Better health and care for all: A 10-point plan for the 2020s: The final report of the Lord Darzi Review of Health and Care – Institute for Public Policy Research

This final report of the Lord Darzi Review puts forward a 10-point plan to achieve this, as well as a 10-point offer to the public which sets out what the health and care system will be able to offer if

Auditory brainstem implant service specification – NHS England

This service specification covers the provision of auditory brainstem implant services for children with congenital abnormalities of the auditory nerves or cochleae.

Risk and Reward Sharing for NHS Integrated Care Systems – The Strategy Unit

Risk and reward sharing is a key feature of the policy agenda for Accountable Care Organisations in the US and Integrated Care Systems in England.  For the commissioner it offers the opportunity to co-opt and incentivise a provider to moderate growth

An overview of the ELSA ‘End of Life’ data – Institute for Fiscal Studies

The English Longitudinal Study of Ageing (ELSA) is an invaluable source of information on the economic, social and health circumstances of the older population. This report provides an introduction to the ELSA EoL data, the quality of the data, the

Asleep on the job: Costs of inadequate sleep in Australia – Sleep Health Foundation

This report written with Deloitte addresses the economic cost of inadequate sleep in Australia, in order to raise awareness of the economic cost of inadequate sleep in Australia.  Inadequate sleep includes excessive daytime sleepiness (EDS) and subjective complaint of insufficient sleep. Sleep is essential

Investigation into NHS spending on generic medicines in primary care – National Audit Office

Report from the National Audit Office that finds an increase in prices of certain generic medicines: The NHS spent an estimated £4.3 billion on generic medicines in 2016‑17, of which most was spent in primary care. The prices of certain generic

Promoting health and preventing premature mortality in black, Asian and other minority ethnic groups: Quality standard [QS167] – NICE

This quality standard covers promoting health and preventing premature mortality among black, Asian and other minority ethnic groups. It is relevant to all age groups and all settings.

Commissioner Sustainability Fund and financial control totals for 2018/19: guidance – NHS England

Details of a targeted fund to support those clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) that would otherwise be unable to live within their means for 2018/19.

The Hidden Cancer: The Need to Improve Blood Cancer Care – All-Parliamentary Group on Blood Cancer

All-Parliamentary Group on Blood Cancer report that makes important recommendations on how to make improvements and ensure that we all work together to raise awareness of blood cancer. It is also a call to the Government and NHS to ensure

NHS continuing healthcare: Effective commissioning approaches – NHS Clinical Commissioners

This document outlines key learning points from those CCGs that have achieved significant efficiency savings and improvements for patients in the provision of CHC in their local area, and the national support that NHS England and others can provide to support local decision-making. The document was

Tackling loneliness and social isolation: the role of commissioners: (SCIE Highlights No 3) – Social Care Institute for Excellence

Bulletin from Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE) that identifies that loneliness and social isolation are conditions that are difficult to identify, complex to address and hard to resolve. The evidence base for interventions to address the problems of loneliness

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

Diabetes commentary: CCG Improvement and Assessment Framework (CCG IAF) – NHS England

The CCG Improvement and Assessment Framework (CCG IAF) provides information to health care organisations, professionals and patients about how their local NHS services are performing and is used by national teams to drive organisational improvement through focused support. This document provides a commentary

Sustainability and transformation in the NHS: Department of Health and Social Care – National Audit Office

Report from the National Audit Office that finds that the NHS has received extra funding, but this has mostly been used to cope with current pressures and has not provided the stable platform intended from which to transform services. Despite

Feeling the Heat: The Decline of Stop Smoking Services in England: Findings from a survey of local authority tobacco control leads – Cancer Research UK and Action on Smoking and Health

A report by Cancer Research UK and Action on Smoking and Health showing that cuts to the public health budget nationally have led to dramatic changes in services for smokers. Only 61% of local authorities continue to offer all local

NHS continuing healthcare funding: Thirteenth Report of Session 2017–19: Report, together with formal minutes relating to the report – House of Commons Committee of Public Accounts

Report from the House of Commons Committee of Public Accounts that finds unacceptable variation between areas in the number of people assessed as eligible to receive CHC funding, ranging from 28 to 356 people per 50,000 population in 2015−16, caused

Growing innovative models of health, care and support for adults: Future of care Number 6 – Social Care Institute for Excellence

Briefing that identifies that innovation is needed more than ever as challenges grow. Innovation does not only mean technological breakthroughs or large restructures. New and better ways of delivering relationship-based care are needed, and already exist, but are inconsistently implemented or poorly scaled.  It identifies the