Towards an effective NHS payment system

The Health Foundation and NHS Providers have published Towards an effective NHS payment system: eight principles .This report examines how current payment systems impact on those providing care to patients and identifies eight principles that a payment system should meet if it is to support providers deliver high quality care.  The eight principles are: clear purpose; realistic expectations about impact; national consistency with local flexibility; appropriate, aligned incentives; high quality data; balance between complexity of design and ease of use; independent oversight and support; and time to embed and evaluate systems.

Additional links: Health Foundation press release | NHS Providers blog

Monitoring non-communicable diseases

The World Health Organisation Regional Office for Europe has published Monitoring noncommunicable disease commitments in Europe. This annual document contains data on non-communicable disease (NCDs) surveillance in the WHO European Region.  It focuses on progress towards implementation of “best buys” for the governance, surveillance, prevention and management of NCDs.

Additional link: WHO press release

CQC regulation: consultation response

The Care Quality Commission has published the response to its second set of proposals aiming to simplify and strengthen health and social care regulation in England.  This document summarises the feedback received regarding proposals on how the CQC regulates primary medical services and adult social care services; improvements to the structure of registration; monitors, inspects and rates new models of care; and encourages improvements in quality of care.


The Role of Nurses in Alcohol and Drug Treatment Services

Guidance for commissioners, providers and clinicians on the roles of nurses in alcohol and drug treatment in England. | Public Health England

This resource describes the many potential roles of nurses in alcohol and drug treatment in England to help commissioners and providers of specialist adult alcohol and drug treatment services to recruit the right workforce to meet local needs.

The document outlines:

  • The roles of nurses working in alcohol and drug treatment including the contribution they can make to health and social care outcomes
  • The added value nurses can bring to alcohol and drug treatment
  • The competences and skills that should be expected of nurses working in alcohol and drug treatment
  • What is required to develop and maintain these competences

Full document: The Role of Nurses in Alcohol and Drug Treatment Services:  A resource for commissioners, providers and clinicians