Specialised commissioning

As NHS approaches 70 it is time to unleash the potential of innovation to transform patient care, says Simon Stevens

The head of NHS England, Simon Stevens, will today (Tuesday 12 September) set out an ambitious vision for the National Health Service as it approaches its landmark 70th anniversary – calling on health and care leaders to unleash the game changing potential of innovation for both patients and taxpayers. Speaking at Expo conference in Manchester, […]

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NHS patients with rare bone disease to benefit from potentially life-transforming drug due to “first of a kind” agreement between NHS England and the manufacturer

Children and adults with a rare inherited bone disease will be able to access a potentially life-enhancing drug, thanks to an innovative deal between NHS England, NICE and manufacturer Alexion. Hypophosphatasia (HPP) is a rare inherited bone condition that can appear any time from before birth to adulthood. In babies it is often fatal, and […]

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Patients with rare conditions to benefit from new treatments

NHS England has today confirmed that three new specialised treatments will be made available for patients in England. It is estimated that up to 145 people a year will meet the clinical criteria to benefit from the following treatment options being made routinely available to their clinicians with funding from NHS England: Second allogeneic haematopoietic […]

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NHS England announces major extension of national HIV prevention programme with Public Health England and funding for ten new specialised treatments

NHS England will fund a major extension to the national HIV prevention programme led by Public Health England with the aim of supporting those most at risk and reducing the incidence of HIV infection. It has also decided to routinely commission ten new specialised treatments as part of the annual prioritisation process for specialised treatments. […]

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Update on PrEP

We welcome this judgment by the Court of Appeal which sets out three important rulings. First, it establishes that NHS England has the ability but not the obligation to fund PReP. Second, it means that should we decide to do so, we would not be subject to legal challenge on these grounds from rival ‘candidates’ […]

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New specialised commissioning consultation launched – new event details

On 13 October 2016, NHS England launched a consultation on four related policies that describe how NHS England will make decisions on funding for treatments that are not currently routinely commissioned. The four policies are: in-year service developments, individual funding requests, funding experimental and unproven treatments, and continuing funding after clinical trials. The public consultation […]

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National reviews into children’s specialised services accelerated

NHS England today announced more details of the accelerated national reviews into paediatric critical care and specialised surgery for children. The reviews, which are part of NHS England’s regular round of specialised commissioning service reviews, would normally take up to two years to complete, but have been fast tracked to run in parallel with other […]

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