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The top five PBC websites

Editor Rebecca Norris selects the most useful PBC websites

Editor Rebecca Norris selects the most useful PBC websites

1 The NHS Alliance

The website of the GP-led NHS Alliance includes regular newsletters from the chair of its practice-based commissioning federation network, which scrutinises Government guidance on PBC and shares anecdotes and challenges from across the country. Other features include news, online polls, guidance, events listings and details of winners of its annual Acorn awards, which features a PBC category.

2 The National Association of Primary Care

The website of the GP-led National Association of Primary Care contains useful news, reports, guidance and case studies on PBC; details of PBC training events and conferences; a free downloadable web broadcast from an NAPC PBC conference; an online forum allowing NAPC members to exchange views; and details of the association's PBC support hotline.

3 British Medical Association

The BMA's site is a useful resource for GPs concerned that their PCT is not supporting PBC. From the home page click on ‘General practitioners', then ‘Commissioning and service provision', and then ‘Practice-based commissioning', to find official GPC guidance. This includes a model letter GPs and/or LMCs can fire off to PCTs reminding them of their obligations in relation to PBC.

4 The Improvement Foundation

The Improvement Foundation is funded by the Department of Health to run the PBC development programme, which now supports 2,450 practices. From the home page, click ‘Topics', then ‘Practice-based commissioning', to find latest results from the pilots, useful templates, at-a-glance guides, training and events listings and PBC webcasts (accessible to NHS staff only).

5 NHS Networks

This site contains an impressive database of case studies. From the home page click on ‘Resources', then ‘Commissioning', to find 400 examples of innovations posted by PCTs and practice-based commissioners. A ‘latest entries' section helpfully allows visitors to read the most up-to-date additions. There is also an online discussion forum containing a commissioning theme.

The best of the rest…

The Department of Health website isn't the easiest to navigate, nevertheless it contains PBC pages with latest guidance and news and a Tenders section inviting bids for service. Also find the page for the Framework for procuring External Support for Commissioners for a flavour of how the department is starting to privatise commissioning functions.

Primary Care Contracting

Click on the PBC link from the home page to find a useful series of bulletins, themed by topic such as governance, redesign, pharmacy and patient involvement.

The NHS Institute for Innovation and Improvement The NHS Institute for Innovation and Improvement contains case studies on service redesign.

The website of Xytal, a GP-led company offering training, coaching and consultancy on PBC.

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