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:

  • Development of a clearer, more joined up vision for Primary Medical Care, which is aligned to wider CCG plans for improving health services and care closer to home;

  • Supporting the development of increased local clinical leadership and public involvement in Primary Medical Care Commissioning, enabling more local decision making;

  • Supporting the creation of improved opportunities for GP Practices to work together and with wider community teams.

  • Supporting the delivery of estate, technology and workforce transformation in primary care settings. 

Key areas of work

To address national and local challenges in primary care, the Dorset Primary Care Commissioning Strategy and GPFV Delivery Plan was developed to address investment in primary care sustainability.

The map below shows the geographical areas of Dorset which is split into 13 localities each having a GP Locality Chair. These Locality Chairs feedback local issues from practices to the CCG, through meetings and other events. Each Locality is looking at ways to improve services which could be through a group of GP surgeries working with other local providers. The idea is that through these networks GPs can share ideas and 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 spek to your local practice or visit

Primary Care Management

Dr. Anu Dhir/Dr Claire LehmanPrimary Care Clinical Leads
Sarah Howard/Karen PaynePrincipal P&CC Lead, Network Development
Rob PayneHead of Primary and Community Care
Ann Bond/Helen ClarkPrincipal P&CC Lead, Models of Care
Luna HillPrincipal P&CC, Commissioning and Contracting
Janet KearneyPrincipal P&CC Lead, Infrastructure and Workforce Planning

Primary Care Network Development

  • Support GPFV transformation projects to shape new models of care for health and community services that are patient centred and sustainable for the future. This could range from sharing administrative duties to working collaboratively to deliver larger scale service change;

  • 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.

Primary Care 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.

Primary Care Infrastructure Development

  • 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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