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21 July 2017

NHSCC and NHS England launch consultation on prescribeable items of low-priority for NHS funding

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. This follows on from our work earlier this year, where we called for national support to release up to £128m of savings from ten identified products that could be considered low priority for NHS funding.

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21 July 2017

CCG ratings show clear improvement in challenging circumstances

NHSCC 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.

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13 July 2017

New national ambulance response targets welcome

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.”

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07 July 2017

Mental health must be central to STPs

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.”

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Policy briefings and publications

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26 June 2017

Checklist for recruiting CCG lay members

We have published a checklist to support CCGs with recruiting lay members. Aimed at CCG chairs, members of the CCG governing body and lay members, the checklist provides a series of questions that can be asked to start conversations about both recruitment and succession planning.

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13 June 2017

Infographic: The shrinking value of the commissioning pound

We have published an infographic showing how rising inflation, along with a growing population, means that while on paper the funds allocated to CCGs are going up, in reality the value of the CCG pound is shrinking.

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25 May 2017

Supporting strategic commissioning: Collaborative working between CCGs and AHSNs

NHSCC and the Academic Health Science Networks (AHSNs) have published a joint report  Supporting strategic commissioning: Collaborative working between CCGs and AHSNs. This report shows how collaboration between CCGs and AHSNs can bring positive benefits to local patients and populations.

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Consultation responses and parliamentary briefings

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22 June 2017

Response to Department of Health consultation on prescribing gluten-free foods

We have responded to the Department of Health’s consultation on the availability of gluten free foods on prescription in primary care. In our response we outline why we do not believe gluten free foods should be available on prescription in primary care.

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09 January 2017

NHSCC response to Department of Health consultation on the pension administration levy.

We have  responded to the Department of Health’s consultation on the proposed introduction of a NHS pension administration levy.

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