The new NHS standard contract for 2012/13 brings together the previous four core contracts into a single restructured contract.It is for use by commissioners when commissioning NHS funded acute, ambulance, community and mental health and learning disability services.
The latest edition of the NHS Atlas of Variation compares the amount each PCT spends on clinical services with the health outcomes patients see. Consisting of 71 maps, the atlas will help commissioners learn from one other, consider the appropriateness of a service, and investigate when clinical health outcomes are not reflecting the financial investment that has been made.
This briefing sets out the policy context for outcomes in mental health and summarises the recommendations made in the report, including the need to develop an implementation framework in support of the mental health strategy No Health Without Mental Health.
As many as a million non-existent patients are registered with GPs, according to official estimates. These "ghost" patients account for on average 5% of practice lists across England but as many as 30% in some PCT areas. This so-called list inflation results in unfair distribution of resources. PCC has produced a briefing explaining the scale of the problem and suggesting practical measures for tackling it.