NHS England has published new guidance on managing care home closures. The guidance is to enable CCGs, acute providers and community providers to give more effective support to local authorities, the organisations legally responsibility for care homes. It provides practical advice and support on coordinating a response to a care home closure between relevant parties, including local authorities, NHS England, CCGs, the Care Quality Commission and providers.
NHS England has published new guidance on the existing retained doctor scheme which increases financial incentives to support GPs to remain in clinical general practice. Although the scheme has been in place for many years, the 2016 scheme delivers a number of improvements. From July 2016, NHS England is increasing the money received by practices employing a retained GP and the annual payment which GPs on the scheme receive towards professional expenses. The additional support is available to doctors already on the scheme and those doctors joining the scheme and in post before 31 March 2017.
NHS England has published guidance on the implementation of the general practice resilience programme. It describes how the programme will deliver the commitment set out in the General Practice Forward View to invest £40m over the next four years to support struggling practices. This programme aims to deliver support to help practices to become more sustainable and resilient, to tackle the challenges they face now and into the future, and to secure continuing high quality care for patients. Queries can be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
NHS England has published updated operating guidance on the better care fund (BCF). The guidance sets out the legislation underpinning the BCF, the accountability arrangements and funding, the reporting and monitoring requirements for 2016/17, and the role of the BCF support team in supporting delivery. The guidance also outlines how progress against plans will be monitored and what the escalation process will look like.
NHS England has published revised statutory guidance on managing conflicts of interest for CCGs following a public consultation. The revised guidance forms part of a wider package of measures aimed at developing a stronger, more consistent approach managing conflicts of interest across the NHS. A series of case studies and short, role-specific summary guides is also available. NHS England will be holding CCG webinars on the new guidance on 8 July 2016 at 11am and 12 July 2016 at 11am. For joining details, please email email@example.com.