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.