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

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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.

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.

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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.