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NHS: Training

Volume 506: debated on Monday 22 February 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he plans to publish guidance on commissioning skills for the NHS. (316314)

The world class commissioning (WCC) programme was launched in December 2007 and is intended to strengthen the commissioning capability of primary care trusts (PCTs) to improve local health outcomes at best value for current and future service users. The competencies for world class commissioning were first published in December 2007 and refreshed in September 2009. They set out the knowledge, skills, behaviours and characteristics that underpin effective commissioning. PCTs are held to account on their commissioning performance through an annual assurance process. A copy of the WCC Assurance Handbook year 2, which details the competencies, has been placed in the Library and is available at: