Patient care

Local Authorities – Health and Wellbeing Boards and Health Scrutiny Regulations

The Local Authority (Public Health, Health and Wellbeing Boards and Health Scrutiny) Regulations 2013 have now been published. The publication of these regulations provide a step forward in enabling local authorities to finalise local preparations for health and wellbeing boards and health scrutiny arrangements. You will wish to be aware that the Local Government Association […]

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Quality in the new health system – maintaining and improving quality from April 2013

The National Quality Board (NQB) has published its final report setting out how quality will be maintained and improved in the new health system. The NQB brings together the national organisations across the health system responsible for quality including the Care Quality Commission, Monitor, the NHS Trust Development Authority, NICE, the General Medial Council, the […]

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Pathology Quality Assurance Review launched

NHS Medical Director Sir Bruce Keogh has announced a review of quality assurance arrangements for NHS pathology services.  Led by National Clinical Director for Pathology, Dr Ian Barnes, the review will scrutinise NHS arrangements for the oversight and safeguards of laboratory testing.  The review will bring together experts in the field to explore how Quality […]

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Department of Health’s response to the consultation regarding local authority health scrutiny

The Department of Health’s response to the consultation on local authority health scrutiny is now available. The report provides an overview and analysis of the responses received, the Department’s comments and the action the Department intends to take to address the points raised. This response will inform the development of a new statutory instrument (regulations) […]

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A Narrative for person-centred, coordinated (‘integrated’) care

Under the Health and Social Care Act 2012, the NHS Commissioning Board (NHS CB) and clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) have a duty to ‘promote’ and ‘encourage’ integration of care.  A recurring theme, highlighted by NHS Future Forum, has been the need for a compelling narrative for integrated care so that the public and professionals share […]

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Single model for Strategic Clinical Networks will reduce variation in care

Sir Bruce Keogh, National Medical Director for the NHS Commissioning Board: “The publication of the Single Operating Framework for Strategic Clinical Networks is a positive step towards strengthening continuity of care across a wider spectrum of health conditions. The new model set to be in place by April 2013 brings together management support and clinical […]

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Maintaining and improving quality in the new health system – National Quality Board report published

The National Quality Board have published a report setting out how quality will be maintained and improved in the new health system. The NQB brings together the national organisations across the health system responsible for quality including the NHS Commissioning Board Authority, the Care Quality Commission, Monitor, the NHS Trust Development Authority, NICE, the General […]

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Monitor consults on the new NHS provider licence

Monitor has today launched a major consultation on its proposed NHS provider licence. The licence will be one of the main ways Monitor protects patients’ interests as it regulates providers of NHS funded services. The licence consultation will start on 31 July 2012 and run for 12 weeks until 23 October. Further information and the […]

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