NHS England & NHS Improvement | March 2018 | The Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) Pathway for People with Long-term Physical Health Conditions and Medically Unexplained Symptoms
NHS England & NHS Improvement have developed, The Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) Pathway for People with Long-term Physical Health Conditions and Medically Unexplained Symptoms. This guidance has been produced to support Clinical Commissioning Groups CCGs in expanding Improving Access to Psychological Therapies by commissioning (IAPT) services integrated into physical healthcare pathways. To facilitate this expansion, it sets out the treatment pathway that that underpins the access and waiting time standards, which all services should seek to measure themselves against.
The guidance can be read at NHS England
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:
- a guide to the GDPR;
- a getting ready for the GDPR self help checklist;
- a GDPR FAQs document;
- a new advice service helpline for small organisations; and
- a ‘12 steps to take now’ graphic.
Further information can be found on the Information Commissioner’s Office’s website.
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).
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
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