The nGMS contract lays out strict organisational expectations of which practice management is noted as being “a critically important function” (Department of Health, 2003). The nGMS contract continues with the following statement:

"Practice managers will have an increasingly important role as they become the experts in the operation of the new contract, including all the new mechanisms outlined in this guidance".

Clearly putting practice management at the top of primary care organisations, and heavily involved in any future strategic developments; meanwhile Abbott, Proctor & Iacovou (2008) suggest:

the NHS lacks organisational arrangements which permit GPs a primarily clinical focus while ensuring that their knowledge and advice is available to those carrying out administrative functions”.

Historically, management skills have been left to the individual to attain, however in the new era of clinically led commissioning, primary care is required to lead future developments, so management capabilities becomes even more important.

This website intends to support interested practice managers, GPs and other practice members with both everyday and strategic management support through sharing good practice and resource material, while also bringing together a number of relevant educational events and learning across central Manchester.

I would encourage all central Manchester members to participate in the sharing of good practice and engage in any educational learning; please feel free to contact me direct or share your views on the central Manchester CCG website discussion forum.

Please make use of the resource section, which I hope offers a good range of useful information for managers, GP's, nurses and other practice members.


Colin Tate

Central Manchester CCG Practice Development & Delivery Lead

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13th June 2013