This project looks at commissioning in the context of competition and cooperation. It will investigate how commissioners manage the interplay of competition and cooperation in their local health economies. It will look at acute services as well as community and primary healthcare.
First, the project will study what commissioners and providers know about the policy and regulatory environment. How, for example, do they understand the incentives for competition and cooperation? This will include strategic health authorities, in their roles as market shapers, while they continue to exist.
Secondly, we will be asking how commissioning organisations and their providers operate together to undertake the planning and delivery of care for patients.
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