Primary Care and NHS Alliance, supported by NHS Confederation and the independent voice of CCGs - today announced it is hosting a new Forum for CCGs committed to driving forward person and community centred commissioning (PC3).
Known as PC3 Forum for short, it will bring together CCGs that wish to champion and drive forward great person and community centred commissioning work. It will provide:
- A peer-led learning set that creates a space for CCGs to exchange ideas about what is working well around person and community centred commissioning - and as a source of help to get started and progress beyond authorisation;
- A 'go to' place for NHS Clinical Commissioners to gather insight and co-produce resources and guidance on CCG led person and community centred commissioning practice;
- A spur to creative person and community centred policy thinking within The NHS Commissioning Board;
- A hothouse for innovation in person and community centred commissioning.
The PC3 Forum has received initial start-up funding through a Department of Health grant.
The Forum is being run on behalf of NHS Clinical Commissioners by Georgina Craig, NHS Alliance Co-lead for Patient and Public Involvement (PPI) and Maggie Marum, Consultant to NAPC. Clinical support will be provided by Dr Brian Fisher, NHS Alliance Co-lead for PPI and Dr Charles Alessi, Chair NAPC.
There is no financial cost for participation in PC3, although CCGs will be expected to commit time, expertise and insight to make PC3 a success.
Dr Brian Fisher said: "We want to link clinical commissioners who are committed to and driven by person and community centred values; those who are building commissioning models that involve people as equal partners at all levels. We believe that by supporting each other, CCGs will inspire and be inspired - and accelerate all our progress."
Dr Charles Alessi added: "PC3 is one way in which NHS Clinical Commissioners is leading by example. There are many CCGs that are already doing great work and this is an opportunity to show case how rewarding it is to work in partnership with people and communities to improve care."
Notes to editors:
1. NHS CC is a coalition of NAPC and NHS Alliance, working in partnership with NHS Confederation, to provide an independent single voice for clinical commissioning and CCGs.
3. CCGs who join PC3 can expect to:
o Accelerate their development towards and beyond authorisation
o Access leading edge thinking and innovative ways of working
o Find leaner, more effective ways to do commissioning and PPI
o Scope and commission (or deliver in-house) more effective, lean commissioning management support
o Contribute to policy thinking at NHS Commissioning Board so that policy is enabling and releases you to commission and deliver great care.
4. Early activities that PC3 will focus on include:
o An email network
o A set of learning resources
o Forum exchange sessions at existing meetings in the CCG calendar e.g. Commissioning Show, NAPC and NHS Alliance conferences
o A Time Bank of buddying and other peer support towards and beyond CCG authorisation
o A direct voice/link with policymakers
o A website and webinars for catch up sessions and to share best practice.
'NHS Clinical Commissioners is a coalition of the NAPC and the NHS Alliance, working in partnership with The NHS Confederation, to establish an independent collective voice for clinical commissioners and Clinical Commissioning Groups'