20 September 2017
Responding to Labour Party figures relating to mental health spending Dr Phil Moore, chair of our Mental Health Commissioners Network said: “As clinical commissioners, we are frontline clinicians who know only too well the impact that poor mental health can have on people. We are working hard with partners across the system to find the best ways to join up pathways to improve our patients’ experiences and make sure that they have access to the right care at the right time. Despite the financial challenges CCGs are facing, official NHS England figures showed that the vast majority met or exceeded the Mental Health Investment Standard last year.”
19 September 2017
Responding to The Future of the mental health workforce report Dr Phil Moore, chair of the NHSCC Mental Health Commissioners Network said: “Clinical commissioners continue to work hard to make sure that the populations we serve receive high-quality mental healthcare amidst the huge pressures and competing demands on the NHS. Having the right workforce is absolutely essential to this. This new report today sets out a number of helpful recommendations, which in many cases reflect the track that our members are already on to get the best possible outcomes for their population, including investing more to support primary care colleagues and in prevention programmes in schools.”
11 September 2017
Rising demand for services, constrained funding and a multitude of workforce challenges require us to think differently about the way we deliver health and care services to meet people’s needs and expectations.
A new report out today from NHSCC, NHS Confederation, NHS Providers, and the Local Government Association, explores how digital tools are a key part of the answer to this set of challenges, and demonstrates how technology has the potential to revolutionise the way health and care is delivered.
04 September 2017
Today we have launched a new checklist to support CCGs with induction and training of lay members.
27 July 2017
Responding to the ten point action plan for General Practice Nursing published by NHS England today, Lorna Collingwood-Burke, chair of the NHSCC Nurses Forum said:
“Our members have been raising concerns about the difficulties they are facing when it comes to the recruitment and retention of this essential component of their local workforce – this plan to support GPNs plays an important step in starting to address these challenges.”
21 July 2017
Today at the NHS England board meeting, our joint consultation was published, relating to recommendations that 18 treatments, at a cost of £141 million a year, should not be routinely prescribed in primary care.
21 July 2017
Our chief executive, Julie Wood, and chair of our Mental Health Commissioners Network, Dr Phil Moore, have responded to the announcement that the ratings from the CCG Improvement and Assessment Framework for 2016/17 in relation to the overall score for organisations, as well as in respect of performance for cancer, dementia and mental health have been finalised and are available on My NHS.
13 July 2017
Responding to NHS England’s announcement on the new ambulance national response targets, Yvonne Rispin, chair of our National Ambulance Commissioners Network said: “We are pleased that the evaluation published today provides evidence to support the Ambulance Response Programme’s shift in focus from time-based targets to an emphasis on patients’ clinical need as the right way forward and welcome the new national response targets.”
07 July 2017
Responding to NHS Providers’ The state of the NHS provider sector report Dr Phil Moore, NHSCC Mental Health Commissioners Network chair said:
“We wholly agree it is crucial that money committed for mental health is spent only for this purpose and also that mental health must be central to sustainability and transformation partnerships. As clinical commissioners, we are frontline clinicians who know only too well the impact that poor mental health can have on people.”
05 July 2017
Today there have been a number of stories in the media about a rise of individual funding requests (IFRs) being made to CCGs, following on from a BMJ investigation. Our chief executive Julie Wood and co-chair Dr Graham Jackson, have highlighted how intense funding pressures mean that CCGs are having to make difficult choices.