Focus on general practice at the heart of local system change

13 June 2017

Workforce development and collaboration are the twin themes of the latest issue of Commissioning Excellence, which highlights how local leaders are promoting the development of general practice at scale both to deliver the kinds of services communities demand and the resilience GP practices need. This issue also focuses on the clinical pharmacists in general practice programme, which is bringing clear benefits to GPs and their patients.

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NHS England seeks patient reps for clinical reference groups

27 June 2017

NHS England’s specialised commissioning team is recruiting patients and members of the public to its clinical reference groups (CRGs). CRGs bring together groups of clinicians, commissioners, public health experts, patients and carers. They advise NHS England on the best ways that specialised services should be provided, advise on the development of service specifications, commissioning policies, identifying innovation and improving quality. There are vacancies in paediatric medicine and perinatal mental health. To request an application form please email england.voice-crg@nhs.net

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Use of scientific evidence in weighing benefits and harms of medicines

27 June 2017

A report from the Academy of Medical Sciences highlights the significant difficulties patients and some healthcare professionals face in using evidence from research to judge the benefits and harms of medicines, and calls for concerted action to improve the information patients receive. It calls for a range of actions including significant improvements to patient information leaflets, better use of medical appointments, and a bigger role for NHS Choices as an information provider.

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STPs will need a change in law to succeed, says report

27 June 2017

A report from London Southbank University argues that in order to deliver a better future for the NHS, all 44 STPs would need to be given legislative powers and support necessary to achieve effective collaboration, plus some much-needed clarification on their role. It also recommends that STP leaders need to plan ahead based on the reality of their current situation, identify changes that are evidence-based, develop workforce plans that match their ambitions, and focus on reducing demand before removing resources from the acute sector. The report is accompanied by separate reports reviewing the plans of each of the 44 STPs.

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Does commissioning add any value?

26 June 2017

NHS England has dropped strong hints that it wants to end the purchaser-provider split, which would mean the end of commissioning as we know it. Do you agree that this would be a sensible move or do we benefit from putting commissioners in charge of the money? Vote on the NHS Networks poll at www.networks.nhs.uk

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Three quarters of baby deaths may have been avoidable, says report

26 June 2017

Three quarters (76%) of cases of stillbirth, neonatal death and brain injury during childbirth might have had different outcomes with different care, according to a report by the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists. The conclusion is based on a review of cases that underwent local review in 2015.

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