Learning for commissioners

CCG Learning Network part of NHS Commissioning Board website
Online support, resources and information for proposed CCGs, including resources, bulletins, good practice and learning events.

CCG learning and support tool from the NHS Commisisoning Board
The development resources that will meet current learning needs and which every proposed CCG will be able to access during 2012-13. Support  for authorisation and development beyond authorisation.

RCGP Commissioning 
Effective healthcare commissioning – a range of resources offering practical guidance on healthcare commissioning, including a range of briefing documents and videos around commissioning competiences and different aspects of commissioning. Including:

  • Commissioning: what is it, and what’s my role?’
    GPs, GP trainees and practice nurses can sign up for this RCGP course which introduces the basics of clinically-led commissioning: what healthcare commissioning involves, their role, and the benefits of involving clinicians and patients. The course explains the processes used in commissioning and some of the commonly used terminology. (1hr)
  • Commissioning: Improving Patient Journeys
    This free online course enables GPs and their teams to help patients navigate effectively through the healthcare system, to improve referrals quality and reduce delays in treatment. (2hrs)

NHS Institute for Innovation and Improvement
An extensive modular programme to rapidly equip CCGs with the commissioning competence to meet key challenges including leadership, profiling local health needs, service redesign, community engagement and improving patient experience and outcomes

Pulse Practical Commissioning
 (Subscription / Registration required)
CPD modules for new commissioners including:

  • A GP’s guide to decommissioning
  • Evaluating new models of care in six steps
  • Budget setting basics
  • Ensuring transparency in your clinical commissioning group
  • Any qualified provider

West Midlands Commissioning Support Unit (WMCSU) Learning Zone
A growing collection of training courses created for WMCSU with the Educational Technology Team at the University of Birmingham to support commissioners.

Individual Commissioning Competencies Handbook (London Health Programmes)
A standard framework that maps the skills and knowledge required against each stage of the commissioning cycle and enables commissioners to assess their current skill level and determine the development needs for the next stage in their career. The handbook can be accessed online. A self-assessment tool is also available to be used in conjunction with the content in the handbook.

The Commissioning Place – e-learning in Collaborative Clinical Commissioning (Subscription required)
This e-Learning programme has been developed in partnership by London South Bank University (LSBU), Brickwall Heath and KSS Deanery and  has been designed to give clinicians and the wider commissioning team an introduction to the concepts and processes involved in collaborative clinical commissioning.


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