Helping clinical commissioning groups take carefully considered decisions

South LondonGeneric Health Relevance
Start Date: 1 Jan 2014 End Date: 31 Dec 2018

How to decide which health services to fund

Researchers at CLAHRC SL are investigating whether a 'decision support tool' makes it easier for clinical commissioning groups to decide which services to fund.

The tool consists of a series of questions that prompt commissioners to consider very carefully the decision-making process and set of criteria they are using – criteria such as clinical effectiveness and cost effectiveness. It also asks them to take account of the ethical repercussions of their choices – do their decisions imply that one group of patients is more important than another, for example, and if they do, how do they justify that?

Both the tool and an accompanying set of interactive activities are designed to encourage commissioners of health services to consider the thinking behind, and impact of, their decisions. The activities help individuals explore their personal beliefs as well as the values of the commissioning organisations to which they belong.

Professor Peter Littlejohns