Resources for CCGs are part of the CCG Learning Network which provides online support, resources and information for proposed clinical commissioning groups (CCGs).
NHS England has published guidance for how new access and waiting time standards for mental health services are to be introduced in 2015/16 across services for first episode psychosis, IAPT for common mental health conditions, and liaison mental health services in acute trust settings.
The guidance builds on the joint planning guidance published in December and explains the case for change in four key areas, setting out the expectations of local commissioners for delivery, working with providers and other partners.
Improvements towards meeting the first standards will come into effect from 1 April 2015 for achievement by 1 April 2016.
To support commissioners to plan in readiness for the new IAPT waiting times standards, we have published implementation guidance which includes further operational information and frequently asked questions.
Two new resources to support commissioning effective, seamless transitional mental health services for young people have been published.
The new Model Specification for Transitions from Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) (Model Specification for Transitions from Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services) builds on previous specifications and can be adapted locally to reflect the multi-agency nature of commissioning and delivering these services.
A sample transition discharge from and transfer of care protocol (also available in MS Word) has also been developed that can be inserted into the NHS Standard contract to help improve support for young people leaving CAMHS.
Both tools are based on a range of quality standards and best practice and are non-mandatory.
The Model Specification for Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services: Targeted and Specialist levels (Tiers 2/3) is the original full version published by NHS England. A Word version of the model specification is also available for commissioners to use when developing their own specification for their local area – commissioners may amend and insert detail where appropriate. Once changes have been made, that specification should be attributed to the specific commissioner/local area, not NHS England overall.
CQC have begun to inspect and rate every GP practice in England. Practices will be rated in one of four categories; ‘outstanding’; ‘good’; ‘requires improvement’; or ‘inadequate’. A new guidance framework has been developed to ensure that there is a consistent approach for CCGs, area teams and CQC to work together before, during and after inspections and for responding to instances where practices are rated inadequate.
In such instances, area teams and CCGs should be working with practices to ensure there are clear and transparent improvement plans in place and consider appropriate interventions if services to patients are at risk. This framework describes how area teams and CCGs should:
The Directory of development support is a searchable, on-line tool for CCGs and other commissioning organisations with hundreds of offers aligned to specific development needs. Users can search by specific development needs to access a variety of real tangible help such as facilitative support, expert advice, skills transfer, networking opportunities and recommendations for improvement from across the market.
The directory will be updated by supplier organisations on an ongoing basis to reflect new and changing development needs. For queries or feedback on the directory please contact email@example.com.
Mapping the market charts some of the CSU and Independent sector commissioning support market; including some of the significant changes which are already taking place as the market for CSS evolves. There is a tangible sense of momentum and improvement. It is a useful read to understand some of the products and services available to commissioners and CCGs.
Mapping the Market Volume II charts parts of the VSO and SME sectors.
Developed in response to CCGs’ expressed needs, the Learning Environment is a fully-searchable online platform which brings together five key tools to support commissioning organisations in their development journey. The tools are:
The following tools can be accessed through a log in:
A range of Organisation Development (OD) resources are now available (below) to CCGs. This work has been led by members of an OD project group that was established last autumn under the work programme of the Commissioning Assembly CCG development working group.
Allocation of resources 2015/16
The following resources have been provided to help emerging clinical commissioning groups as they work towards becoming established. They should be read in conjunction with Towards establishment: Creating responsive and accountable clinical commissioning groups published in February 2012.
The resources, which are optional, are designed to be flexible and to be tailored for local use. CCGs may choose to use all or certain aspects of each resource or create their own.
The NHS 111 National Business Continuity Escalation Policy sets out the policy and process for the deployment of national business continuity. It outlines how and when the service should be activated and how this is governed.
To support the drive to deliver planned ambitions for IAPT access and recovery rates, 21 CCGs have been identified as areas of good practice in the delivery of IAPT services and commissioning practice. These CCGs are available to offer ad hoc peer advice and support to help the successful delivery of implementation plans in Quarter 4.
Provision of increased online IAPT service capacity, building on current provider contract arrangements, is also being investigated. WebExs are being organised to explore this and all CCGs are encouraged to take part. For details contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
See the IAPT website for more information.
The Health and Social Care Act sets out clear requirements of clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) to make arrangements for managing conflicts of interest and potential conflicts of interest, to ensure they do not affect or appear to affect the integrity of the CCG’s decision making processes.
The Managing Conflicts of Interest guidance (December 2014), replaces previous guidance published in March 2013. It strengthens the previous guidance in recognition that primary care co-commissioning is likely to increase the range and frequency of real and perceived conflicts of interest, especially for delegated arrangements. The guidance has been developed in partnership with NHS Clinical Commissioners.
NHS England has the power to direct a CCG to exercise any of its functions relating to the provision of primary medical care services. This guidance sets out the arrangements for CCGs to commission out-of-hours primary medical services for their area.
Working with CCGs and others, NHS England has developed procurement briefings for CCGs that summarise the key elements of legislation and guidance governing NHS procurement of healthcare services. These briefings also provide an overview of the different approaches that CCGs may adopt and outlines some of the key considerations when undertaking procurement.
The briefing papers cover:
CCG learning network:
The GP IT Operating Model 2014
NHS England published the GP IT Operating Model in March/April 2014, building on and updating Securing Excellence in GP IT first published in December 2012. The model and supporting materials describe the operating and financial arrangements for the delivery of world-class IT in GP practice. CCGs will be at the forefront of managing the funding, ensuring there is flexibility at practice and local level set around a core national IT offer. Find out more on the ‘Information technology in primary care’ page.