Health and Social Care Act explained | Department of Health

Health and Social Care Act explained via Health and Social Care Act explained | Department of Health.

15 June, 2012

A series of factsheets on the Health and Social Care Act 2012 explain particular topics contained in the Act, including its key themes. They include case studies of the policy in action, or answer frequently asked questions about the topic.

The factsheets were first published in October 2011 and have since been updated to reflect the changes made during the Act’s Parliamentary passage.

  • Overview
  • Case for change
  • Overview of health and care structures
  • Scrutiny and improvements
  • Key policy areas in the Act
  • Clinically-led commissioning
  • Provider regulation to support innovative and efficient services
  • Greater voice for patients
  • New focus for public health
  • Greater accountabilty locally and nationally
  • Streamlined arm’s length bodies
  • Factsheet on support worker regulation
  • Cross-cutting themes of the Bill
  • Improving quality of care
  • Tackling inequalities in healthcare
  • Promoting better integration of health and care services
  • Choice and competition
  • The role of the Secretary of State
  • Reconfiguration of services
  • Establishing new national bodies
  • Embedding research as a core function of the health service
  • Education and training

NHS 111 service delayed

The government has announced a delay in the rollout of the NHS 111 number in England.

The free one-stop number for patients with urgent, but not life-threatening symptoms, was planned for April 2013. But now the Department of Health has said areas can have more time to introduce the service.

Doctors’ leaders – who had in the past expressed “serious concerns” about the rollout – welcomed the delay. Nursing leaders and Unison had also expressed reservations about plans for the service.

Extract from BBC News June 14

The National Patient Safety Agency (Amendment) Directions 2012

The National Patient Safety Agency (Amendment) Directions 2012
The Department has published two directions to local authorities which came into force on 1st April 2012. The Directions to the National Patient Safety Agency (NPSA) have been amended to reflect the transfer of  the operational delivery of the National Reporting and Learning System (NRLS) from NPSA to Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust (ICHT) with NPSA retaining an oversight role. Directions are given to ICHT to undertake the NRLS function in accordance with the memorandum of understanding included as annex to the Directions.

Liberating the NHS: no decision about me, without me

Published by DoH
This consultation proposes a model of shared decision-making along the patient pathway. The model indicates where patients would be expected to have more say in decisions about their care in primary care; before a diagnosis; at referral to secondary care; and after a diagnosis had been made. The consultation welcomes views from patients, the wider public, organisations, health professionals and the NHS and closes on 20th July 2012.

The NHS Information Strategy

This information strategy from the Department of Health sets a ten-year framework for transforming information for the NHS, public health and social care. One of the key commitments is that you will be able to view your GP record online by 2015.

View the easy read version of the information strategy or go to for a wider perspective.



Dept of Health: End of Life Care newsletter

National end of life care programme newsletter – Issue 45, May 2012

In this issue:

  • Focus on housing
  • A housing association pilot project to help people at the end of life stay in their own home
  • New modelling tools for commissioners which give a better understanding of local needs, workforce and cost implications.
  • Medical, nursing and social work students at Warwick and Coventry Universities learning about end of life care across professional boundaries.

Dept of Health: AHP Bulletin – May 2012

Allied health professionals bulletin – May 2012

The May edition of the AHP bulletin is now online- packed with the latest news and information for allied health professionals across the NHS.

In this month’s issue, Chief Health Professions Officer Karen Middleton revisits the Big Conversation in the aftermath of the SHA cluster AHP conferences, and encourage all AHPs to keep up the fantastic response received so far.

Leadership is a key theme this month, looking at the work of the new NHS Leadership Academy, encourage AHPs to apply for the latest round of Clinical Leadership Fellowships and meet current fellow Sally Greensmith, who shares her experiences of the programme so far.

Action plan for respiratory disease treatment published | Department of Health

Action plan for respiratory disease treatment published | Department of Health.

A new action plan for treatment of respiratory problems is set out in guidance published today for the NHS.

Some 45 best practice actions are outlined for the treatment of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) and asthma. The two can be confused due to similar symptoms and understanding the similarities and differences will help doctors provide better treatment. A key part of the new strategy is reducing the variation in COPD diagnosis and care around the country.  Extract from


£70+ million wasted under dental contract

Over £70 million wasted on fraud under current dental contract | Media Centre.

Under the current dental contract system an estimated £70 million was wasted on dental fraud in a year, the Government announced today.

Figures published today by NHS Protect, the lead on tackling and identifying crime across the health service in England, show dental fraud may have cost the NHS £73.1 million in 2009-10.

Surplus NHS land for housing published | Department of Health

Details of potentially surplus land for housing in the NHS published | Department of Health.

Details of potentially surplus land for housing, currently owned by NHS organisations, which is no longer required nor likely to be needed for health service purposes in the future have been published. The information was provided by each of the 399 NHS trusts in England to the Department of Health through a central data collection.

The main findings from the 2012 data collection from NHS trusts, which related to parcels over 0.25 hectares, include:

  • of the total 399 NHS trusts, 188 (47 per cent) declared at least one parcel of surplus or potentially surplus land and 211 (53 per cent) gave a nil response
  • a total of 414 separate parcels of land were identified by the 188 NHS trusts who declared surplus or potentially surplus land.

See the main findings and the details of the surplus land data collection.

How the Department of Health is changing

Extract from

The modernisation of the health and social care system means that the Department of Health (DH) is also changing to reflect its new responsibilities and priorities. As the system leader, DH will be responsible for improving people’s health and wellbeing through its stewardship of the adult social care, public health and NHS systems.

The Department will shape and lead the new health and care system but will no longer be the headquarters of the NHS, nor will it directly manage any NHS organisations.

>> Read more about how the Department of Health is changing


A resource pack for leaders of community groups and activities

Preparation for birth and beyond: a resource pack for leaders of community groups and activities
This resource pack has been developed to help the NHS, local authorities and the voluntary sector in planning or leading preparation for parenthood groups and activities. It aims to improve outcomes for babies and parents through a refreshed approach to antenatal education.

DoH: Duty of Candour consultation launched

Duty of Candour consultation launched

10 October 2011, 01:00:27 | webteam-ln

A consultation has been launched on implementing a ‘Duty of Candour’, a contractual requirement on NHS providers to be open with patients when things go wrong with their healthcare.

The contractual Duty of Candour, which forms part of the Government’s plans to modernise the NHS by making it more accountable and transparent, will be an enforceable duty on providers.

The aim is to ensure providers are open and honest with patients, or their families, and give them information about any investigations that have taken place or any lessons learned.

The consultation asks:

  • how best to design a contractual requirement for organisations to be open, including the scope and the kinds of sanctions that should be available
  • how best to support patients and clinicians to ensure people are told when things go wrong.

Health Secretary Andrew Lansley said: ‘We must develop a culture of openness in the NHS. This is a key part of how a modern NHS should be – open and accountable to the public and patients to drive improvements in care.

‘That’s why we are introducing a requirement on providers to be transparent in admitting mistakes. We need to find the most effective way to promote openness and hold those organisations who are not open to account.

‘A more transparent NHS is a safer NHS where patients can be confident of receiving high quality care.’

The consultation runs until 2 January 2012.