New data protection legislation affecting all NHS organisations

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is set to replace the existing Data Protection Act on 25 May 2018. It will require all organisations, which process personal data – including CCGs, to meet higher data protection standards.

Some of the new requirements of GDPR will be appointing a data protection officer, the ability to demonstrate that you are complying with the new law and higher penalties for those not following the rules.

The Information Commissioners Office has produced a package of tools and resources to help you get ready. These resources include:

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Further information can be found on the Information Commissioner’s Office’s website.


Best start in life: cost-effective commissioning

Public Health England  |  March 2018   | Best start in life: cost-effective commissioning  

Public Health England has produced guidance for local commissioners to provide cost-effective interventions for children aged up to 5 and pregnant women.  It is designed to support local authorities and clinical commissioning groups  when making commissioning decisions.


The interventions included in the tool have been selected because they demonstrate cost-effectiveness and good economic return aimed at the target population(s).  In total, there are eleven interventions; two of these are focused on breastfeeding uptake and the other nine look at preventing or treating postnatal depression (PND).

Best start in life: cost-effectiveness and ROI of interventions,  a report which provides further details on how the tool was constructed can be read at PHE 

Best start in life: return on investment tool can be  downoaded from PHE  

Further details are available at Public Health England 

Responsibility for prescribing between Primary & Secondary/Tertiary Care

The latest guidance for Commissioners has been published by NHS England. Its purpose it to provide clarity on the responsibilities of all professionals involved in commissioning and prescribing across primary, secondary and tertiary care, and to provide support in developing shared care agreements and in the transfer of care.


The guidance can can be read here 

Commissioning primary care services

NHS England has updated the Primary medical care policy and guidance manual to reflect the changing landscape in primary care co-commissioning.   This document provides commissioners of primary care services the context, information and tools to safely commission and contract manage primary medical care contracts.

The document is split into four sections:

Part A – Excellent Commissioning and Partnership Working

Part B – General Contract Management

Part C – When things go wrong

Part D – General

Alcohol, drugs and tobacco: commissioning support pack

Annually updated alcohol, drugs and tobacco commissioning support pack for local authorities | Public Health England

This commissioning support pack will help local authorities to develop joint strategic needs assessment and local joint health and wellbeing strategies which effectively address public health issues relating to alcohol, drug and tobacco use.

The pack covers 4 topics, which are:

  • planning alcohol harm prevention, treatment and recovery in adults
  • planning drugs prevention, treatment and recovery in adults
  • planning comprehensive interventions for young people
  • planning comprehensive local tobacco control interventions

For each of these topics, there are:

  • a set of good practice principles and indicators to help local areas assess need and plan and commission effective services and interventions
  • bespoke data for each local area to help them commission effective services and interventions

Documents available via Public Health England

People with co-occurring conditions: commission and provide services

Better care for people with co-occurring mental health and alcohol/drug use conditions: A guide for commissioners and service providers | Public Health England

This Public Health England (PHE) guide, developed with the support of NHS England,  should be used by the commissioners and providers of mental health and alcohol and drug treatment services, to inform the commissioning and provision of effective care for people with co-occurring mental health and alcohol/drug use conditions. It also has relevance for all other services that have contact with people with co-occurring conditions, including people experiencing mental health crisis.

The guidance has been co-produced with members of the expert reference group for co-existing substance misuse with mental health issues, and in consultation with experts through experience, service providers, practitioners, commissioners and policy leads.

It aims to support local areas to commission timely and effective responses for people
with co-occurring conditions. It encourages commissioners and service providers to
work together to improve access to services which can reduce harm, improve health
and enhance recovery, enabling services to respond effectively and flexibly to
presenting needs and prevent exclusion.

Full document available via Public Health England

Patient and public participation in commissioning

NHS England has published Patient and public participation in commissioning health and care: statutory guidance for CCGs and NHS England.

This guidance aims to support CCG staff to involve patients and the public in their work in a meaningful way to improve services.  It sets out ten key actions for CCGs on how to embed involvement in their work,  includes advice on the legal duty to involve, and links to resources, good practice and advice.