Following the establishment of the new Suffolk Primary Care Trust in October 2006, a decision was made to review all primary medical care Personal Medical Services (PMS) contractual agreements and undertake a comparison with General Medical Services (GMS) contracts to establish equity of service provision. This involved looking at access, value for money and the commissioning of services at the point of need.
The Department of Health published a commissioning Guide to Improving primary eye health services at the South West WCC event on 17 July 2009. This guide is intended to build awareness and capability within PCTs. To support world class commissioning, PCTs need to make sure there is appropriate eye care input at Board level whenever decisions about commissioning primary eye health services are taken.
This Primary care service framework has been developed to assist commissioners in ensuring that Gypsy and Traveller communities are able to access mainstream primary care. It may be used to assist PCTs to design new services or to adapt or front-end existing ones to make them accessible.
The Primary Care Service Framework is for adult patients who are drinking to hazardous and harmful or dependent levels. This document has been updated to include recent policy changes and is supported by a range of enhanced tools to support implementation. A complementary suite of resources and supportive notes is also available.
This document provides examples of good practice around alcohol services in primary care and can be adapted and used as a basis for an enhanced service via a schedule within a local primary care contract or service level agreement.