NHS Dorset CCG are responsible for planning and buying healthcare services for the population of Dorset. Delegated responsibility for Primary Care Commissioning provides 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 to meet people’s needs.
To address national and local challenges in primary care, the Dorset Primary Care Commissioning Strategy was first published in 2016. 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.
All GP Practices in the CCG are core members of Primary Care Networks (PCNs) and there are 18 PCNs across Dorset based on GP registered lists, typically serving communities of around 30-50,000.
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 www.staywelldorset.nhs.uk
Support to Primary Care Networks to develop more joined up models of care for the Dorset population, including close working with Clinical Leads, Primary Care Networks, PPGs and the wider ICS including community, voluntary and acute providers;
Review, deliver and embed care models with a focus on complex care for Ageing Well, Long Term Conditions and End of Life Care. Develop personalised care to ensure it is integral within every care model.
Support the delivery and embedding of Population Health Management within Practices and Primary Care Networks.
Commissioning & Contracting
Provide contractual and quality assurance at Practice and Network level to support Dorset GP practices with all aspects of managing and fulfilling their National and Local contractual obligations. Develop resilience and sustainability of general practice as foundations of PCNs.
Support the development of network and business models and contractual options to enable commissioning at the right scale.
Strategic commissioning by investing and incentivising Primary Care Networks to deliver new models of care including understanding of population needs, demand and capacity to support outcome based commissioning.
Infrastructure & Workforce Planning
In partnership with General Practices, develop Local 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, Technology and Workforce Strategies take full account of the plans and challenges associated with the Primary and Community Care estate.