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Bulletin for CCGs: Issue 60, 5 June 2014

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Contents

NHS Commissioning Assembly News:

CCG representatives for Specialised Commissioning Task & Finish Group
Invitation to join the NHS Commissioning Assembly event design group
NHS Commissioning Assembly Steering Group

Strategic issues:

Resubmission of Operational Plans
care.data programme – update
CCG equality and diversity survey
CCGs – Are you using your Patient Reported Outcome Measurement (PROM) data?
NHS Standard Contract – publication of supporting document
Assuring Transformation – 30 June 2014 collection deadline

Operational issues – for action:

Choice in mental health care guidance published
CCG involvement in Health and Wellbeing Boards
Webinar: Changes to baseline data for levels of ambition in planning guidance – in patient and emergency admission indicators

Other news:

Consultation on three new modules to support the Sustainable Development Strategy – CCG input requested
Referral to treatment waiting time performance

Events and campaigns:

The 6Cs are for everyone- 4 July 2014
NHS England Open Source Programme

 

NHS Commissioning Assembly news:

CCG representatives for Specialised Commissioning Task & Finish Group

The NHS Commissioning Assembly Steering Group has heard from members about the importance of working together to improve the ways in which specialised services are commissioned. Dr Nick Harding, Chair of Sandwell and West Birmingham CCG, will co-chair a Task and Finish Group of the Assembly, together with Dr Paul Watson (Regional Director, Midlands and East). Particular focus will be given to financial control in 2014/15 and planning for 2015/16.

For more information or to express your interest, please email the NHS Commissioning Assembly mailbox.

Updates and further information will be available on the NHS Commissioning Assembly webpage.

Invitation to join the NHS Commissioning Assembly event design group

The NHS Commissioning Assembly event on 30 September 2014 will provide an opportunity for commissioning leaders to shape and influence some of the key priority issues for the NHS commissioning system.

We want to ensure that the event is fit for purpose and reflects the needs of NHS Commissioning Assembly members. We are inviting clinical and managerial leaders from CCGs to get involved in a virtual design group to help develop the programme and design of the day. Please contact us if you would like to get involved.  We are also seeking views via a short survey which is available here.

NHS Commissioning Assembly Steering Group

The quarterly NHS Commissioning Assembly Steering Group (ASG) meeting was held on 20 May 2014.

Key points for discussion included the priority issues for the NHS Commissioning Assembly in 2014/15 and the operating model for NHS Commissioning Assembly Working Groups, the roles of the NHS Commissioning Assembly and NHS Clinical Commissioners in supporting the commissioning system and the design of this year’s NHS Commissioning Assembly event.

Further information, including notes of the ASG meeting and a diagram clarifying the roles of the NHS Commissioning Assembly and NHS Clinical Commissioners is available on the NHS Commissioning Assembly website.

 

Strategic issues:

Choice in mental health care guidance published

NHS England has published guidance for commissioners, GPs and providers to help them support patients to choose their mental health care.

From 1 April 2014 patients with mental health conditions have had the same rights as physical health patients to choose where they have their first outpatient appointment.

They are able to choose any clinically appropriate provider in England as long as a CCG or NHS England has a contract with them.

CCG involvement in Health and Wellbeing Boards

· Health and Wellbeing Peer Challenge Programme – expressions of interest

The Local Government Association is inviting expressions of interest for the 14/15 challenge programme by 18 June.  A peer challenge will help Health and Wellbeing Boards (HWBs) to reflect on how they are shaping up and identify areas of development to move to real delivery.

CCGs may wish to discuss inviting a challenge with their HWB partners.   For further information please see the peer challenge web page or contact Welna Bowden or Samantha Illingworth.

·  Recruiting Peer Assessors with a knowledge of safeguarding

In addition, the Local Government Association is looking for health peers from CCGs to be involved in our programme of adult safeguarding peer challenges. Peer challenge is where a team of people spend time onsite at a council providing ‘critical friend’ challenge to help them improve.

For more information contact Marcus Coulson.

·  Health and Wellbeing Board Leadership Essentials- fully-subsidised residential for chairs and vice-chairs

Dates in June and October offer an opportunity for chairs and vice-chairs to come together to have space to think and reflect, share experiences, network and actively learn from each other through the tried and tested Local Government Association focused two-day residential Leadership Academy model.

To book a place, please contact Grace Collins.

Webinar: Changes to baseline data for levels of ambition in planning guidance – in patient and emergency admission indicators

A webinar will take place on Monday 9 June 2014, 10am – 11:30am for CCGs and area teams to discuss the changes to baseline data for levels of ambition in planning guidance in relation to in-patient and emergency admission indicators.

This is in light of changes to the data available for benchmarking. There are two indicators which will have updated or revised data available and these are for emergency admissions and in-patient experience.

The new/revised data was uploaded to the Atlas on 29 May 2014.

Please see the webinar page for more information.

 

Operational issues – for action:

Resubmission of Operational Plans

Operational plans for 2014/15 and 2015/16 will re-open to enable these to better reflect changes as a result of assurance conversations and changes being made to financial and Better Care Fund (BCF) plans.

The deadline for re-submission of finance plans, outcome ambitions, NHS Constitution, quality premium and other related measures is 20 June 2014.

The deadline for the activity measures and Better Care Fund is 27 June 2014.

care.data programme – update

NHS England is listening to the views of patients, the public, GPs and stakeholders on how best to build trust and confidence in the care.data programme.

Locally, stakeholders, including CCGs, GPs, patients and public, health and care representatives, are taking part in debates and workshops to air their views and help ensure that, together, we get the approach absolutely right.

In addition, a phased roll out for the care.data programme with a number of pathfinder GP practices in the autumn has been announced. Dame Fiona Caldicott has agreed to advise on the implementation of the care.data programme, and to evaluate the first phase of care.data implementation.

Visit the care.data page for more information or email us your queries and comments.

CCG equality and diversity survey

The survey of equality and diversity of CCG workforces has been cascaded via regional and area teams to CCGs. The official closing date of the survey was 2 June 2014, but we will take responses up until 13 June 2014.

Please contact england.ccgcollection@nhs.net with any queries and thank you to all those who have already completed the survey.

CCGs – Are you using your Patient Reported Outcome Measurement (PROM) data?

Collected since 2009, PROMs compare health related quality of life before and after hip replacement, knee replacement, groin hernia and varicose vein treatment. They are part of the Commissioning for Value Tool, recently issued by NHS England. Do you know when they get published? Where to find them? How to interrogate them? Do you discuss them with your local providers?

The Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) have produced videos to help you understand your PROMs data and their PROMs publications.

If you have any questions please email us or contact Jo Partington.

NHS Standard Contract – publication of supporting documents

The following documents have recently been published on the NHS Standard Contract webpage:

  • Change in Control Notification
  • Contract Management Forms

If you have any queries, please don’t hesitate to contact the NHS Standard Contract Team

Assuring Transformation – 30 June 2014 collection deadline

Thank you for your continued support with this important data collection.

The deadline for the return of the 30 June 2014 collection is 5pm 14 July. Please return to england.wvdata@nhs.net

 

Other news – for information:

Consultation on three new modules to support the Sustainable Development Strategy – CCG input requested

To support the delivery of the Sustainable Development Strategy for the NHS, public health and social care system 2014-2020 a number of modules were developed that focus on key areas of sustainability, exploring different angles to help strengthen action within locally determined priorities.

Three new modules are currently open to consultation. The modules are:

1. An integrated metrics approach

2. Innovation, technology and research and development

3. Building social value

Specific input on the role, impacts and opportunities for CCGs in the three areas of focus is sought.  The consultation closes on 31 August 2014.

Referral to treatment waiting time performance

In light of the recent downward trend in referral to treatment waiting time performance, Monitor, the NHS TDA and NHS England have agreed that collaborative action is required to support the system in turning performance around. TDA already collect weekly information, drawn from their patient tracker lists (PTLs) – Referral to treatment letter begin to do the same, to give a more detailed picture of waiting time trends, and give assurance that waiting lists are being managed effectively.

The availability of this information will enhance the ability of CCGs and area teams to work with providers to identify capacity and demand mismatches and jointly develop solutions to address these issues sustainably.

 

Events and campaigns:

The 6Cs are for everyone- 4 July 2014

On Friday 4 July 2014, NHS England is holding a free event for senior NHS and social care leaders, clinical and non-clinical, in conjunction with the Clinical Leaders Network, to share learning about embedding the values and behaviours of the 6Cs to improve patient and staff experience.

The 6Cs are Care, Compassion, Competence, Communication, Courage and Commitment. They were launched in December 2012 as part of Compassion in Practice, the Chief Nursing Officer’s Vision and Strategy for Nurses, Midwives and Care Staff and are already being adopted by other health care disciplines.

Hilary Garratt, NHS England Director of Nursing: Health Improvement and Commissioning, will be chairing a session on ‘Commissioning for Compassion’.

Please see the event page to register or for more information.

NHS England Open Source Programme

The Open Source Programme is about increasing the range of digital solutions available for the care community. The Open Source model stimulates wider participation in improving and innovating clinically led IT solutions, leading to improved patient outcomes.

We are hosting an Open Source Open Day 11 June 2014, London which can help CCGs understand the benefits of a model where the software is free to download, whilst retaining the professional implementation and ongoing support associated with proprietary solutions. If you are interested in finding out about or becoming a representative of CCGs on the Open Source Programme Board, please contact us.

Follow our tweets for more details @NHSOpenSource or join the Community of Practice.

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