• A commissioner’s account of setting up a community perinatal team

    9 March 2018

    Following the launch of wave 2 of the perinatal mental health community services fund, Liz Biggs reflects on her experiences as a commissioner involved in the setting up of a new specialist community perinatal mental health team in Hertfordshire.

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  • GP visits key to care home’s success in cutting emergency admissions

    12 April 2017

    A Nottinghamshire care home has cut residents’ emergency admissions by 23% and A&E attendances by 29% by creating a more effective care team across local provider organisations.

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  • NHS five year forward view: progress report

    28 October 2016

    The King’s Fund has examined the progress of the NHS two years on from the publication of the NHS five year forward view. The greatest impact has been in the new care models programme, sustainability and transformation plans, and in plans to devolve more responsibility to public sector leaders in Greater Manchester. But the think tank warns that with two years elapsed, much remains to be done to align national policies with the improvements in care it is seeking to bring about. It notes particularly the absence of ring-fenced funding for investing in new services.

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  • Comprehensive diabetes commissioning pack

    6 October 2016

    The London Diabetes Clinical Network has published a comprehensive diabetes commissioning pack. It contains recommendations to assist in the commissioning and delivery of services, self-assessments to establish current gaps in commissioning and delivery, and performance targets expected which will ensure we deliver improved patient reported outcomes.

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  • Why population health analytics will be vital for the vanguards

    3 October 2016

    The success of new care models depends in part on the development of new ways to analyse data. Geraint Lewis, chief data officer of NHS England, blogging on the NHS England website, argues that population health analytics will be a vital tool for emerging new care models.

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