Project Description

Delegated responsibility for Primary Care Commissioning provides the Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) with the opportunity to have more local decision making, working closely with local partners to further improve out-of-hospital care and making local commissioning decisions based on the best outcomes for patients.

Additional responsibilities include:

Key areas of work

  • To address national and local challenges in primary care, the Dorset Primary Care Commissioning Strategy was first published in 2016.   The Strategy has now been updated to reflect our evolving priorities and plans in light of the role of primary care in the Dorset Integrated Care System.   The refreshed GP Strategy Refresh 2019-2024 responds to the challenges and opportunities outlined in the NHS Long Term Plan and GP Contract reform guidance whilst strengthening primary care commissioning to meet local population needs as a fully delegated Clinical Commissioning Group.   
  • GP Practices in Dorset have been working collaboratively in localities to improve services for patients.   Primary Care Networks (PCNs) are a key part of the NHS Long Term Plan and there will be 18 PCNs across Dorset.    Through these Networks GPs can share ideas and ways to improve ways of working as commissioners and providers of services to support local communities more effectively by treating a broader range of health conditions, improving the quality of GP services and giving patients better access.   For information on what is available speak to your local practice or visit
Rob PayneHead of Primary and Community Care
Helen Clark/Sarah Howard/Karen PaynePrincipal P&CC Lead, Network Development
Di McLaughlinPrincipal P&CC Lead, Infrastructure and Workforce Planning
Luna HillPrincipal P&CC Lead, Commissioning and Contracting

Network Development

  • Support to Primary Care Networks and the wider ICS in order that more joined up care for the Dorset population can be provided including close working with Clinical Leads, Networks of practices, PPGs and the wider ICS including community, voluntary and acute providers;

  • Engage with the membership at a local level to enable effective interaction between all primary care functions, localities and the wider health community. The team coordinate a programme of meetings and events.

  • Review, deliver and embed Care Models including Enhanced Health in Care Homes and Long Term Conditions; Develop Personalised Care to ensure it is integral within every cae model; Using Population Health Management to understand inequalities across the Dorset ICS and utilising this within the delivery of care models.

Commissioning and Contracting

  • Ensure the population of Dorset has access to high quality and sustainable integrated primary and community care services to achieve the best possible outcomes;

  • Support Dorset GP practices with all aspects of managing and fulfilling their contractual obligations, both with their national and local contracts;

  • Support a collaborative approach to achieving Dorset’s integrated system outcomes, monitoring and reporting on performance;

  • Commission services in collaboration with Dorset CCG membership, System Partners, and aligned to Dorset CCG Primary Care, Integrated Community and Primary Care Services (ICPCS) model objectives and Sustainability and Transformational Plans;

  • Working with the health system including General Practice to identify and address variation in quality and outcomes.

Infrastructure and Workforce Planning

  • In partnership with General Practices, develop Locality Strategic Estate Plans which record the current condition of the primary care estate, set out a vision for the future and identify action plans and priorities;

  • Ensure that the Dorset STP Estate Strategy takes full account of the plans and challenges associated with the Primary Care estate;

  • Maximise opportunities for investment in the primary care estate, ensuring that premises are fit for the future;

  • Ensure that the primary care infrastructure is capable of supporting the introduction of new digital technologies;

  • In partnership with General Practices, develop Locality Workforce Plans which map current workforce profiles, set out a vision for the future and identify action plans and priorities.

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