This is the largest national event for clinical commissioning, and it got even bigger this June. It was an amazing event and as well as being a great opportunity to showcase our business it was enormously valuable for our staff to be able step away from their day to day roles and come to a show like this to learn from others in the industry.
With healthcare budgets being released into CCG control from April 1st 2013, this year saw the Commissioning Show come of age, featuring over 250 exhibiting companies. It was attended by 4,360 healthcare professionals; 92% of CCGs and 100% of CSUs were represented so it was a fantastic opportunity to get exposure to decision makers. Our exhibition stand was primarily devoted to the Consultant Link Service which attracted lots of enthusiasm and interest and as a result we are in discussion with new commissioners across the country about setting up Consultant Link in their area.
The Commissioning Show was a great opportunity for GP Care to give presentations about our services. There were over 300 high profile speakers, including our own Dr Neil Crichton who presented “From Rhetoric to Reality- Redesigning patient friendly pathways in the community”. It highlighted the award winning DVT treatment pathway which has been developed by GP Care to offer treatment to patients close to home at the same time as making significant financial savings to the NHS. The service has been running for several years now and a lot has been learned during that time.
Key messages were:
- The importance of working in partnership with secondary care colleagues, developing trust and confidence in working practices;
- The fact that it is essential to have failsafe administrative and backup processes in place so that all aspects of clinical governance are covered.
- Unforeseen events occur and the commissioners need to be assured that these will be managed professionally and effectively so ensuring patient safety.
- GP practices acting in isolation have difficulty in managing this aspect of care so it is essential to have a supportive organisation overseeing policies and procedures.