All GPs are involved in commissioning. Every time a GP sees a patient, they decide whether to prescribe medication, refer them to another part of the NHS or admit them to hospital.

These decisions are made in the best interest of the patient; the GP’s training, knowledge and experience of hospitals, services and secondary care clinicians are all elements considered in consultation with the patient.

In determining what the patient needs, GPs involve their patients to agree how NHS resources are to be allocated, the care pathway a patient will take, the drugs that are most appropriate and the services best suited to their needs.

GPs have always been at the front line of NHS care and they are now taking a lead role in commissioning within the NHS. It is important for both patients and clinicians that quality services are available for the people of Sheffield within the financial constraints of the NHS.

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