Use of Resources assessment framework

A framework for evaluating how providers are making use of resources, leadership and governance in order to provide high quality care that is efficient and sustainable | NHS Improvement

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Following sector-wide feedback, we’ve produced this framework, finalising our approach to the Use of Resources assessment. This will help us to better understand how effectively and efficiently providers are using their resources – including finances, workforce, estates and facilities, technology and procurement – to provide high quality, efficient and sustainable care for patients, and will help us to deliver tailored support to providers.

The Use of Resources assessment will also help us to identify providers’ support needs under the Single Oversight Framework (SOF), and deliver targeted support accordingly. We are now updating the SOF to reflect these and other changes in our oversight approach and will publish an updated version in October, following feedback.

Read the full overview here

Where next for commissioning?

David Evans chief executive of Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust shares his view on where next for commissioning as part of Provider Voices | NHS Providers.

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My honest opinion is that the purchaser-provider split has outlived its usefulness. The NHS environment has changed hugely from the time when commissioning seemed like a good idea. Back then, there was plenty of money in the system, and options for getting better deals for your money by managing the market.

Now money is tight, the question must be whether money spent on commissioning wouldn’t be better used delivering services. Look at the situation nationally: some providers are in dire financial straits and their commissioners sit on surpluses. In other places, the reverse applies.

We have seen private providers hit this wall too, as well as some high-profile commissioning decisions (as in Cambridgeshire) that fall foul of the reality of providing services.

Read the full post here

The future of commissioning

NHS Providers has launched a new publication series “Provider Voices” which promotes the views of leaders from a range of trusts and other parts of the service on some of the key issues facing the NHS.

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The first report Where next for commissioning? includes eight interviews that address concerns including the role of Sustainability and Transformation Partnerships (STPs) and accountable care systems (ACSs), the challenge of integrating health and care commissioning, and the future of the purchaser-provider split.

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Bite-size guides on patient insight

NHS England has launched two further bite-size guides to patient insight to help CCGs and providers make better use of national surveys and feedback data and to plan their own local insight work to inform service reviews and redesigns | NHS England

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We want to help providers and commissioners to understand the use of patient insight better and to use it effectively in delivering local services.  Publications on this page are designed to help build understanding and skills in this area and we will add new topics over time.

View the guide to ‘how and when to commission new insight and feedback’ here

View guide to ‘what’s already available’ here

View the guide to ‘Patient Reported Outcome Measures (PROMS)’ here