COMMISIONING & THE HEALTH REFORMS
In July 2010 the government published a white paper setting out their long term visiion for the NHS. The subsequent bill published in January 2011 aims to put patients at the heart of the NHS, focus on improving outcomes and empower local organisations and professionals.
As a result, all GP practices need to be part of a GP consortium. The consortia have been assigned budgets and be responsible for commissioning the majority of local primary care and hospital services. This work was being done by the primary care trusts which was dissolved in April 2013. Individual practices are not required to take commissioning and financial decisions by themselves. Patients have a stronger say in making decisions about their health and well-being and are more actively involved in commisioning decisions.
Little Venice Medical Centre is proud to have been an active member of the local GP Consortium, Central London Healthcare (CLH), since its formation in 2006. Our Doctors and staff regularly attend meetings and patients from the practice sit on the CLH patient user panel. CLH is a non profit organisation comprising of local NHS practices who work together to deliver high quality primary health care with the ability to commission new community based healthcare services for its 130,000 patients.