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Mental Health Commissioners Network welcomes clear steer from NHS England on how money intended for mental health will be monitored and validated

08 February 2018

The New NHS England planning guidance ‘Refreshing NHS Plans 18/19’ outlines new deliverables for mental health.  It states that every CCG must meet the Mental Health Investment Standard from 2018/19, and this investment will have to be validated by CCG’s auditors. This funding should be used to continue to deliver the Five Year Forward View for Mental Health, and Future in Mind.

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NHS planning guidance set welcome intention to continue to integrate, but still some tough times ahead to deliver transformation

02 February 2018

Responding to the release of the Refreshing NHS Plans 18/19 NHSCC co-chair Dr Graham Jackson said:

“We all know that this year is going to be incredibly challenging for everyone involved in planning and delivering health and care so it is good to see Refreshing NHS Plans 18/19 maintain the direction of travel towards an integrated system based around a place, as well as adding some much needed money into CCG allocations and the wider system. Our members are clear that integration is the right approach for our patients and for the sustainability of the NHS.”

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NHSCC statement on the result of the Department of Health and Social Care consultation on the availability of gluten-free foods on NHS prescription

01 February 2018

Responding to the publication of the formal government response to the consultation on “Availability of gluten-free foods on NHS prescription”, which concluded that only gluten-free bread and mixes would be available on NHS prescription, NHS Clinical Commissioners Chief Executive Julie Wood said:

“In a time when NHS resources are stretched to their limit, we believe that this is a missed opportunity to release the whole of the £22m that is currently spent on gluten free products that could be spent on frontline NHS services. While our members would have preferred the Department to go have gone further and removed the availability of all gluten free products on prescription, we welcome the decision that does limit a significant proportion of the current spend.”

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Learning from the vanguards: New publications launched

31 January 2018

As the national new care models programme comes to an end, it is time to consider its legacy and ensure the lessons learned are shared with the rest of the health and care system. As part of the programme 50 vanguard sites across the country have made great strides in transforming health and care services in line with the ambitions set out in the Five year forward view.

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Effective commissioning approaches to delivering NHS Continuing Healthcare in new NHSCC publication

25 January 2018

NHSCC have launched a new publication which suggests ways in which the provision of NHS Continuing Healthcare (CHC) in local areas can be improved for the benefit of patients and commissioners and shares some of the approaches that have been developed by local CCGs which have proved to be effective in delivering their CHC commitments.

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New NICE guidance supports potential cost savings

23 January 2018

NHS Clinical Commissioners (NHSCC) and The Royal College of Ophthalmologists (RCOphth) welcome the publication today of guidance from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) which, we believe, can help to secure better value from the significant funds currently being spent on treating wet age related macular degeneration (AMD).

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NHSCC responds to NAO report on sustainability and transformation in the NHS

19 January 2018

“We welcome the overall findings of the National Audit Office report on Sustainability and Transformation in the NHS, which shows how CCGs are having to be increasingly reliant on short term measures to deliver savings, as opposed to re-designing care to release savings in the long term. This finding certainly echoes our fears that the situation poses a significant risk to the financial sustainability of the NHS in the future.”

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NHSCC responds to BMJ investigation into potential conflicts of interest

04 January 2018

“Managing conflicts of interest in the NHS is not new. CCGs must have strong governance plans in place to maintain confidence in the probity of their own commissioning and how they are spending the NHS pound. NHS England have set out some very clear guidelines on managing conflicts of interest and as statutory bodies, CCGs have a clear responsibility to work within those guidelines.

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NHSCC and NHS England launch consultation on commissioning guidance for over the counter items that should not routinely be prescribed in primary care

20 December 2017

Today sees the launch of the next stage of our work with NHS England to identify areas of current NHS spend that could be better utilised for higher priority areas, such as primary care and mental health.  Following on from the commissioning guidance that was produced on items which should not routinely be prescribed in primary care a joint consultation on commissioning guidance for conditions for which over the counter items should not routinely be prescribed in primary care is now open.

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Lessons from ‘home and away’ on transitioning to strategic commissioning in new NHSCC publication

14 December 2017

With the move towards accountable care, clinical commissioners are starting to take on a more strategic role as they plan and purchase health care for patients – a transition which comes with opportunities but is not without challenge. We have today launched a new document which aims to support the evolution of a more strategic commissioning function, bringing out lessons based on evidence from the UK and health systems abroad.

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