• A hub for respiratory care commissioning

    12 November 2018

    The Primary Care Respiratory Academy Commissioning Platform aims to offer the tools and resources you need to optimise respiratory outcomes in your population.

    Our digital resources provide up-to-date information, guidance and tools to help you achieve the best possible health-related outcomes in your area. This includes a range of articles, templates and videos. Visit www.respiratoryacademy.co.uk/commissioning

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  • Service specification for hyperbaric oxygen therapy

    9 November 2018

    NHS England has published a service specification for provision of hyperbaric oxygen treatment services. The specification covers services for patients of all ages.

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  • England’s top doctor calls on NHS to use tech to revamp outpatient system

    9 November 2018

    England’s top doctor is calling on the NHS to enlist the power of tech and innovation to reduce the thousands of unnecessary outpatient appointments carried out every day.

    In his foreword to a Royal College of Physicians report, NHS England medical director, Professor Stephen Powis, says it’s time to “grasp the nettle” to help reduce some of the 118 million outpatient appointments every year – many of which are unnecessary.

    He calls on trusts and CCGs to embrace Skype, apps and online tools, which could spare thousands of patients hospital visits, time off work and school while also saving the NHS millions.

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  • 2018/19 CCG improvement and assessment framework

    9 November 2018

    The CCG improvement and assessment framework (IAF) for 2018/19 contains seven new indicators among the total of 58. A number of existing indicators have also been updated. Further information can be found in the accompanying technical annex.

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  • Understanding the performance and potential of specialist hospitals

    8 November 2018

    A report commissioned by the Federation of Specialist Hospitals and produced with the Innovation Agency, outlines how high-performing specialist trusts have the potential to do more to benefit the wider NHS. A review of around one-third of England’s 21 specialist trusts looked at why they consistently score higher than their counterparts in ratings for performance and satisfaction. The review recommends seven ways in which local systems can benefit more widely from the role of specialist trusts.

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