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Developing Clinical Senates: The Way Forward

Today the NHS Commissioning Board has published the Way Forward: Clinical Senates. Clinical Senates will be established across the country from April 2013 to play a unique role in the commissioning system by providing strategic clinical advice and leadership across a broad geographical area to clinical commissioning groups (CCGs), health and wellbeing boards (HWB) and […]

Direct Commissioning: planning guidance document published

The NHS Commissioning Board (NHS CB) has today published a document which supports the planning for Direct Commissioning responsibilities for 2013/14. Supporting planning for 2013/14 for Direct Commissioning follows the publication of Everyone Counts: Planning for Patients 2013/14 which outlined the incentives and levers that will be used to improve services from April 2013 – […]

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 […]

67 new clinical commissioning groups given green light to take control of NHS budgets

NHS Commissioning Board authorises second wave of clinical commissioning groups, taking total to 101, serving more than 28 million people Local clinicians have now been given the green light to take control of the NHS budget in almost half of England’s local health communities, the new independent NHS Commissioning Board announced today. The NHS Commissioning […]

Sir Bruce Keogh to lead review of urgent and emergency services in England

The NHS Commissioning Board today announces that it is to review the model of urgent and emergency services in England. The review, led by Medical Director Sir Bruce Keogh, will set out proposals for the best way of organising care to meet the needs of patients. The review team will work with clinical commissioning groups […]

New Arrangements for Commissioning Support Services in South Yorkshire

Ming Tang has been appointed as Director for Data and Information Management Systems at the NHS Commissioning Board and will be leaving her role as Managing Director of South Yorkshire and Bassetlaw Commissioning Support Unit (CSU) later this month. Alison Hughes, Managing Director of West Yorkshire CSU, will now also take responsibility for South Yorkshire […]

New specialised commissioning draft service specifications and a clinical policy added to the consultation

The NHS Commissioning Board (NHS CB) has added seven new draft service specifications and a further clinical policy for specialised commissioning to its consultation. The consultation period for these new additions will run from 11 January to 22 February 2013. The service specifications and clinical commissioning policies are important in clearly defining what the NHS […]

Specialised Services Commissioning – 2013 Clinical Reference Groups

Specialised services commissioning: 2013 Clinical Reference Group membership The NHS Commissioning Board has opened registration for membership of the 2013 Clinical Reference Groups (CRGs) which support directly commissioned specialised services. Recruitment is currently open for chairs and clinical members. Further recruitment of non-clinical members will follow shortly. The closing date for applications for the role […]

Additional planning guidance documents published

Today the NHS Commissioning Board has published a number of documents to further support clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) and the wider NHS in planning for 2013/14. These documents follow the publication earlier this week of Everyone Counts: Planning for Patients 2013/14 which outlined the incentives and levers that will be used to improve services from […]