Bulletin for CCGs: Issue 65, 14 August 2014

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NHS Commissioning Assembly News:

Strategic issues:

Operational issues – for action:

Other news:

Events and Campaigns:

NHS Commissioning Assembly News

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Commissioning leaders can register on the NHS Commissioning Assembly website to find out all the latest news, read the latest blogs and connect to other members to discuss hot topics or share best practice.

If you are in a leading role in a CCG please visit the Commissioning Assembly website to register. Alternatively find out the latest news by following @CommAssembly on Twitter.

You can also sign up to receive the NHS Commissioning Assembly newsletter which now goes out every Friday to all our members. Email the Commissioning Assembly team for further details.

And for NHS Commissioning Assembly members don’t forget the national event on 30 September.

New Co-Chair for the NHS Commissioning Assembly

Ian Dodge, National Director: Commissioning Strategy at NHS England, has taken over as Co-Chair of the NHS Commissioning Assembly from Rosamond Roughton and will work alongside existing Co-Chair, Dr Peter Melton to progress the work of the NHS Commissioning Assembly.

The new arrangements will help to strengthen the connections between all parts of NHS England and CCG and ensure the NHS Commissioning Assembly continues to bring all commissioning leaders together to deliver improved outcomes for patients.

Read an introductory note from Ian Dodge on the NHS Commissioning Assembly website.

Strategic issues

Commissioning Support Lead Provider Framework (LPF) update

The final procurement stage for the commissioning support services framework went live on 6 August.

A strong mix of public-private partnerships, commercial organisations, and CSU partnerships have progressed to this next stage with a much higher quality threshold being set for bidders to demonstrate before they can secure a place when the framework goes live January 2015.

We want to ensure the framework is easy to use. Please take five minutes to complete our survey and tell us what practical legal and procurement support you need to run mini competitions to get the best and most cost effective response from suppliers.

Please see the letter to CCGs from Ian Dodge (National Director, Commissioning Strategy) providing an update on the outcome of the LPF PQQ phase.

Further information on the LPF is available on the NHS England website.

Requirement for CCG data strategies on hold pending the publication of a national data strategy

Several months ago NHS England committed to producing guidance to help CCGs develop their data strategies with the expectation that these would be produced by September. This requirement is being paused whilst a national strategy for the National Information Board is developed. In parallel NHS England is developing its 5 year forward view for the NHS and both these documents will contain a chapter on data. Therefore, it seems prudent to wait until these documents are published before revisiting the need for commissioners to develop their local data strategies. Further information will be provided at that time.

Operational issues – for action

‘Freedom to speak up’ review

The Secretary of State has written to all NHS organisations to highlight an independent review of arrangements to support whistleblowing in the NHS.

The independent review will be led by Sir Robert Francis QC. Further information about the review is available on the Freedom to speak up website.

Sir Robert has invited NHS workers, employers and other organisations to share their experiences of raising concerns in the NHS. The closing date for submitting contributions is Wednesday 10 September.

Care Quality Commission’s (CQC) proposals for a ‘special measures’ framework for GPs

Working with NHS England, CQC are proposing to introduce a ‘special measures’ framework for GPs from October 2014. Within this, CQC and NHS England area teams will work together to ensure a timely and coordinated response to GP practices that are providing inadequate care. This will ensure that practices are not allowed to continue to provide inadequate care to patients indefinitely.

Over the next few months, CQC will be working closely with GP practices and organisations that represent them, as well as people who use services, to develop this approach.

The framework will coincide with CQC starting to rate 8,000 NHS GP practices on the basis of whether they are outstanding; good; requires improvement or inadequate.   Initially this will be a shadow ‘special measures’ regime where CQC will be testing its approach, working closely with NHS England.

Please see the ‘special measures’ Question and Answer sheet from NHS England.

Monitoring Arrangements for Out of Hours (OOH) Primary Medical Services where Practices have not ‘Opted Out’

NHS England has issued a clarification to CCG’s which confirms that, as part of their delegated responsibilities for commissioning of out of hours services, CCGs are responsible for monitoring the quality of all OOH services, including those provided by GP practices that have retained contractual responsibility for OOH services under their GP contract. Area teams will be discussing overall arrangements for assurance of OOH services as part of upcoming CCG assurance meetings.

For any further information please contact Matthew Boycott.

Medicines Optimisation: Have your say

Building on the principles of medicines optimisation, and developed in collaboration with CCGs, trusts and the pharmaceutical industry, NHS England launched the medicines optimisation dashboard on 12 June.

This prototype dashboard brings together a range of medicines-related data in a way never done before. NHS England hopes that it will help CCGs and Trusts explore how well their local populations are supported to optimise medicines use.

NHS England would like to explore how the dashboard is being used locally and use this evaluation to shape future versions of the dashboard. Please complete this short survey to have your say.

Making health and social care information accessible – consultation

NHS England is launching a consultation on the draft Accessible Information Standard and is inviting health and social care organisations and professionals to share their views, as well as patients, carers and service users.

Once approved, the standard is expected to be implemented by CCGs and GP practices, amongst others.

The consultation document and an online survey for the consultation can be found on the NHS England website. The consultation closes 9November 2014.

Framework for managing performer concerns and standard operating procedures (SOPS)

The new framework for managing performer concerns and associated standard operating procedures (SOPS) are now on the NHS England website.

The application forms have also been updated and the new style forms will be mandatory from 1 September 2014 – please note that any applications received on the old forms will be acceptable for the month of August only.  Training events will be provided to support the full implementation of the framework and the timeframe for full adoption of this framework will therefore be 1 April 2015.

For further information please contact Dr David Geddes, Head of Primary Care

Information Governance Bulletin – Issue 16

The 16th edition of the Information Governance Bulletin is now available.

In this edition, we announce the launch of the Information Governance Alliance (IGA) and include an update on National Health Applications and Infrastructure Services (NHAIS).

Important information – Spine 2 core services transition

The planned upgrade to the NHS Spine has been rescheduled and will now take place on the weekend of Friday 22 – Monday 25 August.

CCGs can support a successful transition by helping to make local organisations and services aware of the transition. For further information and the latest updates on the Spine 2 core services transition, you can visit the Spine 2 web pages.

Other news – for information

National Service Specification to support CAMHS commissioners

A working group from  the  Children and Young People’s Improving Access to Psychological Therapies  National Programme (CYP IAPT), are developing a national service specification for Tier 2 and 3 Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS).

The sample specification will aim to provide guidance for commissioners (both NHS and Local Authority) to develop a local service specification which will meet the needs of children and young people with emotional, behavioural and psychological needs.

Any CCGs interested in testing the specification or in being part of a consultation process please contact Michelle Place.

Sentinel Stroke National Audit Programme (SSNAP): Audit of CCG commissioned post-acute stroke services

SSNAP collects data on 95% of admitted stroke patients. As the single source of stroke data including outcomes, CCGs receive bespoke patient aggregated Outcomes Indicator Set (IOS) indicators quarterly. This year SSNAP plans to collect data from CCGs on commissioned community services through the completion of a web-based questionnaire.

The team is seeking volunteers for the pilot to ensure information can be collected accurately before going live. These data will provide a unique insight into the gaps in commissioning of key elements of the services for stroke patients to be viewed alongside the clinical indicators and pathway descriptions.

See an example CCG Dashboard.

To register for the audit, pilot the proforma and/or receive a copy of your latest bespoke CCG dashboard please contact us.

Commissioning support for stroke is available on the Royal College of Physicians website.

Child Protection – Information Sharing (CP-IS) project

The Child Protection – Information Sharing (CP-IS) project is an NHS England initiative designed to support health care professionals to make improved assessments when encountering possible child protection situations.

The project will provide health professionals with prompt and easy access to key social care information through linking the IT systems of NHS unscheduled care to those used by social care child protection teams.

The CP-IS project is due to go live in September. When rolled out it will assist in the delivery of CCGs safeguarding responsibilities for commissioned services, especially those concerned with unscheduled care.

CCGs play a pivotal part in the successful implementation of the CP-IS project. Please ensure your commissioners and safeguarding leads are aware of CP-IS and are incorporating the requirement of the project to be included in future provider contracts.

Further information is available in this letter to CCGs.

Joint Health and Social Care Learning Disability Self-Assessment Framework

CCGs should be aware that the results of the 2013/2014 Joint Health and Social Care Self-Assessment have been published on the Public Health England website.

The details of the 2014/2105 self-assessment are currently being developed by the Winterbourne View Programme Information and Data Working Group. Local Authorities should complete the self-assessment with local partners, including CCGs. Local discussions should occur between CCGs, area teams, Learning Disability Partnership Boards and regional ADASS to agree an approach to undertaking and quality assuring the Self-Assessment.

Public Health England’s (PHE) annual report on hepatitis in the UK published to mark World Hepatitis Day

PHE’s 2014 Hepatitis C in the UK report was published on World Hepatitis Day (28 July). The report summarises national progress tackling the infection, and shows the scale of the challenge ahead – hospital admissions and deaths from hepatitis C-related end stage liver disease, and first registrations for liver transplants with post-hepatitis C cirrhosis continue to rise. Public health recommendations are included to focus local action to prevent, raise awareness, test for and treat more people with hepatitis C infection.

CCGs have a key role in commissioning pathways for treatment and care that are accessible to individuals diagnosed by GPs.

For further information please contact the editor of the report, Dr Helen Harris.

Events and Campaigns

Safeguarding Leadership Programme

Edge Hill University in Lancashire has been chosen to provide an executive safeguarding leadership programme for senior health leaders in CCGs.  CCGs will be contacted to identify specific requirements, delegates, dates and venues.

For further information please see the letter sent from Hilary Garratt, Director of Nursing – Commissioning and Health Improvement, NHS England.

International Leadership Programme initiative

Health Education East of England (HEEoE) is working in partnership with the University of Pavia to deliver a Leadership programme focusing on Performance in Health.

The programme is targeted at senior leaders within CCGs, GPs and Finance Directors and will take place in Italy from 15-19 September.

The programme will provide delegates with a comparative view on quality improvements between the NHS and Healthcare system in Italy. Guest speakers include:

  • Ian Cumming, CEO Health Education England
  • Mike Bewick, Deputy Medical Director, NHS England
  • Dr Nick Harding, Chair, Sandwell & West Birmingham CCG
  • Giovanni Belloni, Chair of the Board of Physicians for the Province of Pavia

For further information, please visit the HEEoE website or contact Lucy Dennis.

Research Engagement Award – could your Patient Participation Group (PPG) win £400?

The NIHR Clinical Research Network in partnership with the National Association for Patient Participation is sponsoring the new Research Engagement Award. The award is for PPGs in recognition of the great work they do in promoting research in primary care settings.

CCGs have a responsibility to promote research and PPGs (in CCGs and in General Practices) around the country are making a fantastic contribution towards this. If you are aware of any PPG which is active in this area, please let them know about this award.

The closing date for applications is 12 September 2014

Further information and application details are available on the National Clinical Research Network website.

Register your European Antibiotic Awareness Day 2014 activities

European Antibiotic Awareness Day (EEAD) takes place on 18 November 2014 to further highlight antimicrobial resistance (AMR) as a major public health issue and threat to the future of healthcare. The main objective for EAAD 2014 is for 10,000 healthcare professionals and members of the public to make at least one pledge for the prudent use of antimicrobials.

To help promote this year’s EEAD, CCGs are being asked to register planned events and activities to mark the day via an online registration form by 21 August.  

Read the joint letter from Public Health England, Department of Health and NHS England.

Be Clear on Cancer – National Blood in Pee campaign – dates confirmed

The Be Clear on Cancer “Blood in Pee” campaign will run from 13 October to 23 November 2014. Advertising will appear on TV, radio and in relevant places such as branded pharmacy bags. Leaflets and posters will be available to order via the Health and Social Care Publications Orderline (phone: 0300 123 1002). 

CCGs, GPs and practice teams are advised to prepare by checking the briefing sheets which will be available on the NAEDI website. More information on this and other Be Clear on Cancer campaigns will be available in a few weeks.

You can view the previous announcement letter here.

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