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Course aims to produce world-class commissioners

GPs can hone their practical commissioning skills and earn masters degree credits on a new free Government-funded course.

Organisers aim to train up to 200 GPs, managers, nurses and pharmacists across England on the new Advanced Commissioning course.

The 15-month University of Teesside-accredited postgrad programme was designed by the NAPC, NHS Alliance and the NHS Institute for Innovation and Improvement.

Participants will concentrate on improving practical skills across a full commissioning year at national and regional ‘learning events'.

The course is free to GPs and those already commissioning health and social care, although travel and accommodation are not covered.

NAPC chair Dr James Kingsland said: ‘If you are involved in commissioning NHS and social care services as a practice-based commissioner, consortium lead or PCT commissioning manager, this course offers the opportunity

to develop your skills and knowledge in today's NHS.

‘You will be part of an initial cohort of up to 200 clinicians and managers who will be developing as a source of expertise for local areas.'

The course starts at the end of October.

For more information go to or contact the NAPC.

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