specialised services

NHS England launches consultation on changes to specialised services specifications

NHS England has today launched a three-month public consultation on changes made to a number of its specialised services specifications. The specifications set out what is expected of providers in terms of the standards required, and define access to a service. Full details of the consultation, and how you can contribute your views, can be […]

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NHS England’s response to today’s front page story in the Independent

In response to today’s front page story in the Independent, James Palmer, Clinical Director of Specialised Services at NHS England, said: “We are determined to work constructively with patients and to take evidence-based decisions having listened with care to the views of all parties. “It is completely wrong to suggest we are being unduly influenced […]

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Compact agreement developed between industry and NHS England’s Clinical Reference Groups

A Compact Agreement has been developed by the Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry (ABPI) and NHS England to ensure effective partnership working between ABPI members and the specialised services Clinical Reference Groups. The Agreement highlights a number of commitments from both parties which will enable them to collaborate and drive the delivery of high […]

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NHS England setting up Industry Reference Group to help develop its five-year strategy for specialised services

NHS England is establishing an Industry Reference Group to help support its work in developing a five-year strategy for specialised services. It is currently seeking representative bodies (i.e. trade associations, not individual companies) from the medical technology, pharmaceutical, bioscience and diagnostic industries to join the group. To find out more, visit our specialised services engagement […]

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Help us develop the future of specialised services – Steve Sylvester

Steve Sylvester, Head of Specialised Commissioning, Bristol, North Somerset, Somerset and South Gloucestershire Area Team, issues a call to action for help in developing future strategy: Some say that providing a service in fewer hospitals reduces patient choice and competition. Others are concerned that having to travel further than their local hospital for specialised care […]

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NHS England publishes interim commissioning policies for non-specialised services

NHS England has today published 37 nationally consistent commissioning policies as part of its role as a direct commissioner for some non-specialised services. The policies, which are interim at this stage, are of particular benefit to the armed forces and health and justice populations as members of these communities, particularly serving armed forces personnel and […]

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NHS England launches major exercise to shape the future of specialised services

Patients, clinicians and other key stakeholders are being encouraged to give their views on the future of specialised health services, and how they are to be provided by the NHS over the next five years. NHS England is inviting patients, patient groups, commissioners,  clinicians and others to a special event in December as part of […]

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