Commissioning has an impact on patient outcomes, and whether services meet the wider needs of the population, and deliver value for money for the taxpayer.

Our recent work and content on this topic is listed below.

Quiet bravery: how two local health economies are transforming their health and social care

10 December 2015

'What we know is that our current models for delivering long-term care aren’t sustainable. We can’t keep being paternalistic and wanting to fix everybody and expecting everybody to just comply with ou...

Outcomes-based commissioning - much promise, but is it something that CCGs can actually deliver on?

24 September 2015

Outcomes-based commissioning is all the rage in the NHS. Many clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) are seeing it as currently the only viable commissioning route to deliver on the vision set out in th...

Impact of key GP characteristics on unscheduled secondary care use and patient outcomes

Research project

The Frontier Economics project examined whether GPs who are involved in training, commissioning and other initiatives achieve better outcomes for patients with long-term conditions, and contribute to ...

A fork in the road: the Enhanced Tariff Option

6 March 2015

It’s been an important couple of weeks for the finance departments of all providers of NHS services. Following objections from 13% of commissioners, and 75% of relevant NHS providers by share of suppl...

Health Foundation reacts to 88% of providers opting for Enhanced Tariff Option

Press release
6 March 2015

It has been announced today (6 March 2015) that 211 out of 241 NHS trusts have agreed to accept a new offer for national prices for services from NHS England and Monitor, the health service regulator....

What are the implications of objections to the 2015/16 tariff?

5 February 2015

Last week Monitor and NHS England announced that, due to the number of objections raised against their proposals for the 2015/16 tariff, implementation of the new tariff would be delayed. Just over 1 ...

Star: helping commissioners to allocate resources efficiently

Newsletter feature
27 February 2014

Star is a new approach to priority setting in healthcare, which combines value for money analysis with stakeholder engagement. We talk to Professor Bevan, whose team at LSE developed the approach, abo...

Developing a family-centred service through redesign, delivery and commissioning

Improvement project

Stoke-on-Trent experiences a high prevalence of long-term conditions and data demonstrates that lack of communication and coordination across services exacerbates the problem. This project is piloting...

Social prescribing: integrating GP and community health assets

Improvement project

Commissioned by City and Hackney Clinical Commissioning Group, this project aimed to improve the relationship between GPs and the local community, and to improve outcomes for patients. Wellbeing co-or...

Personal perspectives on the future of primary care

Newsletter feature
19 June 2013

Primary care, and in particular GP services, are increasingly the centre of attention when it comes to reforms to the UK health system. We talked to a range of senior leaders about what they feel are ...

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