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29 March 2018

New commissioning guidance on over the counter items that should not routinely be prescribed in primary care

The NHS England board have today approved new guidance to curb routine prescriptions for over the counter medicines for minor, short-term conditions, many of which will cure themselves or cause no long-term effect on health, such as those for constipation and athletes foot. The guidance published and distributed to CCGs is the result of the joint public consultation that NHSCC ran with NHS England.  It is estimated that this new guidance could release as much as £136 million each year for CCGs to reinvest in other services.

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08 March 2018

Mental Health Commissioners Network welcome CQC report on child and adolescent mental health services

Today the Care Quality Commission (CQC) published ‘Are we listening?’, an independent review of quality and access across mental health services for children and young people. Responding to the report Dr Phil Moore, Chair of the NHS Clinical Commissioners Mental Health Commissioners Network and Vice Chair of NHS Kingston CCG said:

“We welcome CQC’s new report, ‘Are we listening?’, that highlights the problems that we are already well aware of, and the complexity and fragmentation of the whole children and young people’s mental health system.”

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28 February 2018

NHSCC respond to Pulse's investigation on referral incentive schemes

“Any initiative or scheme that aims to manage referrals from primary care to secondary care must of course put patients, not finances, at the heart of decisions and should be about making sure referrals are appropriate and not just about reducing the number.”

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Policy briefings and publications

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31 January 2018

Learning from the vanguards: Briefing series

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. In order to do so, they have built relationships across historically fragmented systems, worked through complex contractual and governance arrangements, and explored innovative approaches to delivering care.

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25 January 2018

NHS continuing healthcare: Effective commissioning approaches

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 benefits 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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14 December 2017

Making strategic commissioning work: Lessons from home and away

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. Our briefing 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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Consultation responses and parliamentary briefings

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26 March 2018

Response to draft health and care workforce strategy for England to 2027

We have responded to HEE’s consultation on Facing the Facts, Shaping the Future – a draft health and care workforce strategy for England to 2027.

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02 March 2018

NHSCC response to the Transforming Children and Young People's Mental Health Provision Green Paper

We have responded to the Department of Health and Department for Education’s ‘Transforming Children and Young People’s Mental Health Provision: a Green Paper’ consultation. The paper suggests a new approach to providing high-quality mental health and wellbeing support for children and young people, linked to their school or college.

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24 August 2017

Response to NICE draft guideline on macular degeneration consultation

Read our response to the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) consultation on their draft guideline on macular degeneration.

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