NHS England | November 2018 | Items which should not routinely be prescribed in primary care: an update and a consultation on further guidance for CCGs
NHS England are running a national consultation on items which should not routinely be prescribed in primary care (for example GP practices, pharmacies, the dentist, and eye clinics.) The consultation involves 9 medicines and products. According to NHS England, research shows that some medicines can be replaced with other medicines that work better, are safer or cost less money.
NHS England | October 2018| Towards commissioning for workplace compassion: a support guide
NHS England has produced a support guide for workplace compassion; this document includes evidence-informed guidance and good practice for commissioners and for providers to support them in achieving compassion in the workplace and so create an NHS culture of compassion for all (Source: NHS England).
NHS England | September 2018 | Guidance for Commissioners: Interpreting and Translation Services in Primary Care
New guidance from NHS England has been designed to support local commissioners of primary care services when commissioning translation or interpreting services, or reviewing existing services. It was initially written with primary medical care services (GP surgeries) in mind but commissioners may find the contents applicable to other settings, such as other primary care settings or hospital sites.
The guidance highlights principles of best practices commissioners should consider when
commissioning services for NHS patients and carers, specifically:
Quality considerations (‘principles’)
Commissioning and contracting considerations. (Source: NHS England)
NHS England | August 2018 | Consultation on contracting arrangements for Integrated Care Providers (ICPs) NHS England has launched its promised consultation on the contracting arrangements for Integrated Care Providers (ICPs). The 12 week consultation is open until Friday October 26 and people can give their views on line or by post. NHS England will also hold engagement events during the consultation period to listen to stakeholders’ views.
The consultation provides more detail about how the proposed ICP Contract would underpin integration between services, how it differs from existing NHS contracts, and how ICPs fit into the broader commissioning system.
There is widespread support for ending the fragmented way that care has been provided to improve services for patients and the NHS has been working towards this in a number of ways.
ICPs are one of these ways, and are intended to allow health and care organisations to be funded to provide services for a local population in a coordinated way. Following two recent Judicial Reviews which were dismissed, the High Court has twice now ruled that this proposed contractual approach to developing integrated care is lawful; and in a recent report Parliament’s cross-party Health and Social Care Select Committee said ICPs were part of a ‘pragmatic response’ to pressures in the system (Source: NHS England).
A new consultation from NHS England seeks views on the design principles of a programme to reduce the delivery of clinically ineffective interventions. The proposals aim to reduce avoidable harm to patients, save professional time, help clinicians maintain their professional practice in line with the changing evidence base, create headroom for innovation, and maximise value and avoid waste. The closing date for comments is 28 September 2018.
The proposals aim to reduce avoidable harm to patients, save precious professional time, help clinicians maintain their professional practice in line with the changing evidence base, create headroom for innovation and maximise value and avoid waste for patients and taxpayers. NHS England are publicly consulting on the design principles of the programme, the interventions we should target initially and proposed clinical criteria, the activity goals we should set and delivery actions, including proposed new terms in the NHS Standard Contract.
Full details about the proposals are available at NHS England
NHS England | June 2018| The Improving Access to Psychological Therapies Manual NHS England has produced a new manual, alongside a separate document that contains the appendices and helpful resources, to improve access to psychological therapies . It is intended to help the IAPT programme improve the delivery of, and access to, evidence-based psychological therapies within the NHS.
The Improving Access to Psychological Therapies Manual is for all commissioners, providers and clinicians of services that deliver psychological therapies. It serves as an essential manual for IAPT services, describing the IAPT model in detail and how to deliver it, with a focus on the importance of providing National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE)-recommended care (Source: NHS England).