The role of the Primary Care Trust board in world class commissioning – An opportunity missed….

The Department of Health (DH) has published guidance on the role of the Primary Care Trust board in world class commissioning.

This document aims to provide consolidated guidance on:

– the role and functions of the PCT;
– the role of the PCT board;
– the composition of the PCT board;
– the competencies and characteristics of a high-performing PCT board; and
– key sources of further guidance.

Healthcare Governance Review’s initial reaction to the document is that whilst it contains some useful information and guidance, the document¬†falls into the usual Department of Health ‘trap’ of confusing governance with management. It is a great pity that the Department missed the opportunity of cross-referencing its own recently published document that sets out the essential characteristics of an effective board (click here for further information).

Sadly, Paul Stanton’s assertion about the DH governance ‘muddle and confusion’ still very much holds true.

Download a copy of The role of the Primary Care Trust board in world class commissioning here.

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