NHS England has published case studies based on the experience of five organisations (three CCGs and two providers) on developing and implementing a new payment approach for improving access to psychological therapies services, which link a component of payment to quality and outcome-measures. The case studies may help commissioners develop their own outcomes-based payment approach. As local pricing Rule 8 of the 17/19 National Tariff requires organisations to adopt an outcome-based payment approach by April 2018, these case studies could be of particular value at this time.
NHS England’s dementia team has just published a guide to advance care planning for people with dementia in all care settings. The dementia challenge 2020 maintains that “by 2020 we would wish to see… All people with a diagnosis of dementia being given the opportunity for advance care planning”. NHS England developed the guide with input from dementia experts, carers, health and social care professionals.
Applications are now open for General Medical Services (GMS) negotiator roles within the NHS Employers primary care contracting team. The GMS negotiations are undertaken by a team of specialist negotiators appointed by NHS Employers and NHS England and supported by a primary care contracting team consisting of technical and subject experts. To find out more and apply, visit the NHS Employers website.
A report was commissioned by NHS England as part of a package of support provided to primary and acute care system (PACS) vanguard sites by the King’s Fund. The PACS model is an attempt to bring about closer working between GPs, hospitals, community health professionals, social care and others.
As the national new care models programme comes to a close, those who have led the development of the PACS model were invited to reflect on the process of being part of the programme, and of trying to bring about complex change in local systems. This report is not an evaluation of the PACS model or of the new care models programme, but it offers a unique set of first-hand perspectives into the experience of those leading a major programme at the national level and those living it at the local level.