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NHS Alliance among providers in new PBC Development Framework

8 December 2008

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The NHS Alliance/Humana Practice-Based Commissioning (PBC) Partnership, supported by Dr Foster Intelligence, is among five providers appointed by the Department of Health (DH) to support the PBC Development Framework for Strategic Health Authorities, PCTs and practice-based commissioners.

The development framework aims to give local areas the support they need from skilled organisations in order to make PBC more effective and robust across the country.

NHS Alliance chairman Dr Michael Dixon (pictured) said: “This is good news for the NHS Alliance, the NHS and, most of all, for our patients. We have a strong reputation with frontline clinicians and managers. We will do our best so that our work contributes towards a new dawn for PBC.”

Humana Europe CEO Dr Jonathan Lord said: “This partnership represents the coming together of clinicians and managers with both NHS and international commissioning experience. We are delighted to be offering this unique support and advice to support the development of PBC for the benefit of patients and the wider population”.

The NHS Alliance and Humana are proud of having been among the chosen providers; 107 organisations expressed interest in the work, with only 19 being issued an invitation to tender.

NHS Alliance PBC Federation director Julie Wood said: “We’ve been working with clinicians and managers up and down the country who are successfully delivering or supporting PBC. And we are proud of our strong track record in promoting and improving PBC.”

The framework operates on a call-off contract basis, with providers supplying support packages that meet specific needs of PCTs and practice-based commissioners.

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