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CPPE launches new workshop: Liberating the NHS: Communicating locally with commissioners and GP consortia

 

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CPPE launches new workshop: Liberating the NHS: Communicating locally with commissioners and GP consortia

The Centre for Pharmacy Postgraduate Education (CPPE) is pleased to announce the launch of a new workshop: Liberating the NHS: Communicating locally with commissioners and GP consortia.

Running nationwide in early 2011, the workshop has been designed to make pharmacists and pharmacy technicians practising in England aware of the coalition government’s vision for pharmacy as set out in the NHS white paper, Equity and excellence: Liberating the NHS.

 

Government plans for the NHS include the abolition of primary care trusts (PCTs) and strategic health authorities, and handing responsibility for commissioning most NHS services to consortia of GP practices. An NHS commissioning board will be created, which will hold the consortia to account and will also commission some services, including pharmacy, general medical, dentistry, primary ophthalmic, specialist and maternity services.

 

A public health service will be created, which will integrate and streamline the functions of existing bodies, such as the Health Protection Agency and the National Treatment Agency. The budget for public health will be ring-fenced and responsibility for commissioning public health services will transfer from PCTs to local authorities.

 

“Our new workshop, Liberating the NHS: Communicating locally with commissioners and GP consortia, will look at these changes as they are developing and what their impact on pharmacy will be,” explains Dr Christopher Cutts, director of CPPE. “Pharmacists and pharmacy technicians will need to engage with GP consortia and commissioners, and so we will look at improving their communication skills with local GPs and other healthcare professionals. We will also help them develop an action plan to prepare for these changes.”

 

Each workshop lasts for 2.5 hours and is facilitated by a CPPE tutor. Ahead of the session, learners will be sent a copy of Book 1 of CPPE’s Communicating locally with commissioners and GP consortia to help them prepare. During the event, the group will be able to discuss some of the key policy and guidance documents in more detail, undertake practice activities, ask questions to a local expert and begin planning for the future.   

 

CPPE will host 90 of these events across England, starting in January. For more details on CPPE events and workshops, visit: www.cppe.ac.uk/events