- Launch of the National Skills Academy for Health
- Skills for Health Quality Mark
- Skills Utilisation Network
- Integrated Workforce Planning
- Apprenticeship Frameworks
- Integrated Health & Social Care
- Drug and Alcohol National Occupational Standards (DANOS) Review
- Assistive Technologies National Occupational Standards Project
- Our offering to Clinical Commissioning Groups
- Coming up…
An interactive map shows the changing picture of CCGs – courtesy of Cuardian Healthcare Network
|Patient Information Conference in its eighth year
The government’s information strategy asserts that “access to good quality information… is an important health and care service in its own right”. It is a powerful statement, but what does it mean and how do we deliver?
|Regulations on procurement, patient choice and competition
The regulations laid last month have been amended in light of concerns expressed by GPs and others.
|Interim arrangements for NHS CB number two
The NHS Commissioning Board has announced interim arrangements for the post of chief operating officer and deputy chief executive.
|Mental health panel issues new guides
Advice and support for commissioners.
|The patient online: the road map
This guidance from RCGP supports GP practices to provide online access for patients.
|New network launched for rehabilitation professionals
A new network has been launched to bring together all qualified rehabilitation workers in the UK.
|New operating model for the commissioning of offender health care
The NHS Commissioning Board (NHS CB) has published the single operating model for the commissioning of offender health services.
|Bulletin for proposed CCGs: 7 March 2013
Latest CCG bulletin from the NHS Commissioning Board.
|Resources to improve research information for patients
Resource pack to help NHS trusts raise awareness of clinical research among patients and carers, and deliver on the NHS constitution commitment to provide research information supporting patient choice.
|Best practice for managing medicines shortages in secondary care
These standards provide advice to NHS hospitals in England in managing medicines shortages at local level to minimise any risks to patients through delays to treatment.
|Chief medical officer warns over antibiotics
The second volume of the CMO’s annual report covers the threat of antimicrobial resistance and infectious diseases.
|GP-led groups ready to take charge of NHS budgets in every community in England
NHS Commissioning Board establishes fourth and final wave of clinical commissioning groups.
|March issue of Commissioning Excellence
Commissioning support needs to be focused on transformation not on transactions, according to Bob Ricketts, the man in charge of commissioning support at the NHS CB.
|What’s worrying your CCG?
CCGs have no shortage of challenges as they prepare to take the reins on 1 April. Initial responses to the survey point to predictable concerns about the financial pressures on CCGs but some more surprisingly relaxed attitudes in other areas – about the ability to engage with other organisations, for example.
|Healthy phone apps
The NHS Commissioning Board has launched a library of apps to help people manage their health.
|England to host international initiative for mental health leadership in 2014
Norman Lamb, minister of state for care services has accepted an invitation for England to host the 2014 exchange.
|CQC second care update
Care for people with dementia is not meeting their needs as services are struggling to cope, according to the latest care update from Care Quality Commission.
|Patient and public engagement: still an aspiration?
Engaging with patients and public is vital if NHS and social care organisations are to achieve outcomes, improve quality of services and strengthen bonds with local communities.
|Local Healthwatch regulations explained
Document to help local Healthwatch audiences understand the legal requirements that have been set out in regulations.
|Commissioning an integrated footcare pathway
Key recommendations for CCGs to help reduce diabetic amputations by 50%.
A new device that allows GPs and practice nurses to detect pulse irregularities and pick up cases of atrial fibrillation whilst measuring blood pressure has been recommended by NICE. Atrial fibrillation (AF) causes the heart to beat with an irregular rhythm. It can be difficult to detect and subsequently diagnose as it is often asymptomatic and can be intermittent.
People with AF are at increased risk of developing blood clots and subsequent stroke, with 423,000 people aged 65 and over expected to have AF, of whom some will be will living with the condition yet are undiagnosed.
In its medical technology guidance on WatchBP Home A, NICE says the device reliably detects AF and may increase the rate of detection when used in primary care. This will consequently allow for preventative treatment to be given and to reduce the incidence of AF-related stroke.
|Statement of collaboration between NICE and Public Heath England
NICE and Public Health England agreed to collaborate on future work.
February 8, 2013
|Dementia, stroke and cancer among potential indicators for latest CCG Outcomes Indicator Set
Dementia, stroke, cancer, and end-of-life care are among 32 new indicators put forward for inclusion in the Clinical Commissioning Group Outcomes Indicator Set (CCG OIS).
February 4, 2013
|Have your say on NICE’s social care work
The Department of Health has launched a 12 week consultation to gather views on the topics for NICE’s new quality standards and guidance for social care.
February 1, 2013
Please find attached a link to the November edition of AQuA News at https://www.aquanw.nhs.uk/content_items/6134
In this edition you will find:
• AQuA Launches its Improving Outcomes Pack On Chronic Liver Disease
Chronic Liver Disease
Liver disease is now the 5th commonest cause of death in the UK and one of the few developed nations with an upward trend in mortality from liver disease.
• Academic Health Science Networks
• Registration Open For Final Advancing Quality Collaboratives Of 2012
• Advancing Quality: An Introduction For CCGs
• New Collaboration Website Launched For Advancing Quality Teams
• AQuA 2012 Member Survey
• AQuA Mental Health Bespoke Work
• Preventing Suicide In England
• Congratulations To HSJ Efficiency Award Winners!
• Are You Shared Decision Making Positive?
• Your Health Your Decision: A Conversation About Shared Decision Making
• AQuA Improvement Methodologies (AIM): Next Cohort Open For Bookings
• AQuA Lean Network
• A New Role For Finance In Quality Improvement: Cohort 3
• Take Advantage Of AQuA Lean Opportunity!
• AIM+ Programme
• AQuA Patient Safety Ambassadors
• IHI Open School Licences
Introduction to Lean Resources
In this area you will find resources from the Introduction to Lean programme for utilisation in your workplace.
“The NHS Commissioning Board (NHS CB), plays a key role in the Government’s vision to modernise the health service with the key aim of securing the best possible health outcomes for patients by prioritising them in every decision it makes.
Formally established as an independent body, at arm’s length to the Government, on 1 October 2012, it will carry forward the preparatory work begun as the NHS Commissioning Board Authority while taking on initial statutory responsibilities. The most notable of these responsibilities being the authorisation of clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) which are the drivers of the new, clinically-led commissioning system introduced by the Health and Social Care Act.
The NHS Commissioning Board will take up its full statutory duties and responsibilities on 1 April 2013.”
Welcome from Barbara Hakin
Welcome to the latest bulletin for emerging clinical commissioning groups. This issue contains a number of items which are of absolute importance, both to CCG leaders and others involved in the new clinical commissioning system.
From Authorisation to Implementation:
AQuA has developed a five-module programme to support senior CCG leaders, CCG Chairs, Chief Operating Officers, Finance Directors along with senior Managers and Clinicians going through CCG assessment centres and to support the on-going development process, we are encouraging teams to apply for these modules as well as individual leads.
For more information please contact Liz Ashall-Payne at Elizabeth.Ashall-Payne@srft.nhs.uk.
Binleys online have produced a map of the proposed clinical commissioning groups.
Use the available filters to locate East Cheshire.
This report examines key issues in the operation of the Mental Health Act five years on. It finds that while there have been some improvements in the treatment of people detained under the Act there remain major concerns about the use of compulsory powers and the availability of advocacy and support for the most vulnerable people. It argues that CCGs and local authorities must ensure that they uphold the rights of people detained under the Mental Health Act as they take up their new responsibilities.
– AQuA Launches Learning Set for Shared Decision Making
– Don’t miss AQuA’s Annual General Meeting
– This year’s Clinical Leaders Network/AQuA Steve Henderson Award Winner Announced
– Launch of the AQuA Mental Health ‘Harmfree’care Programme
– Blackpool shows how it is Advancing Quality in Heart Failure Care
Link to full details…