New guidelines to drive improvement in orthotic services

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Patients in England should be able to expect greater quality and consistency in orthotic services in the future thanks to the results of a national review.

NHS England has today (Thursday 19 November) issued a call for local commissioners to improve how vital ortheses are provided, alongside a suite of guidance and resources to help them do so.

Orthotic services provide prescription insoles, braces, splints, callipers, footwear, spinal jackets and helmets which help people recover from or avoid injury, or live with lifelong conditions.

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The correct supply and fitting of orthoses can help improve quality of life by reducing pain, keeping people mobile and independent and preventing more invasive and expensive interventions like surgery, amputation or the need for social care.

Previous studies have estimated that for every £1 spent on improving orthotics services, the NHS could potentially save as much as £4.

However, there…

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Extending the role of community pharmacy in urgent care

NHS England has published Extending the role of community pharmacy in urgent care.  This guidance provides practical tips and case studies for System Resilience Groups and local commissioners showing how to extend the role of community pharmacy to relieve pressure on urgent care and how to make best use of the tools such as the Directory of Services, NHS Choices and the Summary Care Record to support this.

CCG efficiency targets rise sharply as financial squeeze spreads | Health Service Journal

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Clinical commissioning groups’ efficiency targets have risen by over a quarter this year in a sign that the financial strain on the health service is moving beyond the provider sector.

  • CCG QIPP targets up by more than 25 per cent in a year
  • Efficiency requirement shows financial squeeze is spreading beyond provider sector
  • Highest QIPP targets linked to CCGs in deficit
  • Many plans still relying on A&E activity reduction

CCG quality, innovation, productivity and prevention targets, published by NHS England, show that commissioners are aiming to save £1.8bn this financial year through their efficiency plans – an increase of 28 per cent on last year.

The data also shows the CCGs with the biggest QIPP challenges this year have targets to save more than 6 per cent of their annual funding allocation. In 2014-15, the largest QIPP targets were less than 5 per cent of allocation.

The average QIPP target…

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Making choice work well in NHS adult hearing services: resources for commissioners

Shared principles for redesigning the local health and care landscape

This document provides local system leaders – LAs, HWBs, CCGs, NHS and care providers and patients and the public – with shared principles to give assurance that proposals on service redesign are focused on improving services and improving health and wellbeing outcomes.

Full document: Shared principles for redesigning the local health and care landscape

Atlas of Variation 2015 Opportunity Locator tool

“The Atlas of Variation Opportunities Locator is a companion tools to the NHS Atlas of Variation 2015. It uses the same data and maps but allows local commissioners to select and view the CCG and Local Authority maps for their own local population  across a wide range of disease areas contained in the Atlas.

The locator:

  • Identifies best performer amongst demographic peers
  • Quantifies extent of benefit if opportunity is taken
  • Links to best practice and guidance

Below are download links to the excel based Opportunity Locator: there is a CCG edition and a Local Authority edition. There is a guide to the use of the tool embedded in the Excel files but we also provide three “Screencasts” walking you through the tools and how this tool relates to the Atlases and other tools.

The Opportunities Locator should be used by local commissioners alongside the Commissioning for Value packs and the Spend and Outcome Tool to inform and direct their pathway improvement efforts.”

via Atlas of Variation 2015 Opportunity Locator tool