More clinical pharmacists set to work in GP surgeries

Further applications for Clinical pharmacists in the general practice programme have been approved meaning more than 520 clinical pharmacists covering 1,791 GP sites will benefit an additional 18.5 million patients | NHS England

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This builds on the 494 clinical pharmacists already working across around 650 GP practices as part of a pilot scheme. Clinical pharmacists work in general practice teams to help patients manage their medication effectively. This improves the quality of care and ensures patient safety as well as freeing up time for GPs to focus on patients with the most complex health issues. Applications are considered on an on-going basis and the next deadline is 29th September 2017.

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Nearly six in ten CCGs missing talking therapies targets

Almost six in ten clinical commissioning groups are missing targets on access to talking therapies, according to official figures | OnMedica


Mental health charity Mind said this morning that the “unacceptable” figures reflect years of mental health services being “woefully underfunded”, and insisted that it is vital that quality, timely services must be in place to meet increasing demand.

Mind said the new data, from NHS England’s mental health dashboard on how CCGs are performing with regard to delivering talking therapies, highlight the proportion of CCGs meeting and missing their targets. These most recent available data, which are for Q3 (October-December) 2016, showed that 120 out of 209 CCGs in England (57%) are failing to meet the target for the proportion of people in their area that should be accessing talking therapies – currently set at 15.8% of the local population who have been identified as being able to benefit from talking therapies. By 2021, this target is set to rise to 25%.

The figures also revealed that barely half (52%) of CCGs met the recovery rate target for talking therapies – 101 out of 209 CCGs missed the current recovery target, which is set at 50%.

Mind pointed out that these data specifically focus on therapies available through the Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) programme, which is supposed to increase accessibility of talking treatments to those identified as potentially benefitting from receiving them (typically, people with common mental health problems such as depression and anxiety disorder).

What’s New in Care Models: NHS England’s MCP flotilla

Tracking everything that’s new in care models and progress of the Five Year Forward View | By HSJ’s integration reporter David Williams.


Late last year NHS England launched a great flotilla of new papers on MCPs (“a raft” doesn’t quite do justice to the sheer scale of the release), providing lots of significant new detail on how the new providers will be constituted and contracted.

The documents include the draft contract, a lot of things explaining what the contract means, a template alliance agreement for people who don’t want to go the whole hog, and a couple of papers aimed at GPs who might be considering getting involved.

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National health organisations publish a shared commitment to quality

The National Quality Board (NQB) has today (21 December) published a new framework that will promote improved quality criteria across all national health organisations for the first time | NHS England

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The new publication provides a nationally agreed definition of quality and guide for clinical and managerial leaders wanting to improve quality.

The approach has been agreed by the national bodies that form the NQB to provide more consistency and to enable the system to work together more effectively.

It is part of work to cut unnecessary red tape by reducing duplication and aligning demands on professionals for information on the quality of services.

The document sets out a range of measures to achieve higher and consistent standards including: the need for a common language that people who use services understand; to ensure commissioners and providers experience a coherent system of assurance, measurement and regulation; that professionals and staff are equipped and empowered to deliver safe, effective, and responsive care; and leaders should create a culture where people feel free to speak up when something goes wrong.

Read the full overview here

Read the full framework here

Transformation fund call to bid

To support the implementation of the Five Year Forward View vision of better health, better patient care and improved NHS efficiency, NHS England has created a transformation fund | NHS England


The interventions for which transformation funding are available are:

Sustainability and Transformation Plans (STPs) are central to this process and all bids should be explicitly linked to the relevant local STP plans. This process is open to any STP, although individual organisations or alliances may bid on behalf of an STP for this funding; submission of applications must be via STPs.

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NHS England offering support to CCGs to improve dementia care

Following publication of the CCG improvement and assessment framework 2016/17, NHS England is offering support to CCGs to improve dementia care | NHS England

NHS England introduced a new CCG improvement and assessment framework in 2016/17, fully aligned to the Five Year Forward View and NHS planning guidance. This brings together a range of key indicators, enabling NHS England and CCGs to work together, using the indicators to drive improvement for patients.

There are national ambitions for transformation in a number of vital clinical priorities, including Dementia.  Each priority area has a number of indicators in the framework and the areas are assessed by independent panels, with a separate, clear rating.  These ratings are published on MyNHS.   Each area has its own support programme for CCGs, which may already be in place or is being introduced in stages.

The dementia support offer recognises that CCGs will have varying levels of need for support and provides three levels, which can run concurrently.  The more bespoke levels of support will be focused on a smaller number of CCGs with the greatest identified need.

Read the full outline here

Commissioning for Value – comprehensive data packs to support CCGs and NHS England in the regions

NHS England is committed to giving CCGs and NHS England in the regions practical support in gathering data, evidence and tools to help them transform the way care is delivered for their patients and populations.

NHS Right Care now sits within NHS England, and working with Public Health Englandwe are providing a suite of materials to support effective ‘commissioning for value’. This includes a range of comprehensive data packs and online tools.

The information in the packs will be of particular interest to CCG clinical and management leads with responsibility for finance, performance, improvement and health outcomes; to NHS England regional team leads; and to commissioning support teams who are helping CCGs with this work. A range of additional free support to accompany the data is set out within each pack.

Rotherham CCG Data Pack:

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View other packs via NHS England