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.

Domestic abuse: a resource for health professionals

Responding to domestic abuse: a resource for health professionals | Department of Health


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This resource looks at how health professionals can support adults and young people over 16 who are experiencing domestic abuse, and dependent children in their households.

It will help health staff to identify potential victims, initiate sensitive routine enquiry and respond effectively to disclosures of abuse. Commissioners will gain insight into services to support people experiencing domestic violence and abuse, and the importance of joined-up local strategic planning.

The resource draws on the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence multi-agency guidelines on domestic violence and abuse, and provides:

  • the legal and policy contexts of domestic abuse in England
  • information for commissioners on effective integrated care pathways
  • information for service providers on shaping service delivery
  • what health practitioners need to know and do
  • information to ensure the right pathway and services are in place locally

Full document: Responding to domestic abuse: a resource for health professionals

Transfer of Commissioning Responsibility to CCGs for Adult Obesity services 2016/17: Guidance for CCGs

NHS England Specialised Commissioning is supporting the transfer of obesity surgery to Clinical Commissioning Groups from 1st April 2016 | NHS England

It is leading on the contract negotiations for 2016/17 against the current specification and access criteria. NHS England with the Obesity Surgery Clinical Reference Group has prepared guidance for CCGs, for commissioning this year and from 2017/18

Devolved Services CCG Guidance Obesity

Read the full document here

Preventing falls and fractures

Public Health England has published Falls and fracture consensus statement: supporting commissioning for prevention.


The guidance is aimed at local commissioning and strategic leads with a remit for falls, bone health and healthy ageing.  This document outlines approaches to interventions and activities helping prevent falls and fractures to improve health outcomes for older people.

The Royal College of Physicians has published Look out! Bedside vision check for falls prevention.

This guide aims to help ward staff assess a patient’s eyesight in order to help prevent them falling or tripping while in hospital.

Smoking cessation in mental health settings

Smoking cessation in secure mental health settings: guidance for commissioners | Public Health England

The guidance for commissioners provides:

  • evidence on the effects of smoking on mental health
  • the benefits of smoking cessation
  • case studies where providers have successfully implemented National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) guidance PH48


Related: Working together to promote cessation of smoking in children and young people: briefing for commissioners of Tier 4 Children and Adolescents Mental Health Services (CAMHS)

Sexual and reproductive health in England: local and national data

condom-538601_1280An updated version of Guidance to help health professionals including local government, service providers and commissioners understand the sexual health data that is available across England and how the data can be accessed. It includes data collected by
Public Health England (PHE) and other organisations.

This information provides an overview of the information available on sexually transmitted infection (STIs), HIV, contraception, conception and abortion and where to access it. It is divided into indicators (used for tracking progress), detailed local information (collation and interpretation of local intelligence) and national resources (tables and reports).

Access the full guidance: Sexual health, reproductive health and HIV in England: a guide to local and national data

Commissioner Guidelines for Responding to Requests from Practices to Temporarily Suspend Patient Registration

These guidelines have been published to assist commissioners in responding to practices wanting to suspend patient registration on a temporary basis | NHS England


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It recognises the duty on commissioners to secure services for patients as well as the pressure on practices in providing services linking with support arrangements described in the general practice forward view.

The GMS and PMS contracts allow for a Practice to request permission from its commissioner to close its list to new patients (Paragraph 29 of Schedule 6, Part 2 of the NHS (GMS Contracts) Regulations (as amended). This option exists to give practices a degree of workload control over the management of their services, particularly when there is unusual and sustained demand from patients or in situations of workforce or recruitment difficulties that affect a practices ability to provide services to an acceptable and safe standard.

Read the full document here