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Prime Minister congratulates first GP commissioners

27th January 2011

In a clear expression of the momentum gathering behind our health reforms, over 4,000 GP practices across the country are already engaged in pathfinder GP groups.

The first wave of GP groups to take the lead in the Government’s plans for commissioning health services are gathering at Number 10 Downing Street today, to meet with the Prime Minister and celebrate the start of the GP Pathfinder Programme.

Before the reception at Number 10, they are attending an event hosted by Health Secretary Andrew Lansley, which will provide an opportunity to discuss ideas and issues with fellow GPs and the department.

The event will also see the launch of the Pathfinder Learning Network, which enables GP consortia to share key learnings and best practice as they prepare to take on commissioning responsibilities for their local communities.

The National Leadership Council, working in collaboration with the NHS Institute, is also offering leaders of GP pathfinders and their teams access to a number of development tools, including personal and team coaching, to support them in the transition to the new system.

Addressing the audience, Andrew Lansley said:

“I welcome the enthusiasm for making the modernisation of the NHS a reality, so we can deliver better care for patients. Many of you are already taking on commissioning responsibilities, designing healthcare services in your local areas to meet the needs of your patients, not administrators or Ministers in Whitehall.

“During the coming months it is vital that we share information, ideas and best practice, and address any issues that may arise straight away. That’s why we are launching the Pathfinder Learning Network – to assist and support you through this period of change and to help us to learn from each other. We are also making the National Leadership Programme available to all GP Pathfinders. This will provide further tailored support for you and your teams in taking forward your commissioning responsibilities.”

Dr Johnny Marshall, Chairman of the National Association for Primary Care, added:

“Today’s event for the commissioning consortia pathfinders marks the beginning of a transformational journey for the NHS, where patients become partners in their care; care which will be worthy of modern international comparison; where taxpayers’ can be reassured that every pound is spent wisely in improving quality and waste is eliminated.

“A mark of the importance of these reforms, which NAPC has consistently supported, is the presence of the Prime Minister.  Pathfinders are privileged to be party to such an historic development in the history of the NHS.”


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