Bulletin for CCGs: Issue 61 19 June 2014

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NHS Commissioning Assembly News:

Strategic issues:

Operational issues – for action:

Other news:

Events and campaigns:

NHS Commissioning Assembly News

Come and find us at the Commissioning Show

The NHS Commissioning Assembly will be exhibiting at the Commissioning Show on 25 and 26 June at the London Excel so please come and join us on the day!

At the event we will be showcasing the NHS Commissioning Assembly website and the Learning Environment and there will be opportunities to sign up to both on the day.  Come along and find out more about our peer to peer networking community, the CCG learning exchange and the Pinboard; a fully searchable database of case studies.

Free Health and Wellbeing Board (HWB) system development support for 2014/15

A wide-range of free development is available to CCGs and their HWB partners during 2014/15. Developed in partnership with the LGA, PHE and others, the free support programmes provide personal development opportunities for CCG clinical and managerial leaders. In addition many opportunities offer shared development for CCGs with their HWB partners, to strengthen their local system leadership to deliver improved outcomes for their population.

Visit the web page for full details of the opportunities and support including helpful tools, ways to share experience and to stay informed.

Helping CCGs to develop governance arrangements that are as effective as possible

In February NHS England’s Commissioning Systems Development team commissioned the Good Governance Institute (GGI) and partners Capsticks Solicitors LLP and Cass Business School to develop thinking around a language for governance that engaged clinicians, and the outcomes of good governance itself. All CCGs were contacted about this work and 123 participated in one way or another with the first phase.

NHS England has now commissioned GGI and partners to take this thinking forward and develop a tool or tools for CCGs to self-evaluate whether they are achieving the desirable outcomes of good governance. The GGI team will be trialing several different approaches to this and are recruiting volunteer CCGs to take part in this field-testing exercise.

For further information, please consult the project website.


Strategic issues

Improving eye health and reducing sight loss – a call to action

CCGs lead on the re-design of eye care, supported by NHS England and Local Eye Health Networks. The latest ‘call to action’, which has just been launched and runs until 12 September, will  stimulate debate around this ,  including the particular needs of specific communities, including better integration across hospital and community eye health services. CCGs, as the main commissioners for eye care, will want to inform the design of a national framework for eye health and respond to the eye care consultationbefore 12 September 2014.

The ‘call to action’ has the support of patient eye health organisations.

Update on the Commissioning Support Lead Provider Framework (LPF)

There has been a strong response to the initial stage of the LPF with a range of excellent NHS and private sector organisations (and partnerships) coming forward, which has given us real confidence that, when it goes live next January, CCGs and NHS England itself will have a choice of the best and most efficient commissioning support suppliers. Names of bidders progressing to the next stage will be released early August.

In parallel, we have had an overwhelming response to the niche supplier list – over 166 providers – particularly in areas such as IT support, business intelligence and communications and patient involvement. We want to help CCGs get access to these providers quickly and easily, so we are seeking your thoughts on whether we should open up complementary lots under the LPF in these three areas. Further information is available on the NHS England website.

Please send us your thoughts by 11 July.

NHS England invites CCGs to join Area Teams in expressions of interest for 2014/15 health visiting service transformation funding

NHS England invites expressions of interest from area teams and partners to engage with health visiting service transformation in 2014/15.

We encourage CCGs to be involved to ensure that bids are holistic and focused on implementation of the universal elements of the Healthy Child Programme in context of transfer of 0-5 commissioning in October 2015 and delivering against local need.

Please liaise with your NHS England area team health visiting lead for further details.

The deadline for expressions of interest is Monday 7 July, 2014. Please refer to the Letter of Invitation for further information, or contact Denise Thiruchelvam via the health visiting mailbox.


Operational issues – for action

Operational resilience and capacity planning document

The national tripartite (NHS England, TDA, Monitor and ADASS) document ‘Operational resilience and capacity planning 2014/15’ was published on the NHS England website on 13 June. The purpose is to inform all providers and commissioners of health and social care services across England, of the operational resilience and capacity planning requirements for 2014/15.

This will be of particular interest to CCGs as the usual Chairs of System Resilience Groups, who have the responsibility for developing these plans for 14/15. Completed plans need to be submitted by 30 July – a timeline for the planning process is included within the document.

NHS 111 Commissioning Standards

NHS England has launched the Commissioning Standards for the NHS 111 service in England. The document is for CCGs, as commissioners responsible for NHS 111 and the performance of local urgent care systems, and has been jointly developed with them.  It sets out the standards and core requirements for NHS 111 services.  The intent is not to prescribe how commissioners deliver these requirements but to ensure that patients can depend upon receiving the same high quality service wherever they live or access NHS 111 services in England.

European cross border healthcare – Information for commissioners

NHS England has published revised information for commissioners on European cross border healthcare.  The document sets out the implications for NHS England, CCGs and CSUs of the European Union (EU) Directive on patients’ rights in cross-border healthcare, which became UK law on 25 October 2013.  It also provides a refresh of the roles and responsibilities of commissioning organisations in European Cross Border healthcare.

Data collection for locally agreed public health baseline transfers

Local authority public health grant allocations were published in January 2013. Since then some local authorities and CCGs have contacted us advising of possible baseline errors. Some areas have reached a resolution and have transferred the relevant sum to the receiving organisation. The Department of Health, Public Health England and NHS England have written to CCGs and agreed to collect locally agreed baseline errors between CCGs, LAs and NHS organisations. Our intention is to get to a position where transfers between partners are no longer necessary.

Please send us your completed forms by 3 July 2014.


Other news – for information

NHS England and partners develop resources to promote a whole system approach to improving the quality of life for people living with long term conditions

Long term conditions (LTCs) present a challenge spanning health and social care, accounting for around £7 in every £10 of health and social care spend. People living with LTCs have told us that their quality of life would be improved through better coordinated, person centred care.

NHS England and partners have developed resources to promote a whole system approach to improving the quality of life for people living with LTCs. The resources use the House of Care as a framework for to LTC management and include a toolkit, an information dashboard, a diagnostic tool and an improvement programme.

Ethical Procurement for GPs and CCGs – BMA/RCGP publication

The BMA, in collaboration with the Royal College of General Practitioners, has produced their “Ethical Procurement for GPs and Clinical Commissioning Groups” publication, to help CCGs & GPs explore opportunities to adopt ethical procurement policies in the commissioning of services.

Improving Dementia Diagnosis Rates: a package of support

In this letter, Alistair Burns sets out a package of tools and resources that CCGs can use to help improve dementia diagnosis rates, including an intensive offer of support that will be available to CCGs in the coming weeks.

Tool to help CCGs optimise the use of medicines

Up to 50% of medicines are not taken as intended by the prescriber.

NHS England has therefore launched a prototype dashboard for CCGs and trusts to help them support their patients in getting the most from the medicines they’re prescribed.

The dashboard, which although in its early stages of development, is designed to create local discussions about how well patients are being supported to get maximum benefit from medicines.

It is not a performance measurement tool and there are no targets but it is hoped that CCGs and trusts can review this information together and agree how to use it in their area.

The way the NHS Number is issued for newborn babies is changing

From 31 December 2014 the Personal Demographics Service (PDS) will replace the NHS Numbers for Babies service.

Commissioners of maternity and/or child health services need to ensure that their organisations take ownership of migration plans at a local level to ensure the continuation of a birth notification service following NN4B decommissioning. The latest bulletin provides guidance to maternity and child health organisations to enable self-assessment of migration plans. Some organisations will be dependent on a standalone web browser known as the Birth Notification Application (BNA) and the latest bulletin also provides more information on how to prepare for BNA deployment.

Commissioning for Quality and Innovation (CQUIN) Guidance for 2014/15 –publication of additional guidance on part 1 of the national mental health indicator

New guidance on the mental health CQUIN has been published on the NHS Standard Contract webpage.

This document provides further detailed guidance on the national data collection process for part 1 of the indicator, and provides answers to some Frequently Asked Questions regarding parts 1 and 2 of the indicator.

Providers to whom this CQUIN indicator applies must register by 11 July 2014 (details are given in the guidance document).  Providers who are not registered by this date will not be eligible to receive any CQUIN payment for this part of the indicator.  Commissioners should make their providers aware of this deadline as soon as possible.


Events and campaigns

Come and meet NHS England colleagues at next week’s Commissioning Show and take part in our interactive workshops

Are you interested in outcome based commissioning and service transformation? Do you want support in making better commissioning decisions for your CCG?

NHS England Commissioning Development Directorate (in collaboration with Rightcare, COBIC, ICHOM and London School of Economics) will deliver a number of workshops at the Commissioning Show 25 June 2014 at the Excel, London. Workshops include:

  • NHS Rightcare, Delivering high value pathways
  • Transformation – the ‘Art of Possible’
  • Alternative Means of Funding Transformation
  • Commissioning Support – Make, Share, Buy Masterclass
  • Outcome Based Commissioning in the NHS

You can also join our National Director of Commissioning Development Rosamond Roughton, and Directors of Commissioning Support Strategy & Transition Bob Ricketts and Andrew Kenworthy for sessions on key challenges and opportunities for CCGs in Year 2.

For further information please contact Hannah Comer, Commissioning Support Strategy and Market Development, NHS England or visit the event page to learn more and register your interest.

Professional Leadership Programmes – applications open

The NHS Leadership Academy are accepting applications for their Professional Leadership Programmes. These are:

  • Edward Jenner: a free online programme for everyone in healthcare, especially those who are new or returning to a role
  • Mary Seacole: a one year programme for those in their first leadership role
  • Elizabeth Garrett Anderson: a two year programme for mid-level leaders
  • Nye Bevan: a one year programme for senior leaders

The programmes are free and open to staff from all NHS organisations and will support succession planning.  Application details can be obtained by clicking on the relevant link. Closing dates vary according to geographical area and programme, further details are included in the links above.

Please contact Claire Price-Dowd for more information.

National Event: PPI Lay Members on CCG Governing Bodies

Monday 21 July, 2014, 10.30am-4pm

Coin Street Neighbourhood Centre, London

PPI Lay Members on CCG Governing Bodies are invited to attend the second national networking event. This event will build on the event in December 2013 and be a great opportunity to meet other Lay Members, share experiences and debate crucial topics.

Participants will hear from Rosamond Roughton (National Director for Commissioning Development, NHS England) and attend workshops on key issues.

To find out more and book a place, please email us or contact Ruth Beattie-07876 851885.

National Peer Review Major Trauma Network event

You are invited to the National Peer Review Major Trauma Network event which is taking place at the Hilton Birmingham Metropole, NEC on 1 & 2 July 2014.The agenda can be viewed here. For further information or if you would like to arrange a breakout meeting please contact Zara Gross on 01138249247.

To register, please visit the event page: Username:EP2438, Password: TRAUMA.

Armed Forces Day – 28 June 2014

As Armed Forces Day approaches, it is important to recognise the enduring roles our veterans and Service personnel play in society. Their commitment, on our behalf, should not be underestimated and the NHS needs continue to fulfil its Mandate commitment to all members of the Armed Forces community.

CCGs are responsible for the commissioning of a full range services for most armed forces families, and for non-mobilised reservists and veterans. These are core CCG functions and all area teams and regions will have their normal duties of CCG assurance in this regard.

CCGs need to ensure there are plans in place for meeting obligations to this potentially vulnerable group to ensure that they suffer no disadvantage, and can expect a universally high level of care. To support this expectation, a campaign is currently in development around a single message for this community of ‘tell them you’ve served’, so that veterans’ particular needs can more easily be recognised and they can be treated like any other minority population. Find out how the NHS supports the Armed Forces and commissioning of services.


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