NHS England has published wheelchair data for April to June 2017, which shows that waiting times continue to reduce slightly. As part of efforts to improve data quality CCGs are reminded of the data quality notes for identifying opportunities to improve submissions. The window for Q2 data submissions is 2 to 16 October 2017.
The next bi-annual extended access collection will be open for submissions from 1 to 29 September 2017. As set out in the 2016 regulations, every GP practice in England will be required to submit an online return twice a year through the primary care web tool setting out what evening and weekend access to appointments the practice offers. Practices will also need to submit workforce census data by the beginning of October 2017. These are separate data collections in the primary care web tool and both will need completing by all practices.
NHS England has published plans to improve of NHS continuing healthcare (CHC) pathways and processes, as part of the NHS contribution to the reduction of delayed transfers of care.
NHS England is asking CCGs for information by 11 September 2017 on their plans to improve numbers of CHC assessments outside acute settings and audit results on delays in CHC eligibility decision-making processes. Better care fund plans are due by the same date. For further information please contact your local director of commissioning operations NHS CHC assurance lead.
PCC has been supporting GP practices to better understand the benefits of working collaboratively. We work with groups of practices, considering local needs, their aims and vision for the future, helping them to consider the opportunities and the different models available. Working with others is one of the possible solutions to support practices to become more resilient and we are supporting a number of areas as part of the national resilience funding. PCC also provides capacity to support mergers or to help set up federations and new care models. Our experts can provide advice or support to any stage of the development process, from first meetings through to delivery of services, including governance structures, business planning, facilitation and board development. To discuss your needs, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with “collaborative working” in the subject line.