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Practice-based commissioning fillip

Today Pulse launches a major conference to help you get to grips with practice-based commissioning.

A line-up of top speakers, headed by Dr James Kingsland, chair of the National Association of Primary Care, and Niall Dickson, chief executive of the King's Fund, will give GPs essential practical advice to take advantage of the scheme's possibilities ­ and avoid its pitfalls.

The conference in London will explore:

  • What's in it for GPs and patients
  • How to generate savings
  • Managing it at practice level
  • Lessons from the pilots
  • What models work best
  • How PBC fits wider policy

Other speakers include Dr Mark Hunt, GP and former Government adviser, and Andrew Lockhart-Mirams, the lawyer who advised the BMA on the new GMS contract. Hosted by Pulse columnist Dr Andy Jones, the one-day conference will also hear from Dr Tom Debenham, a GP in Exmouth, Devon, who generated £350,000 of savings in just seven months.

Dr Debenham said: 'It's not going to save the NHS, but it's going to move things forward. If you avoid it you're being narrow-minded.'

The Pulse seminar takes place on 23 May at the Royal College of Physicians in London.

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