The focus packs are on Cancer and Tumours; Mental Health and Dementia; Maternity and Early Years; and Musculoskeletal, Trauma and Injuries. The information contained in each pack is designed to support local discussions and inform a more in-depth analysis around common conditions and pathways.
This guide supports CCGs to make good decisions by clarifying what they need to do when selecting providers and awarding contracts. It should be read in conjunction with guidance previously issued by Monitor and the Cabinet Office, as well as forthcoming guidance from the Department of Health on requirements from recent changes to general procurement law.
This report highlights how the role of nurses on a CCG’s governing body has changed over time, empowering them to make more of a difference for their local patients and populations.
It reveals how many CCGs are now employing full time chief or executive nurses with responsibility for the day-to-day running of an element of the organisation, going beyond the legal requirement for a registered nurse to sit on their governing body.
The report illustrates the impact that commissioning nurses are making locally, such as reducing rates of smoking in pregnancy, providing a voice for practice nurses and leading local service development. It also makes recommendations for national organisations and CCGs themselves on how they can support the commissioning nurse to be as effective as possible.
NHS England has published supporting documents for the CCG improvement and assessment framework for 2016/17.
The operating manual phase one provides details of the operational processes that underpin the framework, and the technical annex provides details of the construction and purpose of each of the 60 indicators in the framework.
Hospice UK has published A low priority? How local health and care plans overlook the needs of dying people. This report examines the strategic priority given to people with palliative and end of life care needs by local statutory structures in England. Freedom of Information requests were sent to all Health and Wellbeing Boards and CCGs in England. The findings show a significant inconsistency in the consideration of adults and children with palliative care needs in health and care planning.
It adds that where CCGs receive a number of responses they should not discriminate between providers, and should run a process that enables them to select the best bid.
However, the letter says: “It is not true that all contracts must be awarded using a competitive tender process. There are lots of ways of [selecting a provider], including through an open process or by negotiation.”
London Clinical Networks. Published online: 10 May 2106
Guidance for commissioners and providers to meet the NICE Quality Standard on Dementia (QS1), which states that people with dementia should have an assessment and an ongoing personalised care plan, agreed across health and social care.
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Service providers, including health, social care, voluntary and charitable organisations
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People living with dementia
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Describe the key elements of person-centred support planning
Describe how to write a new support plan
A support plan should capture what is important to the person living with dementia.
Once a support plan is put in place it needs to be reviewed regularly, to reflect changes in needs, wishes and circumstances.
The professional who helps putting the support plan together should assume the person with dementia has capacity and use clinical judgement, using the Mental Capacity Act when needed.