Policy briefings and publications

Defragmenting CAMHS - commissioning the children and young people's mental health system

22 January 2019

This briefing was developed in partnership between NHS Clinical Commissioners and Research in Practice. It is aimed at those involved in the commissioning of mental health services and support for children and young people.

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Driving forward system working: a snapshot of early progress in collaborative commissioning

14 December 2018

A joint report from NHSCC and NHS Providers finds that although progress is at an early stage, the relationship between commissioners and providers is on the brink of significant change.

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Be the change: ensuring an effective response to all in psychiatric emergency equal to medical care

03 October 2018


This report sets out ten recommendations from a joint international summit on urgent and emergency behavioural healthcare, hosted by NHSCC, England and RI International, USA.

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The value of the executive commissioning nurse infographic

30 June 2018

NHSCC has launched an infographic that showcases the expertise and insight that executive commissioning nurses can bring for patients, populations and the system, which will be crucial to implementing patient centred care as the NHS moves towards integrated place-based planning.

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Supporting change in your NHS

13 June 2018

The NHSCC lay members network, working in partnership with NHS England and NHS Improvement, have produced a short infographic which outlines how the non executive community – CCG lay members and trust non-executive directors (NEDs) – can support the delivery of integrated care systems (ICSs) and sustainability and transformation partnerships (STPs).

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Learning from the vanguards: Briefing series

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. 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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NHS continuing healthcare: Effective commissioning approaches

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 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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Making strategic commissioning work: Lessons from home and away

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. 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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Checklist for professional development of CCG lay members

28 November 2017

We have produced a checklist to support CCGs with professional development of lay members.

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Supporting change in your NHS: The non-executive community in transformational change

28 November 2017

Supporting change in your NHS: The non-executive community in transformational change is a joint publication from NHSCC, NHS England and NHS Improvement. It summarises discussions held at two events held in September and October 2017 that brought together  more than 200 CCG lay members and trust non-executive directors (NEDs).

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