PenCLAHRC feature in local Health Technology Commissioning Group report
The Peninsula Health Technology Commissioning Group (PHTCG) have recently published their Annual Report for 2011-2012. Featured in the report is the contribution made by PenCLAHRC staff.
The PHTCG was established in April 2009, when the four Primary Care Trusts in Devon and Cornwall formed a coordinated framework for assessing new health technologies and agreed to adhere to a single commissioning decision for their populations. Through the collaboration, staff from PenCLAHRC and the NHS work together to review effectiveness data and develop decision-analytic model-based economic evaluations.
Incorporating economic evaluation allows value for money to be considered in the commissioning decision, and some technologies that are value poor therefore have not been commissioned. Across the South West Peninsula, savings directly resulting from the PHTCG’s work, with PenCLAHRC support, have already totalled over £2.5 million. The academic outputs from this work have so far produced two published papers.
Since February, staff from the Peninsula Collaboration for Health Operational Research and Development (PenCHORD) have also been supporting the PHTCG whilst additional modellers are recruited. PenCLAHRC remains committed to this as an on-going arrangement: a successful NHS-academic partnership which has a direct impact locally on the quality of specific commissioning.