Sessional GPs in commissioning

Sessional GPs in commissioning was an RCGP lead project, funded by the Department of Health, that aimed to increase the engagement of sessional GPs in clinically led commissioning.

Download the Sessional GPs in Commissioning Report [PDF]

The RCGP, with guidance form leading healthcare organisations, produced this report from surveying sessional GPs and those involved in emerging Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs), in order to find how engaged sessional GPs are with Commissioning and to find examples of best practice, models of inclusion, engagement and leadership including the necessary conditions for their success, along with any barriers preventing these. 

Representatives from the following bodies have been involved with this report:

  • Department of Health
  • General Practitioners Committee (GPC) of the BMA,
  • Committee of General Practice Education Directors (COGPED)
  • Conference of Postgraduate Medical Deans (COPMED)
  • Family Doctor Association (FDA)
  • National Association of Primary Care (NAPC)
  • National Association of Sessional GPs (NASGP)
  • NHS Alliance


Engagement is one the key aspects that is necessary for successful clinical commissioning. It is important to engage all willing general practitioners and ensure that all aspects of the GP workforce have representation on the emerging governing bodies of CCGs.

This engagement relies on effective routes of communication with the local GP workforce, not only encouraging clinicians to join work within CCGs as commissioners, but also providing care to patients in line with your commissioning intentions. For example, controlling referral behaviour, adherence to pathways and guidelines, and prescribing within formularies.

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