Demand and Capacity Planning for Commissioners: The National Demand and Capacity Programme | NHS England | NHS Improvement
To support the refresh of the planning guidance the Demand and Capacity programme have developed this tailored support offer aimed at commissioners.
Local Government Agency & NHS Clinical Commissioners | April 2018 | Integrated Commissioning for Better Outcomes: a commissioning framework 2018
Local Government Agency (LGA) and NHS Clinical Commissioners have updated Integrated Commissioning for Better Outcomes (ICBO) to better reflect the changing commissioning landscape. The purpose of the framework is to support the general integration agenda across health and local government and promote consensus on good practice.
Although, the standards are primarily designed for use by commissioners in adult social care and the NHS, it is hoped that providers of services, people with personal budgets and other stakeholders are also engaged with locally when the standards are used to drive improvement. (Local Government Agency and NHS Clinical Commissioners)
It covers four areas:
- building the foundations;
- taking a person-centred, place-based and outcomes-focused approach;
- shaping provision to support people, places and populations;
- and continuously raising the ambition
The standards are intended:
- to support cross-organisational reflection and dialogue on how well integration in local commissioning arrangements are working
- as a benchmarking diagnostic tool in critical self-assessment by system partners
- in a peer to peer review or peer challenge to promote sector led improvement.
(Local Government Agency and NHS Clinical Commissioners )
It can be viewed here
NHS England & NHS Improvement | April 2018 | Paying for quality and outcomes: IAPT case studies
To support commissioners and providers to implement a cluster-based payment approach, NHS England and NHS Improvement published Developing an outcomes-based payment approach for adult IAPT services in January 2017.
Now, NHS England & NHS Improvement have co-produced a series of case studies based on the experience of five clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) and NHS trusts who have developed and implemented, or are in the process of developing and implementing, an outcomes-based payment approach for IAPT (Improving Access to Psychological Therapies) services (NHS England & NHS Improvement).
The case studies are from:
- Birmingham CrossCity CCG
- Humber NHS Foundation Trust
- South Staffordshire and Shropshire Healthcare NHS FT
- South Tees CCG
- Wakefield CGC
The Royal College of General Practitioners has produced guidance which outlines considerations for GPs and GP practices considering using or implementing online consultation services. It also includes advice for commissioning bodies such as Clinical Commissioning Groups in England that might be considering a system for their local population – one question being whether the system is likely to address current demand or generate new demand, and if the latter, what resources are available to meet it.
This report comes as a growing number of services offering consultations online, most commonly via a smartphone apps, are hitting the market. Whilst many of these are private, some have developed partnerships with GP practices in order to deliver NHS care.
“The College recognises that online consultations can be beneficial for patients, and indeed many practices across the country are already implementing in some form. However, we want to ensure that they are being implemented in a way that is safe for patients, and alleviates pressures in general practice and across the NHS. We also think that online consultations should be provided in addition to traditional services, not instead of them.
Professor Martin Marshall, Vice Chair of the RCGP and author of the guidance, said “We hope this guidance will help everyone – patients, GPs, practice team members and commissioners – gain a better insight into online consultations, and, most importantly, help equip them with the information they need, so that patients are receiving high-quality, safe care, whichever way they choose to receive it (Royal College of General Practitioners).
The full report can be read here