CCG Annual Assessment 2017/18

NHS England | July 2018 | CCG Annual Assessment 2017/18

NHS England have released CCG Annual Assessment 2017/18, the document lists the overall rating for each of the 207 CCGs as part of their annual assessment under the CCG Improvement and Assessment Framework (CCG IAF).

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CCG Annual Assessment 2017/18 

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Thousands of patients to benefit from innovative new treatments on the NHS

NHS England | July 2018 | Thousands of patients to benefit from innovative new treatments on the NHS

In the wake of it 70th anniversary celebrations the NHS has announced new treatments that will now be available to thousands of patients. Among them are a stroke-reducing heart implants and a life changing surgical procedure for children with cerebral palsy are among the new treatments.

Hundreds of patients each year will benefit from a procedure called left atrial appendage occlusion, which reduces the risk of stroke in patients with atrial fibrillation (irregular heart beat), who cannot take blood thinning medication.

Selective dorsal rhizotomy (SDR) is a complex procedure aimed at relieving tight and stiff muscles for cerebral palsy sufferers, particularly in children, which can cause movement and balance problems. The treatment can allow children who were previously unable to walk to become mobile and independent.

It involves operating on the nerves in the spine and has the potential to offer affected children improved mobility. The procedure will now be available immediately in named hospitals across England. Other treatments now funded include three cancer treatments, a new treatment for osteoporosis in men and a new treatment to restore sight (Source: NHS England).

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Specialised commissioning prioritisation results – June 2018

 

Beyond barriers: How older people move between health and social care in England

Care Quality Commission | July 2018 | Beyond barriers: How older people move between health and social care in England

Care Quality Commission (CQC) latest report brings together key findings and recommendations for change following the completion of 20 local authority area reviews exploring how older people move between health and adult social care services in England. 

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‘Beyond Barriers’ highlights some examples of health and care organisations working well together – and of individuals working across organisations to provide high quality care. But the reviews also found too much ineffective co-ordination of health and care services, leading to fragmented care. This was reinforced by funding, commissioning, performance management and regulation that encouraged organisations to focus on individual performance rather than on positive outcomes for people (Source: CQC).

An accompanying press release is here 

The report can be accessed from CQC

Evidence-Based Interventions Programme Consultation

NHS England | July 2018 | Overview

A new consultation from NHS England seeks views on the design principles of a programme to reduce the delivery of clinically ineffective interventions. The proposals aim to reduce avoidable harm to patients, save professional time, help clinicians maintain their professional practice in line with the changing evidence base, create headroom for innovation, and maximise value and avoid waste. The closing date for comments is 28 September 2018.

feedback-2824577_1280The proposals aim to reduce avoidable harm to patients, save precious professional time, help clinicians maintain their professional practice in line with the changing evidence base, create headroom for innovation and maximise value and avoid waste for patients and taxpayers. NHS England are publicly consulting on the design principles of the programme, the interventions we should target initially and proposed clinical criteria, the activity goals we should set and delivery actions, including proposed new terms in the NHS Standard Contract.

 

Full details about the proposals are available at NHS England 

Consultation documents:

Evidence Based Interventions: Consultation document

Easy read consultation guide 

Frequently accessed questions

You can access the survey here 

Executive commissioning nurses

NHS Clinical Commissioners has produced an infographic showcasing the expertise and insight that executive commissioning nurses can bring for patients, populations and the system, which will be crucial to implementing patient centred care as the NHS moves towards integrated place-based planning

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Since their establishment, CCGs have been required to include a registered nurse on their governing body to expand the clinical knowledge and patient experience of the board. Many CCGs have expanded this role in recognition of the contribution that executive nurses embedded full-time in the day to day decision making of the CCG can make.

Developed by the NHSCC Nurses’ Forum and based on interviews with its members, the infographic highlights five areas in which executive commissioning nurses bring value:

  • Assuring the quality of services
  • Driving cross-organisational relationships
  • Highlighting the patient experience of service delivery
  • Providing leadership for nurses across the local area
  • Providing a commissioning voice for the largest profession in the NHS

Full detail at NHS Clinical Commissioners

Integrated Urgent Care Key Performance Indicators and Quality Standards 2018

NHS England | 2018 | Integrated Urgent Care Key Performance Indicators and Quality
Standards 2018

NHS England have released Integrated Urgent Care Key Performance Indicators and Quality Standards 2018, this document outlines the Integrated Urgent Care (IUC) Key Performance indicators and other standards which commissioners must apply in relation to the service. 

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The document is for use by local commissioners, providers and NHS England.  It must be read in conjunction with the Integrated Urgent Care Minimum Data Set Specification (2017) and the Integrated Urgent Care Service Specification (2017).

The document can be downloaded here

 

The Improving Access to Psychological Therapies Manual

NHS England | June 2018| The Improving Access to Psychological Therapies Manual 
NHS England has produced a new manual, alongside a separate document that contains the appendices and helpful resources, to improve access to psychological therapies . It is intended to help the IAPT programme improve the delivery of, and access to, evidence-based psychological therapies within the NHS.

The Improving Access to Psychological Therapies Manual is for all commissioners, providers and clinicians of services that deliver psychological therapies. It serves as an essential manual for IAPT services, describing the IAPT model in detail and how to deliver it, with a focus on the importance of providing National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE)-recommended care (Source: NHS England).