Towards commissioning for workplace compassion: a support guide

NHS England | October 2018| Towards commissioning for workplace compassion:
a support guide

NHS England has produced a support guide for workplace compassion;  this document includes evidence-informed guidance and good practice for commissioners
and for providers to support them in achieving compassion in the workplace and so create an NHS culture of compassion for all (Source: NHS England).


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Read the guide at NHS England


NHS Funding: Clinical Commissioning Groups

This paper and accompanying Excel file gives details of funding allocations for each CCG in England from 2013/14 to 2020/21. The briefing paper also gives details of the process used to allocate the funds | House of Commons Library

In 2018/19 NHS England distributed a total of £74.2 billion across 195 CCGs in England. The overall funding equates to £1,254 per registered patient in England. Funding per head increased in real terms between 2013/14 and 2018/19. The average annual increase from 2013/14 to 2018/19 was 2%. money-2696219_1920.jpg

The formula used to distribute funding means that CCGs with elderly populations, in urban areas, or in more deprived areas tend to have higher allocations than they would under a simple population-based formula.

The highest allocation per patient in 2018/19 is Knowsley CCG in Merseyside (£1,645), the lowest CCG allocation per patient is Oxfordshire CCG (£1,040). All of the 10 highest allocations per patient are CCGs in the North East and North West of England.

Be the change : ensuring an effective response to all in psychiatric emergency equal to medical care – recommendations from the first international summit on urgent and emergency behavioural healthcare

NHS Clinical Commissioners & RI International  | October 2018 | Be the change : ensuring an effective response to all in psychiatric emergency equal to medical care – recommendations from the first international summit on urgent and emergency behavioural healthcare
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A major international report published by NHS Clinical Commissioners and RI International, a US- based healthcare organisation outlines ten recommendations that if fulfilled would make urgent and emergency psychiatric health care ‘minimally adequate’, and calls on governmental agencies, policy makers and health and social services to take radical action to address inequalities and improve mental health crisis care.

The recommendations were agreed by delegates at an international summit in May 2018, hosted by NHS Clinical Commissioners and RI International, which brought together commissioners, providers and clinicians including GPs, paramedics and psychiatrists; service users; civil servants; and first responders such as ambulance workers and police officers from both the UK and USA. The summit found that despite cultural, system and geographic differences, the challenges faced in both countries were remarkably similar (Source: NHS Clinical Commissioners & RI International)

The ten recommendations are:

  1. End the current fragmentation of care through an integrated, systematic approach to behavioural health crisis care at the national level.
  2. Actively develop crisis service alternatives to the usual emergency measures of formal assessment and psychiatric inpatient care.
  3. Include special consideration to cater for armed forces veterans.
  4. Implement an integrated health information exchange capable technology solution to enable seamless care across organisations.
  5. Develop balanced scorecard dashboards that display real-time, meaningful data and outcome measures that support continuous quality improvement.
  6. Embed users, peers and carers should be embedded in the design and leadership of crisis systems; peer support staff should be trained and integrated in crisis service delivery.
  7. The zero-suicide aspiration should be owned by governmental agencies, policy makers and those implementing health and social services.
  8. Family and friends should be fully engaged in crisis care and inappropriate barriers created by confidentiality or privacy need to be sensitively overcome.
  9. Implement a single national three-digit crisis hub number that drives easy access in which all callers are welcome, the crisis is defined by the caller, and which is promoted via intelligent social media to get the word out to those who need it.
  10. Significant system-wide investment is needed to deliver these recommendations.The full report is available from NHS Clinical Commissioners 

Alcohol, drugs and tobacco: commissioning support pack

Public Health England | October 2018 | Alcohol, drugs and tobacco: commissioning support pack

Public Health England (PHE) have published commissioning support guidance to help commissioners and local authorities develop joint strategic needs assessment and health and wellbeing strategies to reduce the harm caused by smoking, drinking, substance use and misuse in both adults and children.


The guidance covers planning for:

  • alcohol harm prevention, treatment and recovery in adults
  • drugs prevention, treatment and recovery in adults
  • substance misuse interventions for young people
  • local smoking and tobacco control interventions

Commissioning Framework and the National Urgent and Emergency Ambulance Services Specification

NHS England | September 2018 |Commissioning Framework and the National Urgent and Emergency Ambulance Services Specification

This document should be used when commissioning the regional ambulance service in accordance with the NHS Standard Contract, and supports system leaders in reducing unwarranted variation in the way ambulance services are provided and commissioned.

Download it from NHS England 

Guidance for Commissioners: Interpreting and Translation Services in Primary Care

NHS England | September 2018 | Guidance for Commissioners: Interpreting and Translation Services in Primary Care

New guidance from NHS England has been designed to support local commissioners of primary care services when commissioning translation or interpreting services, or reviewing existing services.
It was initially written with primary medical care services (GP surgeries) in mind but
commissioners may find the contents applicable to other settings, such as other
primary care settings or hospital sites.

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The guidance highlights principles of best practices commissioners should consider when
commissioning services for NHS patients and carers, specifically:

  • Quality considerations (‘principles’)
  • Legal position
  • Commissioning and contracting considerations. (Source: NHS England)

Download the guidance from NHS England