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CCGs must move towards strategic commissioning to improve local care

14.12.17: CCGs in the UK should move towards strategic commissioning if the healthcare system is to embrace a move toward integrated local care, claims a new briefing from NHS Clinical Commissioners (NHSCC). ‘Making strategic commissioning work...

Commissioners call on DH to ‘blacklist’ ineffective treatments

06.12.17: NHS England has launched guidance detailing 18 items which should not routinely be prescribed in primary care. However, following the announcement NHS Clinical Commissioners (NHSCC) has also called for seven treatments to be ‘blacklis...

A balancing act: commissioning in the new world of accountable care

29.11.17: Ruth Robertson, policy fellow at the King’s Fund, considers how CCG responsibilities and relationships will change and evolve as the NHS moves towards integrated structures of care. Adapting to change is part of business as usual for...

Support group secures £32m Norfolk and Waveney contract

23.10.17: NHS Arden and Greater East Midlands (GEM) CSU has been awarded the contract to provide support services for five CCGs in Norfolk and Waveney. The £32m contract went out to tender and was decided by the NHS England Lead Provider F...

Concern raised as CCG cuts transport for non-emergency patients

02.10.17: Experts have today criticised a CCG for a change to its patient transport arrangements which will force some people needing regular treatment to make their own way into hospital. NHS Kernow CCG has decided that from the end of October, non...

CCGs hungry to move towards collaborative care models in 2017-18

27.09.17: The majority of CCGs in England are embracing change and intend to contract for a new care model this year, NHS Clinical Commissioners (NHSCC) has today stated. Research undertaken by the organisation also sets out the long-term vision for...

Patients raise concern at Dorset CCG service reshuffle

21.09.17: A reorganisation of hospitals services in Dorset has this week been agreed that will see beds cut and an A&E closed, leading to considerable patient outrage. Dorset CCG unveiled its recommendations for the area last week, which are targ...

STP progress ‘threatened by poor track record’ of private partner

04.09.17: Patient representatives and the BMA have voiced concerns over what they believe are “short-term commissioning decisions” after the Nottingham & Nottinghamshire sustainability and transformation partnership (STP) decided...

Breaking down silos at the Commissioning Show

21.07.17: NHE’s Luana Salles and Josh Mines report from this year’s Commissioning Show, co-located with Health+Care, which served to highlight that isolated working is now a thing of the past. Clinical commissioning, like the rest of the...

The meanings of value

20.06.17: Professor Sir Muir Gray, director of Better Value Healthcare, considers the meaning of value in NHS commissioning for both the system and patients. Hermeneutics is the name given to the academic study of documents with a view to understandi...

CCG budgets tightening under rapidly increasing pressures, NHSCC warns

13.06.17: Rising inflation along with a growing population is leading to the value of the ‘CCG pound’ decreasing, NHS Clinical Commissioners (NHSCC) has today stated. The organisation has launched an infographic that explains how even tho...

Making place-based commissioning a reality with digital

09.06.17: During e-Health Week a panel of experts discussed the benefits of place-based commissioning. NHE's David Stevenson reports. Back in 2015, The King’s Fund published its ‘Place-based systems of care: A way forward for the NHS in E...

Excellence in diabetes care commissioning

06.06.17: Julie Wood, chief executive at NHS Clinical Commissioners, considers how national bodies can support CCGs to take further action to improve diabetes care and reduce costs. Since 1996 the number of people living with diabetes in the UK has m...

Half of CCGs forced to delay or cancel spending to keep finances afloat

01.06.17: Half of the CCGs in England are planning to delay or cancel spending in order to reach their financial targets, health experts have today revealed. In a survey conducted by think tank the King’s Fund, CCG and Trust leads were asked ab...

NHS England refines rules to crackdown on CCG conflicts of interest

31.05.17: NHS England has clarified rules on how CCGs manage conflicts of interest and confirmed new rules for accepting hospitality and gifts that will come in to force tomorrow. In February, board papers revealed that from 1 June, there would be a...

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CCGs must move towards strategic commissioning to improve local care

14/12/2017CCGs must move towards strategic commissioning to improve local care

CCGs in the UK should move towards strategic commissioning if the healthcare system is to embrace a move toward integrated local care, claims a n... more >

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25/09/2017A hotbed of innovation

This edition of NHE comes hot on the heels of this year’s NHS Expo which, once again, proved to be a huge success at Manchester Central. A number of announcements were made during the event, with the health secretary naming the second wave of NHS digital pioneers, or ‘fast followers’, which follow the initial global digital e... read more >

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Ten lessons to support new care models locally

29/11/2017Ten lessons to support new care models locally

Anna Starling, policy fellow at the Health Foundation, offers the top 10 lessons for local leaders seeking to make systematic improvements across services, all based on first-hand accounts from vanguard officials. Redesigning health and social care services across traditional boundaries is not easy. Making change in complex environments, ... more >
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Strategic investment planning

13/12/2017Strategic investment planning

Paul Turton, head of solutions development at NHS Supply Chain, looks at how trusts can unlock investment in medical equipment to alleviate finan... more >
A fight worth fighting

13/12/2017A fight worth fighting

Professor Wendy Burn, president of the Royal College of Psychiatrists (RCPsych), laments the current lack of public understanding about severe me... more >
Developing a wellness workforce

13/12/2017Developing a wellness workforce

The entire health and care sector needs to come together to prepare for a shift towards health creation, writes Merron Simpson, chief executive o... more >
The future of the nursing workforce: what next?

13/12/2017The future of the nursing workforce: what next?

Janet Davies, chief executive and general secretary of the Royal College of Nursing (RCN), argues that the evidence of the importance of prioriti... more >

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Cutting through the fake news

22/11/2017Cutting through the fake news

In an era of so-called ‘fake news’ growing alongside a renewed focus on reducing stigma around mental health, Paul Farmer, chief exec... more >
Tackling infection prevention locally

04/10/2017Tackling infection prevention locally

Dr Emma Burnett, a lecturer and researcher in infection prevention at the University of Dundee’s School of Nursing and Midwifery and a boar... more >
Scan4Safety: benefits across the whole supply chain

02/10/2017Scan4Safety: benefits across the whole supply chain

NHE interviews Gillian Fox, head of eProcurement (Scan4Safety) programme at NHS Supply Chain. How has the Scan4Safety initiative evolved sin... more >
Simon Stevens: A hunger for innovation

25/09/2017Simon Stevens: A hunger for innovation

Simon Stevens, chief executive of NHS England, knows that the health service is already a world leader when it comes to medical advances – ... more >

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