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Fund-holding and commissioning general practitioners: recent government policy and legislation

Fund-holding and commissioning general practitioners: recent government policy and legislation
Fund-holding and commissioning general practitioners: recent government policy and legislation
General practice fund-holders purchase secondary care for their patients directly, encouraging competition between providers. The scheme now includes almost all community mental health services. Practice counsellors may now be funded from secondary care budgets. Fund-holders may use their purchasing power to influence out-patient policies, have consultant sessions in their surgeries, gain direct referral to community psychiatric nurses, resist sectorisation, or change to a different provider altogether. The implications for mental health teams and their patients are discussed. Mental health workers must define their roles very clearly, and get involved in negotiating contracts now, to influence future service provision.
0955-6036
196-199
Kendrick, Tony
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Kendrick, Tony
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Kendrick, Tony (1994) Fund-holding and commissioning general practitioners: recent government policy and legislation. Psychiatric Bulletin, 18 (4), 196-199. (doi:10.1192/pb.18.4.196).

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Abstract

General practice fund-holders purchase secondary care for their patients directly, encouraging competition between providers. The scheme now includes almost all community mental health services. Practice counsellors may now be funded from secondary care budgets. Fund-holders may use their purchasing power to influence out-patient policies, have consultant sessions in their surgeries, gain direct referral to community psychiatric nurses, resist sectorisation, or change to a different provider altogether. The implications for mental health teams and their patients are discussed. Mental health workers must define their roles very clearly, and get involved in negotiating contracts now, to influence future service provision.

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Published date: 1994
Organisations: Primary Care & Population Sciences

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Local EPrints ID: 353939
URI: https://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/353939
ISSN: 0955-6036
PURE UUID: 79cad4c2-c7f4-432a-b65a-414a3efd7e78
ORCID for Tony Kendrick: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0003-1618-9381

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Date deposited: 25 Jun 2013 12:13
Last modified: 06 Jun 2018 12:56

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