NHS England has announced it will launch a consultation on the contracting arrangements for Accountable Care Organisations. The consultation will set out how the contract fits within the NHS as a whole, address how the existing statutory duties of NHS commissioners and providers would be performed under it, and will set out how public accountability and patient choice would be preserved.
This document outlines key learning points from CCGs that have achieved significant efficiency savings and improvements for patients in the provision of NHS continuing healthcare services in their local area | NHS Clinical Commissioners
Tackling loneliness and social isolation: the role of commissioners | The Social Care Institute for Excellence
This briefing draws on discussion from a seminar held in September 2017 to explore the opportunities and barriers faced by commissioners seeking to address social isolation in older people. It also looks at previous research and evaluations in this field.
identifies the evidence that points the way to a better understanding of effective interventions
provides examples of practice emerging in different parts of the country
examines what needs to happen next in order to create a more conducive
NHS England is launching a public consultation on reducing prescribing of over-the-counter medicines for 33 minor, short-term health concerns.
These prescriptions include items for a condition:
That is considered to be self-limiting and so does not need treatment as it will heal of its own accord;
Which lends itself to self-care, i.e. that the person suffering does not normally need to seek medical care but may decide to seek help with symptom relief from a local pharmacy and use an over the counter medicine.
Vitamins/minerals and probiotics have also been included in the consultation proposals as items of low clinical effectiveness which are of high cost to the NHS.
NHS England has partnered with NHS Clinical Commissioners to carry out the consultation after CCGs asked for a nationally co-ordinated approach to the development of commissioning guidance in this area to ensure consistency and address unwarranted variation. The intention is to produce a consistent, national framework for CCGs to use. The consultation closes on the 14 March 2018.
NHS England has announced the results of the first of two prioritisation rounds to decide which new specialised commissioning treatments and services will be made available for patients for the 2018/19 financial year. Funding for the new treatments and services will begin from April and will benefit an estimated 3000 patients in the first year and thousands more annually after that.