Primary medical services contracts - effective decision making

24 January 2017

More CCGs are taking on delegated responsibility for the commissioning and management of primary medical services. If not handled correctly any changes agreed in relation to primary medical contracts can be time consuming and costly. NHS England regional teams are also building teams to support CCGs in their new responsibilities. This event on 2 March in Manchester, 9 March in London, 4 July in Leeds and 13 July in Birmingham covers the key aspects of the contracts and how to apply the necessary changes. It also highlights the guidance and regulations required to manage and govern these contracts properly.  

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England’s last learning disability hospital to close amid pledges of better services

29 March 2017

NHS England says people with a learning disability, autism or both in the north-west will be supported to lead more independent lives in their communities in the wake of news of the closure of Calderstones, England’s last standalone NHS learning disability hospital.

The plans to address the historic lack of high quality community-based services in the region, which has resulted in an over-reliance on long stay inpatient care compared to other parts of the country, were given the green light following an extensive three month consultation involving patients, their families, staff and the public.

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NHS England to issue new guidance on low-value prescription items

29 March 2017

NHS England is pushing CCGs to find savings of up to £400m a year in low-value prescription items, such as pain-killers, which are available over the counter, often at lower cost.

A review from April 2017 will be accompanied by new guidance for CCGs. The initial focus will be on 10 medicines that are ineffective, unnecessary and otherwise inappropriate for prescription on the NHS that cost the NHS £128m per year.

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Quality payments: directory of services checker now available

29 March 2017

NHS England has published a “directory of services checker” to help community pharmacy contractors to ensure that their pharmacy’s NHS 111 entry is up to date – one of the requirements for payment. Contractors are advised to follow the process on the NHS England website, not that contained in previously published guidance.

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Eye health contracting essentials, level 1

28 March 2017

This workshop on 21 June in London provides essential information on how to commission primary eye health services and manage the GOS contracts effectively.

The full-day event covers the contractual framework, contract management and assurance of General Ophthalmic Services (GOS) contracts, commissioning services from primary care providers, financial flows underpinning GOS contracts and the regulatory framework supporting the provision of GOS.

It is for commissioners new to eye health and those who feel they would benefit from a refresher. It may also be of interest to anyone involved in the delivery of services and those looking forward to a future role in commissioning.

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What use is the NHS mandate?

28 March 2017

The NHS mandate is the document in which the government sets objectives for the NHS and holds the service to account. The mandate for 2017/18, which has just been published, contains few surprises among its long list of demands on the NHS - mainly focusing on financial performance and operational goals. Is the mandate an important statement of objectives or a waste of time? Vote on the NHS Networks poll at www.networks.nhs.uk

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