More than one in six practice managers do not think there is enough representation from their profession in clinical commissioning groups (CCGs).
A survey conducted by Management in Practice of more than 230 practice managers found just 28.9% said there is enough practice manager representation on CCGs in their area.
This left 64.9% of those survey that felt there wasn’t enough representation.
Of those practice managers that are on CCG boards, more than one in six surveyed felt they were “not being listened” to in the same way as other members.
An overwhelming 93.4% of practice managers polled said they should have a place on CCGs and 86% called on the NHS Commissioning Board (NHS CB) to make it a statutory requirement for CCGs to appoint a practice manager to the organisation.
A spokesperson from the NHS CB said: “Clinical Commissioning Groups are made up of member practices and led by clinicians. The membership of a CCG's governing body is determined by the CCG itself, within the framework set by legislation, and can include any person that the member practices feel could benefit patients by taking on a Board role. Every CCG has a statutory duty to engage fully with professionals and the public.”