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Mental Health Commissioners Network sign Prevention Concordat for Better Mental Health

13 March 2019

We are pleased to announce that through the Mental Health Commissioners Network we have signed up to the Prevention Concordat for Better Mental Health from Public Health England.

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New NHS access standards have "potential to improve care for patients"

11 March 2019

The Clinically-led Review of NHS Access Standards, led by Prof. Stephen Powis, has been published today by NHS England. The review sets out recommendations for new and additional clinical targets including for A&E, urgent and emergency mental health care, cancer diagnosis and treatment, and elective procedures.

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PAC report highlights support that CCGs will need to deliver the Long Term Plan

08 March 2019

A report from the House of Commons Public Accounts Committee presents a range of recommendations which highlight what is needed for clinical commissioners to successfully deliver the NHS Long Term Plan.

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Proposals to change legislation have potential to smooth integration across the NHS, but mustn’t distract from current progress

28 February 2019

Today, NHS England and NHS Improvement launched engagement on proposals to change legislation relating to the NHS.

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Delivering effective governance and accountability for integrated health and care

04 February 2019

A new explainer for the NHS and local authorities outlines possible solutions for the governance and accountability challenges brought by the move to integrated health and care.

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NHSCC welcomes announcement on Primary Care Networks

31 January 2019

Responding to announcements on primary care networks, Dr Graham Jackson, co-chair of NHS Clinical Commissioners, said: “As a GP and a clinical commissioner, I am really pleased to see a cogent and substantial boost for PCNs and the potential they have to support resilience in primary care. It makes absolute sense to share and provide services over a larger footprint than just a single practice, this will lead to a better range of services delivering care closer to home.”

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NHS Clinical Commissioners respond to NAO report on NHS financial sustainability

18 January 2019

Responding to the NAO report on financial sustainability in the NHS, Julie Wood, chief executive of NHS Clinical Commissioners, said:

“We recognise the overall findings from the NAO that the NHS’s current financial situation is unsustainable. Even though CCGs delivered an unprecedented level of efficiency savings in 2017/18 – 3.1% of their allocations, equating to over £2bn – due to systemic pressures they are increasingly financially challenged.”

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Increased funding is welcome, but there are considerable challenges ahead for CCGs

11 January 2019

Responding to the NHS Operational Planning and Contracting Guidance and CCG allocations for 2019/20 to 2023/24, Dr Graham Jackson, co-chair of NHS Clinical Commissioners and Clinical Lead of Buckinghamshire ICS, said: “The Long Term Plan for the NHS has set out the importance of primary, community and mental health services so it is reassuring to see the focus on these in the planning guidance, as well as an emphasis on system working. Payment processes are an important enabler for increased collaborative working so our members will be pleased to see this included.”

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NHS Long Term Plan sets right direction, but support is essential to fulfil ambitious plan

07 January 2019

Today NHS England has published its Long Term Plan for the NHS, which provides a blueprint for healthcare in England over the next ten years.

Commenting on the Long Term Plan, Dr Graham Jackson, co-chair of NHS Clinical Commissioners and Clinical Lead of Buckinghamshire ICS, said:

“Today’s NHS Long Term Plan rightly focuses on developing an integrated NHS that is sustainable and works efficiently and effectively for patients, with prevention and self-care at the core. This is something that CCGs have been working towards, with colleagues, for some time now and are ambitious to achieve as it is the right thing for our populations.”

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