Bulletin for CCGs: Issue 72, 20 November 2014

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Strategic issues:

Operational issues – for action:

Other news – for information:

Events and campaigns:


Strategic issues:


Getting the best from the Commissioning Support Lead Provider Framework (LPF)

An update on the LPF website sets out the next steps for CCGs to help them to get the best results from the LPF as they look to procure existing SLAs next year.

The final assessment stage for the LPF is underway and bidders’ responses have been strengthened considerably with many new partnerships forming. CCGs will be free to buy as much or as little as they want, and from multiple providers. NHS England will provide free tailored procurement and legal support to CCGs. Documents being published today set out how to access the support, the steps for a 2-3 month mini competition, and provide sample tender documentation and specifications for CCGs to adapt.

Some CCGs have already come forward who want to use the framework from February and we encourage others to do so.

For further information please contact the LPF mailbox.


NHS Planning Timetable for 2015/16

Following the publication of the NHS Five Year Forward View, NHS England expects to publish details of planning timelines for commissioners for 2015/16 early next week.  CCGs and area teams will be notified directly and the NHS England planning pages will also be updated.


Next steps towards primary care co-commissioning document published and additional regional event available

Next steps towards primary care co-commissioning was published Monday 10 November 2014. It has been developed by the joint CCG and NHS England primary care co-commissioning programme oversight group in partnership with NHS Clinical Commissioners. The purpose of the document is to give CCGs the opportunity to choose afresh the co-commissioning model they wish to adopt. It clarifies the opportunities and parameters of each co-commissioning model and the steps towards implementing arrangements. The document is accompanied by a suite of practical resources and tools to support local implementation of co-commissioning arrangements.

Regional roadshows are being held to inform and support CCGs, NHS England teams and wider stakeholders, on the development of the primary care co-commissioning agenda. Due to a high level of interest, an additional north event has been scheduled for 11 December in Manchester.

There are still available places at the London and South events, for further information and to register, please follow the relevant link:

  • 25 November 2014, South region, Eastwood Park, Bristol
  • 2 December 2014, London region, The Kia Oval, London
  • 11 December 2014, North Region, Kings House Conference Centre, Sidney Street


Operational issues – for action:


Sir Bruce Keogh, Jane Cummings and Dr Bob Winter send a message to frontline staff about Ebola

Professor Sir Bruce Keogh, National Medical Director; Jane Cummings, Chief Nursing Officer; and Dr Bob Winter, National Clinical Director for Emergency Preparedness have published an important message to frontline staff reminding them of the need to be mindful and vigilant of Ebola when patients present to NHS services.  Please cascade this message to staff in your organisation.


Community Pharmacy-helping provide better quality and resilient urgent care

CCGs should work locally to develop the role of pharmacy as an integral part of high quality and resilient urgent care systems.

The Five Year Forward View outlines the need to make far greater use of pharmacists in urgent care and the need to build the public’s understanding that pharmacies can help them deal with minor ailments. The Urgent and Emergency Care Review identified that to provide highly responsive urgent care services outside of hospital this will mean, harnessing the skills, experience and accessibility of pharmacists.  This document provides tools to support local action to achieve this. It provides a checklist for CCGs to support them to maximise the contribution pharmacy can make to delivering better quality and resilient urgent care.

For more information please contact Dr Jill Loader, Regional Pharmacist, NHS England.


Tell us your views: Outcome ambitions

All CCGs and area teams were asked jointly to plan for improvement in seven overarching outcomes as part of the strategic planning process for 2014/15.  As part of this, you were asked to set quantitative levels of ambition for five of the outcomes (where indicators were available).  Final ambitions were submitted in June 2014.

NHS England now seek your feedback on this process to inform future exercises.  We kindly request input from colleagues within all CCGs, area teams and CSUs that were involved in (or had sight of) the setting levels of ambition.  Please see the below link for further information.  This survey should take no more than 10-15 minutes to complete.


Children and Young People’s (CYP) Mental Health and Wellbeing Taskforce – call for professional views

The CYP mental health and wellbeing taskforce has been set up to consider the big challenges facing mental health provision for children and young people and to find ways to tackle the problems.

Engaging with frontline professionals is a key part of finding solutions.  There are two new opportunities for professionals to get involved:

  • regional engagement events; and
  • an engagement survey for professionals.

The taskforce is due to report on its findings in spring 2015 and your views will feed into and complement the work of the taskforce.

More information is available here.


Secondary care workforce minimum dataset collection

The Health and Social Care Act 2012 sets a new responsibility on all providers of NHS-funded services to provide workforce information.

The workforce Minimum Data Set (wMDS) needs to be collected from all NHS-funded service providers. At present, we are unable to identify a comprehensive source for contact details of service providers from outside the NHS. We are therefore asking you to complete the spreadsheet with the contact details for the service providers that you have commissioned services from during the financial year 2014-15, or will be commissioning services from in future (effective at 31st March 2015) so that HSCIC has this information for future workforce data collections.

Return the spreadsheet to HSCIC clearly stating workforce collection in the subject heading by 5 December 2014.

For more information about the wMDs collection visit the HSCIC website.


Other news – for information


The Care Quality Commission (CQC) publish intelligent monitoring (IM) data for GP practices

The IM packs give an indication of how practices measure up against three key themes – whether they are effective, responsive and caring. Each practice has been categorised into one of six bands, with band one representing the highest priority – and identifying those practices which will receive inspections first – and band six seen as a lower priority.

The information (including the bandings) is available on the CQC website in individual reports along with a data worksheet listing practices by CCG area. In due course, CQCs data, bandings and ratings will also form part of the MyNHS site on NHS Choices.

The CQC began a new regime in October and its experts will inspect and rate all general practices in England over the next two years.


Wave Two Integrated Care Pioneers application process information

Following the recent announcement from Norman Lamb, Minister for Care and Support, that there would be a further wave of up to ten Integrated Care Pioneers, details regarding the application process are being published on the NHS England website.

We invite applications from those areas which are confident their plans represent a step change over current arrangements, and are genuinely innovative and breaking new ground – following the themes outlined in the Five Year Forward View.

The letter regarding the application process will be published on the Integrated care and support webpage on 21 November 2014.


NHS England publishes action plan for end of life care

NHS England has published ‘Actions for End of Life Care: 2014-16’ which sets out what the organisation intends to do over the next two years to improve end-of-life care for adults and children. It is one component of a wider ambition to develop a vision for end of life care beyond 2015, which can only be achieved in partnership with all those in health and social care.

The 2008 Strategy reversed the upward trend of people dying in hospital. We now need to ensure that living and dying well is the focus of end of life care, wherever it occurs.


Contracts signed for GP Systems of Choice (GPSoC) Lot 2

Agreements have been signed with 30 Suppliers for a new GPSoC framework providing Additional GP IT Services (Lot 2). CCGs will be able to easily procure services complementary to those available under Lot 1, Principal and Subsidiary Clinical Systems. The Health and Social Care Information Centre will begin work with suppliers to develop entries for an online catalogue detailing their service offerings.

Following a refresh of the GPSoC webpages, CCGs can also read information about prices for Lot 1 services, details of what’s funded centrally and detailed ordering guidance.


Tackling High Blood Pressure: From Evidence into Action

High blood pressure affects more than 1 in 4 adults and is one of the biggest risk factors for premature death and disability in this country.

Public Health England, along with NHS England and a number of partners across local and national government voluntary sector and academia have come together with the ambition of improving the prevention, early detection and management of high blood pressure in England.

The new group has published an action plan setting out the evidence base and suggested action that can be taken within local communities to improve outcomes for people with hypertension.


New Congenital Heart Disease Review – translated consultation materials available

During consultation for the New Congenital Heart Disease review the team heard that it would be helpful to have materials in alternative languages.

As a result summary materials and response forms have been made available in the following languages:

  • Polish
  • Punjabi
  • Hindi
  • Gujarati
  • Urdu
  • Tamil

You will find these documents on the consultation pages. Summary materials are also available in Welsh.


Events and campaigns:


The Role of CCG Lay Members in Promoting Quality: Tuesday 9 December 2014, Manchester

Chaired by Alan Maynard (Lay Chair, Vale of York CCG) this workshop for Lay Members on CCG Governing Bodies will feature presentations from key stakeholders, providing insight on using the tools and levers available to CCG Lay Members to drive quality improvement and an opportunity to share insights and develop new approaches. The session will explore the Lay Member role in relation to quality through high quality dialogue and the opportunity to hear from a range of speakers.

To book your place please email the PPI Lay Members mailbox.


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