Consultation on contracting arrangements for Integrated Care Providers (ICPs)

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).

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Improving Access for All

NHS England | July 2018 | Improving Access for All

NHS England have released a short animation that underlines inequalities of access to to GP general practice services. The film provides  advice to CCGs on how to address the issue.

The film is based on research findings from academics at the University of East Anglia, which originally gave rise to a toolkit for commissioners.

 

Related:

University of East Anglia Access to GP research 

NHS England Toolkit for Commissioners 

Evidence-Based Interventions Programme Consultation

NHS England | July 2018 | Overview

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.

feedback-2824577_1280The 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 

Consultation documents:

Evidence Based Interventions: Consultation document

Easy read consultation guide 

Frequently accessed questions

You can access the survey here 

The Improving Access to Psychological Therapies Manual

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).

Breaking down barriers to better health and care

NHS England | June 2018 | Breaking down barriers to better health and care

NHS England has produced Breaking down barriers to better health and care.

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Image source: england.nhs.uk

This guide provides details on how NHS organisations and local councils in England are moving from fragmented services to local partnerships and integrated care systems in order to meet the health needs of the population (NHS England). 

You can download the publication here 

Paying for quality and outcomes: IAPT case studies

NHS England & NHS Improvement | April 2018 | Paying for quality and outcomes: IAPT case studies

To support commissioners and providers to implement a cluster-based payment approach, NHS England and NHS Improvement published Developing an outcomes-based payment approach for adult IAPT services in January 2017.

Now, NHS England  & NHS Improvement  have co-produced a series of case studies based on the experience of five clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) and NHS trusts who have developed and implemented, or are in the process of developing and implementing, an outcomes-based payment approach for IAPT (Improving Access to Psychological Therapies) services (NHS England & NHS Improvement).
The case studies are from:

  • Birmingham CrossCity CCG
  • Humber NHS Foundation Trust
  • South Staffordshire and Shropshire Healthcare NHS FT
  • South Tees CCG
  • Wakefield CGC 

Specialised Commissioning

Specialised Commissioning Service Development Policy | NHS England

This service development policy  sets out NHS England’s approach for making decisions about which new treatments and interventions to routinely commission, and the approach used for updating existing service specifications, or creating new ones.

It is intended to ensure that funding is allocated fairly and appropriately, with due
regard to the competing demands on NHS England’s available funding.

This policy is accompanied by two methods documents: Methods: National Clinical
Policies and Methods: Service Specification which set out the processes in detail.