Commissioning secondary care services

This section links to key resources that will support the commissioning of high quality secondary care services. Resources are listed by medical specialty and include: guidance on commissioning, NICE pathway toolkits, and links to RCP audit and accreditation schemes.

Principles of commissioning

This section outlines some of the key issues that should be considered when commissioning and planning secondary care services. This includes: a focus on quality and patient experience, and the education and training needs of the medical workforce.

Secondary care involvement in commissioning

This section outlines the key opportunities for secondary care doctors to get involved in the new health service structures in England to help deliver the best possible services for patients. This section covers both national level and local level opportunities.


Health reforms

This section takes you to the RCP policy pages on the health reforms. This includes access to RCP policy positions on key aspects of the Health and Social Care Act 2012.

Get involved

This section lists live opportunities for clinicians to get involved in the new clinical commissioning organisations (including appointments to CCG Governing Boards). CCGs are encouraged to advertise their roles on this website.

Share your experiences

This section takes you to the RCP forums page where you can join the online discussion about the implementation of the health reforms in England. We are keen to hear your suggestions on how the RCP can best support new commissioners to deliver their roles.

Last updated on: 12 May 2014