Responsibility for prescribing between primary and secondary/tertiary care – NHS England

This guidance aims to provide clarity on the responsibilities of all professionals involved in commissioning and prescribing across primary, secondary and tertiary care, and to provide support in developing shared care agreements and in the transfer of care.  It is

Care Quality Commission: regulating health and social care: Twenty-Fourth Report of Session 2017–19: Report, together with formal minutes relating to the report – House of Commons Committee of Public Accounts

Report that finds significant improvement in the Care Quality Commission but notes it still does not make inspection reports available to the public quickly enough following an inspection and it needs to improve how it interacts with and regulates GP practices.

Quality patient referrals: Right service, right time – Royal College of General Practitioners

Looks at the issue of referral management systems by looking at a referral support approach.  The report identifies there is good evidence to suggest that successful approaches to referral support include combinations of local expertise, specialist advice, peer review and reflection, and

Mapping of specialist primary health care services in England for people who are homeless – King’s College London Social Care Workforce Research Unit and The Policy Institute at King’s

Findings of a systematic mapping exercise across England of specialist primary health care services for single people who are homeless. The mapping exercise was part of a larger study that is in progress which is examining the integration, effectiveness and

Improving physical healthcare for people living with severe mental illness (SMI) in primary care: Guidance for CCGs – NHS England

This guidance highlights the responsibilities of CCGs to commission services that deliver comprehensive physical health assessments and follow up care to people on the severe mental illness (SMI) register in primary care, addressing the premature mortality experienced by people with

Spatial Competition and Quality: Evidence from the English Family Doctor Market: (CHE Research Paper 151) – University of York Centre for Health Economics

Report from the University of York Centre for Health Economics considering if family doctor firms in England respond to local competition by increasing their quality. It measures quality in terms of clinical performance and patient-reported satisfaction to capture its multi-dimensional nature. This report

Supporting nurse mentors to reduce the barriers to implementing alcohol Interventions and Brief Advice (IBA) in primary care- Alcohol Research UK

Report on a prject to reduce barriers to the implementation of alcohol Identification and Brief Advice (IBA) in primary care by providing expert support to nurse mentors to: develop a leadership role in IBA including provision of ongoing training and support to staff

Divided we fall: Getting the best out of general practice – Nuffield Trust

Report from the Nuffield Trust that examines recent policy to segment general practice into different types of service tailored to the needs of different patients. It identified the tensions between this new approach and the traditional GP role of ‘medical

Primary care home: exploring the potential for dental care to add value – National Association of Primary Care

This report examines how dental care could fit into the Primary Care Home model and how it could add value.  This is intended as an initial review, with more work to follow on dental pilots within primary care homes.

Collaborative Care: An Exploration into Core Tenets, Fidelity, and Policy – Centre for Mental Health

Report from the Mental Health Foundation that identifies that nearly half of all people with a diagnosable mental health problem also have a long-term physical condition such as diabetes, asthma or coronary heart disease.  It calls for the development of

Reimagining community services: making the most of our assets – The King’s Fund

Report from The King’s Fund that identifies community services are often fragmented and poorly co-ordinated, and are frequently not well integrated with other services in the community. This results in duplication as well as gaps between teams delivering care. A radical

NHS Standard Contract: Provisions Applicable to Primary Care Services Schedule 2L and Explanatory Note – updated January 2018 – NHS England

Schedule 2L (Provisions Applicable to Primary Care Services) can be added to the NHS Standard Contract where a commissioner is placing a contract for integrated secondary and primary medical care services.

Standard Personal Medical Services Agreement Variation Notice 2017 – NHS England

This document gives notice under paragraph 104(2) of Schedule 6 to the National Health Service (General Medical Services Contracts) Regulations 2004 (S.I. 2004/291) that the terms of the general medical services contract are varied as set out in the document.  It requires area teams

NHS efficiency map: redesigning services: Modelling the need for mental health beds – Healthcare Financial Management Association

Revised case study many trusts are exploring options for moving care into the community. This case study demonstrates how one mental health has achieved this, and as a result improved patient care and reduced costs.

Enhanced health in care homes: learning from experiences so far – The King’s Fund

This report draws on published literature about joining up and co-ordinating care homes and health services. It also draws on interviews with a range of providers, local authorities and CCGs. It aims to help care homes and NHS providers (including

The final injustice: variation in end of life care in England – Macmillan Cancer Care

Macmillian Cancer Care report that looks at the experience of cancer patients’ final months and years. It finds that cancer patients approaching the end of their life face repeat emergency visits and the situation is worse for patients who are

Saving General Practice – British Medical Association

Report from the BMA that identifies the following measures are required to save general practice. Recurrent and sustainable funding and resources A workforce strategy that is recurrently funded to enable an expansion A sustainable, long-term indemnity package for general practice Enabling practices

Destination GP: Medical students’ experiences and perceptions of general practice – Royal College of General Practitioners

Report aiming to build the evidence base on medical students’ perceptions of general practice, and how and where they are exposed to misconceptions and negative views. It sets out a series of recommendations where further work is needed to tackle the spread of misconceptions and negativity surrounding

The Fifteen Steps Challenge: Quality from a patient’s perspective: Community care in a patient’s own home – NHS England

This document, focusing on community care in a patient’s own home, is part of a suite of toolkits for The Fifteen Steps Challenge, which focuses on seeing care through a patient or carer’s eyes, and exploring their first impressions as a measure

Community services: What do we know about quality? – Quality Watch

Quality Watch briefing that finds that it is difficult to make a meaningful statement about the overall quality of care of community services, because of a lack of routinely available quality data and national indicators of quality.