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22 November 2017

NHSCC respond to the Autumn Budget 2017

Responding to the Chancellor of the Exchequer’s Budget statement NHS Clinical Commissioners chief executive Julie Wood said: “The difficult decisions that clinical commissioners and their colleagues across the system are having to make on a daily basis are already starting to become impossible choices – it must be acknowledged that level of support offered by today’s budget won’t change this.”

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10 November 2017

NHSCC event brings CCG leaders from across the country together

On 2 November 2017 we held our 5th annual national members event Making strategic commissioning work attended by CCG leaders from across the country. Keynote speakers included Secretary of State for Health Jeremy Hunt and NHS England chief executive Simon Stevens.

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01 November 2017

We cannot afford to ignore savings to the NHS from using cheaper but equally effective eye care drug

Responding to today’s story in the British Medical Journal our chief executive Julie Wood said: “As the representative organisation for CCGs we support our members in doing  all they can within the law to deliver the greatest value for the commissioning pound while getting the best outcomes for patients. Using Avastin ‘off- label’ to treat the debilitating condition of Wet AMD rather than the more expensive Lucentis or Eylea  is an opportunity for them to do just that.”

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Policy briefings and publications

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12 October 2017

Of primary importance: Commissioning mental health services in primary care

Of primary importance: Commissioning mental health services in primary care  showcases programmes that are embedding mental health in primary care and draws out advice from the commissioners and practitioners involved in their development and delivery. 

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27 September 2017

Steering towards strategic commissioning

Clinical commissioners are playing a key role as architects of the changing health and care landscape. This publication sets out CCGs’ vision for the future and what they need to get there at pace so they can deliver more for patients.

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11 September 2017

New care models: harnessing technology

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.

This report 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.

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Consultation responses and parliamentary briefings

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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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08 August 2017

Response to second CQC consultation on their next phase of regulation

We have responded to the Care Quality Commission’s (CQC’s) second consultation asking for views on how their regulatory approach should be developed to reflect the priorities set out in their five year strategy.

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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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