Public health commissioning in the NHS 2016 to 2017

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The NHS public health functions agreement sets out the arrangements under which the Secretary of State delegates responsibility to NHS England for certain public health services (known as Section 7A services).

It aims to:

  • improve public health outcomes and reduce health inequalities
  • contribute to a more sustainable public health, health and care system

Weight management services: national mapping

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This report explores the provision of tier 2 and tier 3 weight management services for children, young people and adults that are locally commissioned through local authorities and clinical commissioning groups.

It provides insights into how these services are delivered across England including

  • referral routes and entry criteria
  • service details
  • costs
  • exit routes
  • barriers to commissioning services

View the full report and other documents here

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Can GP commissioners improve the delivery of patient care?

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Clinical commissioning groups can now plan and provide primary care services, causing concern among other medical bodies

Since April, clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) have been allowed to take on extra responsibility for commissioning primary care services – generating controversy about whether GPs may profit from their decisions.

The new powers for GP co-commissioning enable CCGs to take over responsibility for planning and providing local primary care services, except for dental, optical and pharmacy. But the British Medical Association, the doctors’ body, and the Patients Association have both expressed concerns that there is a risk the changes may harm the doctor-patient relationship if some GPs are seen to be – or even suspected of – profiting from CCG decisions.

Under reforms introduced by the 2012 Health and Social Care Act, NHS England was originally given responsibility for commissioning primary care services and monitoring GPs’ contracts. Doctors and local NHS managers agreed…

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Weight management services: national mapping

Public Health England has published National mapping of weight management services Provision of tier 2 and tier 3 services in England. This document explores the provision of tier 2 and tier 3 weight management services for children, young people and adults that are locally commissioned through local authorities and clinical commissioning groups. It provides insights into how these services are delivered across England including: referral routes and entry criteria; service details; costs; exit routes and barriers to commissioning services.  A number of accompanying documents have also been published.

Collaboration in general practice

The Royal College of General Practitioners and the Nuffield Trust have published Collaboration in general practice: surveys of GPs and CCGs.  Commissioned by NHS England, this slide pack presents the results of two online surveys which aimed to examine the landscape of collaboration in general practice: one distributed to GPs; and the other distributed to clinical commissioning groups.

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The surveys were undertaken from July to November 2015 and aimed to provide a snapshot of the pace and scale of large-scale collaboration in general practice in England. They include responses from 94 CCGs and 982 GPs and practice representatives.