Journal article

Exploring the impacts of the 2012 Health and Social Care Act reforms to commissioning on clinical activity in the English NHS: A mixed methods study of cervical screening

J Hammond, T Mason, M Sutton, A Hall, N Mays, A Coleman, P Allen, L Warwick-Giles, K Checkland

BMJ Open | BMJ Journals | Published : 2019

Abstract

Objectives Explore the impact of changes to commissioning introduced in England by the Health and Social Care Act 2012 (HSCA) on cervical screening activity in areas identified empirically as particularly affected organisationally by the reforms. Methods Qualitative followed by quantitative methods. Qualitative: semi-structured interviews (with NHS commissioners, managers, clinicians, senior administrative staff from Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs), local authorities, service providers), observations of commissioning meetings in two metropolitan areas of England. Quantitative: triple-difference analysis of national administrative data. Variability in the expected effects of HSCA on comm..

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