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NHS Commissioning Assembly News
An annual summary of the NHS Commissioning Assembly Rapid Reference Groups (RRGs) has been published, reviewing their impact over the last 18 months.
The RRGs were established in 2013 and provide a rapid perspective on issues of national policy or guidance to NHS England. Members of the groups are clinical leads and managerial (chief officers) leads from CCGs.
The annual summary can be found on the Commissioning Assembly website.
Invitations to register for the NHS Commissioning Assembly event in London on 30 September 2014 have now been sent to CCG Clinical Leaders and Chief Officers.
As the ‘one team’ of commissioning leaders, the NHS Commissioning Assembly is uniquely placed to help address some of the real challenges the system faces. This will be the only time in the year when NHS commissioning leaders come together and the opportunity will be used to focus on how all aspects of the system can work together to identify collective solutions to the current challenges we face and look ahead to the next steps needed to take to improve care and future proof the NHS.
If you would like further information please contact us.
The Quality Working Group of the NHS Commissioning Assembly has produced a resource – “Commissioning for Quality: Views from Commissioners” – a new interactive web resource, with built-in tools and case studies, to support commissioners in commissioning high quality services, that deliver improved outcomes for patients. The materials have been developed to help CCGs ensure that quality is central to the commissioning cycle and there are robust systems in place to identify quality issues. The resource sets out five key messages which have emerged from the analysis of a number of CCG quality frameworks and strategies as well as other relevant literature to help CCGs do this.
Dr Paul Husselbee, Chief Clinical Officer with NHS Southend CCG, gives his views on the new web resource in his blog, available on the NHS Commissioning Assembly website.
NHS England has posted examples of innovative, outcomes-based commissioning and contracting initiatives via the NHS England / NHS Commissioning Assembly Learning Environment website.
We are asking any CCG who wishes to contribute to this to please do so by downloading the spreadsheet and uploading to The Pinboard under the Commissioning for Quality and Outcomes development area.
If you require help with a login for The Pinboard, please email David Peat.
On 6 August, NHS England will announce the results of the successful bidders for the pre-qualification stage of the LPF and the criteria for the final procurement stage: Invitation to Tender (ITT).
NHS England will engage with CCGs and other commissioners over the summer to find out how we can provide practical procurement and legal support to ensure you get the best response and value for money from bidders when calling off the framework early next year. Further details will be in the next CCG bulletin and on the NHS England website from 6 August.
If you have any queries regarding the framework please contact us.
CCGs will wish to review the updated BCF guidance and templates with their local Health and Wellbeing Board colleagues, and liaise with their NHS England area team for further information on the process between now and the September deadline.
Following submission of BCF plans in April, NHS England and the Local Government Association published updated planning guidance and templates on Friday 25 July. The deadline for re-submission of BCF plans will be midday on 19 September 2014.
In the coming weeks, local areas will be supported to assess, improve and assure their BCF plans ahead of the September deadline. This support will be coordinated via NHS England regional and area teams, alongside Local Government colleagues.
Further information can be found on the NHS England website.
NHS England and Monitor have set out proposals for the 2015/16 national tariff payment system, and invite comments from CCGs, providers and all those with an interest in the NHS payment system.
The deadline for comments is 12 noon on Friday 15 August.
NHS England is inviting CCGs to come forward and help shape support materials for CCGs to assess their governance arrangements. The work, that is being developed with the Good Governance Institute, will include how we describe good governance and its potential benefits.
Read Caroline Morris’ blog – Head of Primary Care and Corporate Business at NHS Isle of Wight CCG – on how her CCG approached governance. CCGs can get involved by either testing different tools, completing a brief survey on-line or contributing to discussions on LinkedIn.
Operational issues – for action
As part of NHS England’s undertakings to the Confidentiality Advisory Group (CAG), NHS England requires assurance that work CCGs have undertaken or directed using any of the Section 251 approved applications is compliant with the terms of the relevant application.
If you are using any of the Section 251 applications, an email and spreadsheet will have been sent to the relevant contact(s).
Please check that the Assurance Review spreadsheet has been received and actioned.
If the spreadsheet has not been received please email Stuart Notholt with details of your contact point.
CCGs are invited to review and provide feedback on a draft Code of Practice on Confidential Information before 18 August 2014.
The Health and Social Care Information Centre’s code of practice will apply to any organisation that collects, analyses, publishes or disseminates confidential health or adult social care information, including CCGs and GP practices.
The code will provide good practice guidance to those responsible for setting and meeting organisational policy on the handling of confidential information.
Please visit the HSCIC website for more information.
Transfer of Assuring Transformation data collection to Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC)
The Assuring Transformation data collection was put in place in January 2014 to provide assurance that the NHS commitments in the Winterbourne View Concordat are being delivered. It is currently run by NHS England and we are seeking to transfer the collection process to the HSCIC.
It is planned to transfer the Assuring Transformation data collection to the HSCIC from 1 September 2014.
Achieving this will:
- make it a live system;
- reduce the burden of collection; and
- support continued improvement of care and support for people with a learning disability
All CCGs should register with the HSCIC to use the system, details will follow. CCGs should also ensure that all their data is valid and up to date by 30 September.
Data will be extracted for the next quarterly checkpoint on 30 September.
The contingency plan is to continue the current process.
Other news – for information
The 2014 Health Profiles were published on 8 July and provide a snapshot of health and wellbeing for each local authority, highlighting issues for discussion at Health and Wellbeing Boards. The 4-page profiles are intended for elected councillors, and include indicators such as premature mortality rates, diabetes prevalence, breastfeeding rates, obesity levels, and hospital admissions due to alcohol.
Local Health, a related online resource providing summary health information for smaller areas, was also updated. This tool can provide CCG based profile reports of health indicators, as well as for electoral wards and unique user-selected geographies.
NHS England has taken the next step towards expanding the FFT to all NHS services by publishing comprehensive new guidance.
The implementation guidance contains advice and support materials, all of which have been compiled following an in-depth review of FFT which many parts of the NHS contributed to, including CCGs, GP practices, NHS Trusts and third sector.
From this December, the FFT will be available in GP practices, from January 2015 in mental health and community services and extended further on 1 April 2015, to NHS dental practices, ambulance services, patient transport, acute outpatients and day cases.
NHS Choices has a vast collection of information on health, lifestyle and services offered in different digital formats such as widgets, videos and interactive tools that greatly benefit CCGs as there is no need to procure or replicate readily available content.
With Services near you, a comprehensive directory of health and social care services can be easily incorporated into CCGs websites. Live Well brings in a wealth of public health-based topics into a website or mobile application. All data is regularly updated and automatically fed into each platform.
A number of CCGs are already taking advantage of this service. Please email us if you are interested.
CCGs are reminded that the Department of Health Consultation Protecting health and care information: a consultation on proposals to introduce new regulations closes on 8 August 2014. The consultation seeks views on proposals to introduce tighter controls and safeguards on the use of personal health and care data.
Please see the gov.uk website for further information.
NHS England along with the Department of Health and Public Health England has provided an update on the extension of the seasonal flu immunisation programme to all children aged 2-4 years old. NHS area teams, directors of public health, and local education and training boards (LETBs) will need to take the requirements for this programme into account as plans for commissioning and workforce capacity are developed for 2015/16 and beyond.
The tripartite letter provides a full update and provisional roll-out schedule from 2013/14 to 2018/19 and the pilot feedback from 2013 to 2014 provides information for healthcare practitioners about the pilot vaccination programmes for seasonal flu.
There is no action required of CCGs and this is for information only.
Monitor is researching the extent to which patients in England benefit from having a choice of NHS hearing loss services. They want to hear from commissioners about their experience of commissioning adult hearing services and whether choice and the use of any qualified provider has improved services for patients. Monitor want to find out whether current arrangements for the use of AQP in Adult Hearing Services are working well for NHS patients and offer advice to commissioners, providers and the wider system about how and when it can deliver good outcomes for patients.
Access the consultation and give your views.
Events and Campaigns
NHS England has arranged three WebEx sessions on implementing the new legal right to choice of mental health provider. Aimed at CCGs, GPs and providers, these interactive online sessions will help attendees to better understand the new legal right to choice of mental health provider and some of the considerations for their organisations. There will also be extensive opportunity to ask questions.
Further information and booking details are available on the NHS England website.
NHS England’s Chief Financial Officer Paul Baumann has written to CCGs to thank them for their work around the 2013-14 Annual Report and Accounts. Following the Audit Committee on 7 July, NHS England received an unqualified audit opinion on the annual report and accounts and is scheduled to meet the challenging target of laying accounts before Parliamentary recess.
To deliver 211 sets of CCG accounts and a high quality consolidated annual report and accounts is a fantastic achievement. It is a testament to the hard work and professionalism of CCGs, CSUs, area teams, regional teams and the central finance team.
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