On April 1, the commissioning system in England underwent a radical overhaul. The old structure based on primary care trusts (PCTs) was swept away and replaced by an array of new local and national bodies.
To take advantage of the opportunities available in this brave new world, pharmacists need to get to grips with their role in the commissioning landscape and avoid drowning in a sea of NHS acronyms.
Take our quiz to see how much you really understand about the new system. Can you tell your CCGs from your CSUs? Or are you still confusing NHS England with Public Health England?
Read the questions below and, once you think you know the answers, click the link at the end of the article to activate the free commissioning quiz in My CPD. Once activated, visit My CPD to take the quiz.
1 How many clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) are there in England?
A. 152 B. 211 C. 187
2 Who has ultimate responsibility for all the CCGs in England?
A. NHS Commissioning Board B. NHS England C. Public Health England
3 Which of these services could be commissioned by your CCG?
A. Sexual health services B. Local enhanced services (excluding public health) C. National enhanced services
4 Which of these organisations should you be engaging with in your area? (tick all that apply)
A. CCGs B. PCTs C. Health and wellbeing boards
5 Who would you expect to see on your local CCG? (tick all that apply)
A. A pharmacist B. A registered nurse C. A member of the public D. A GP
6 Who has responsibility for negotiating the community pharmacy contract?
A. NHS England B. Department of Health C. Public Health England
7 What does CSU stand for?
A. Community safety unit B. Clinical standards unit C. Commissioning support unit
8 Who will advise local authorities on what services they should commission from pharmacists?
A. Health and wellbeing boards B. CCGs C. Public Health England
9 Which of these services will not be commissioned by NHS England?
A. Anticoagulation monitoring B. Chlamydia screening C. Medicines use reviews
10 Who is responsible for transferring the ownership of pharmacy contracts?
A. CCGs B. NHS England C. Public Health England
11 Who creates joint strategic needs assessments (JSNAs)?
A. CCGs B. NHS England's local area teams C. Health and wellbeing boards
12 Who would you expect to see on your local health and wellbeing board? (tick all that apply)
A. A councillor B. A member of Healthwatch C. A representative from each local CCG D. The local authority's director for public health E. A pharmacist
13 Who will commission NHS health checks?
A. CCGs B. Public Health England C. NHS England D. Local authorities
14 What role does your local professional network (LPN) play in the new system?
A. Secures national service contracts for pharmacy B. Regulates the profession C. Provides a voice for pharmacy in the commissioning system
Think you know the answers? Click to go to My CPD where you can take the assessment and get fuller answers. Score 9/14 and you'll get 10% off 12 month's access to C+D's premium CPD package Update Plus as well as detailed explanations of the answers