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

Urgent Clinical Commissioning Policy Statement: Pembrolizumab for drug-resistant gestational trophoblastic neoplasia – NHS England

This document is a clinical commissioning policy statement on Pembrolizumab for drug-resistant gestational trophoblastic neoplasia and is an interim commissioning position pending the formation of a Clinical Policy.

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) Pathway – NHS Rightcare

The Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) Pathway defines the core components of an optimal service for people with COPD. The pathway provides a national case for change and a set of resources to support local health economies to concentrate their

Accountable Care Organisations: (Briefing Paper Number CBP 8190)

An Accountable Care Organisations (ACO) is a model of healthcare organisation where a provider, or group of providers, takes responsibility for the healthcare provision of an entire population. There is no fixed definition of an ACO, but the organisation usually receives an annual,

NHS Standard Contract: Guidance on National Variations to existing 2015/16, 2016/17 and 2017-19 full length contracts, and 2016/17 and existing 2017-19 shorter-form contracts – NHS England

This guidance is on the completion of the National Variations to existing full length contracts on 2015/16, 2016/17 and 2017-19 (November 2016 edition) forms, and to existing shorter-form contracts on 2016/17 and 2017-19 (November 2016 edition) forms, to reflect changes

State Of The Sector 2017: Beyond The Tipping Point – Recovery Partnership

Report from the Recovery Partnership that interviews key stakeholders in alcohol and substance misuse services highlighting their experiences in the sector, current concerns and thoughts for the future.  It identifies; The potential of the sector to absorb funding cuts through

Implementing Better Births: Continuity of Care – NHS England

This document provides practical guidance to Local Maternity Systems on how to improve their services so that women experience continuity in the clinicians providing their maternity care.

Commissioning Policy: Rituximab for chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyradiculoneuropathy (CIDP), multifocus motor neuropathy (MMN), vasculitis of the peripheral nervous system & IgM paraprotein-associated demyelinating neuropathy (adults) – NHS England

This policy document outlines the arrangements for funding of the Rituximab for chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyradiculoneuropathy (CIDP), multifocus motor neuropathy (MMN), vasculitis of the peripheral nervous system & IgM paraprotein-associated demyelinating neuropathy (adults) treatment for the population in England.

Making strategic commissioning work: Lessons from home and away – NHS Clinical Commissioners

With the move towards accountable care, clinical commissioners are starting to take on a more strategic role as they plan and purchase health care for patients – a transition which comes with opportunities but is not without challenge.  It identifies lessons

Ignoring the alarms: How NHS eating disorder services are failing patients – Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman

Reports on the Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman’s investigation that found that Averil Hart’s death from anorexia would have been avoided if the NHS had cared for her appropriately. It highlights five areas of focus to improve eating disorder services. General Medical

Making Safeguarding Personal: What might ‘good’ look like for health and social care commissioners and providers? – Local Government Association and ADASS

Commissioners and providers across the health and social care sectors play a critical part in safeguarding adults, both on the front line and at a strategic level, as partners on safeguarding adults boards. This resource is intended to support the

Challenging Health Inequalities: Support for CCGs – NHS England

This guide has been created to help identify areas of variation in emergency admissions in more and less deprived CCGs and to promote a discussion where variation occurs.

Health and social care needs assessment of the older prison population – Public Health England

This document provides evidence-based guidance on how to carry out a health and social care needs assessment of older people in prisons. Commissioners of prison healthcare services and social care services can use this to understand the needs of older

The Fifteen Steps Challenge: Quality from a patient’s perspective: A guide for commissioners – NHS England

This document, aimed at commissioners, 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 of the quality of services.  It

Supporting change in your NHS: The non-executive community in transformational change – NHS Clinical Commissioners

NHS Clinical Commissioners document that summarises discussions held at two events earlier this year that brought together  more than 200 CCG lay members and trust non-executive directors (NEDs).   This publication looks at attendees’: perspectives on the lay member and NED role insights

Transforming musculoskeletal and orthopaedic elective care services – NHS England

This handbook aimed at commissioners, providers and those leading the local transformation of services intends to support local health and care systems to work together to: Better manage rising demand for elective care services; Improve patient experience and access to