• Long-stay rehabilitation services

    22 June 2017

    A briefing from the Centre for Mental Health reviews evidence from Care Quality Commission inspection reports of inpatient rehabilitation services in England. It finds that while many people receive high quality care close to home from rehabilitation services, a minority spend periods of many months and sometimes years in hospital. Some are placed far from home in locked wards and become isolated from their families and dislocated from their local health and care services. It calls on the government and the NHS to take action.

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  • Monthly announcement of national dementia diagnosis rate

    21 June 2017

    Alistair Burns, NHS England’s clinical director for dementia has written to CCGs with an update on national priorities and the latest dementia diagnosis figures, for April 2017. Commissioners are instructed to communicate the information to member practices and to continue to press those with low diagnosis rates to raise their game. Dementia diagnosis data is also available by STP area.

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  • Interactive dashboard provides new insight into cervical screening coverage

    21 June 2017

    GPs and health organisations will be able to improve cervical screening rates thanks to an innovative new online data tool from NHS Digital, Public Health England and the charity Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust.

    It is hoped that the interactive dashboard will help identify areas where screening levels could be improved and encourage work to boost coverage.

    The dashboard will provide more detailed and timely information about cervical screening to help CCGs, GP practices and local authorities to improve coverage rates for the potentially lifesaving test, which are currently falling.

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  • Where next for commissioning?

    21 June 2017

    NHS Providers has published a report based on interviews with leaders of trusts on the role of STPs and accountable care systems, the challenge of integrating health and care commissioning, and the future of the purchaser-provider split.

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  • CCGs to be rated for patient and public participation

    21 June 2017

    NHS England has developed a new indicator of patient and public participation as part of its statutory annual assessment of CCG performance. The red/amber/green rating will be based on CCG annual reports (2016/17) and other publicly available information. The rating scheme follows publication in April of revised statutory guidance for CCGs and NHS England commissioners on patient and public participation in commissioning health and care. The ratings are expected to be published this summer.

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