• A design diagnosis: reinvigorating the primary care estate

    29 January 2018

    A report from Reform finds that private sector finance can be used to upgrade the primary care estate and deliver value for money for the taxpayer. It argues that private funding could help to build bigger GP surgeries able to provide better patient care.

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  • NHS continuing healthcare: effective commissioning approaches

    29 January 2018

    A report from NHS Clinical Commissioners suggests ways in which the provision of NHS continuing healthcare (CHC) in local areas can be improved for the benefit of patients and commissioners. It shares some of the approaches that have been developed by local CCGs which have proved to be effective in delivering their CHC commitments.

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  • Update on the cancer drugs fund

    29 January 2018

    Thousands of cancer patients have benefited from speedy access to the new and innovative treatments due to a new cancer drugs fund (CDF).

    Since the new CDF opened in July 2016, nearly 15,700 patients have benefited from the 52 drugs treating 81 different types of cancer. Of these patients, around 5,000 have received treatment sooner than they would have under the previous system.

    NHS England has also secured discounts on eight of the treatments previously funded via the old CDF which will generate savings for the NHS of around £140m over the next five years.

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  • CQC consults on plans for regulation of independent healthcare services in England

    29 January 2018

    The Care Quality Commission (CQC) is inviting views on plans to evolve its approach to regulating independent healthcare services in England to ensure a more targeted, responsive and collaborative approach.

    The proposals set out how CQC intends to develop its next phase of regulation for independent healthcare services, such as independent acute hospitals, independent doctors and clinics, and independent substance misuse services.

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  • Wellbeing in mental health

    23 January 2018

    Public Health England has published guidance to enable healthcare professionals to tackle the wider health issues that reduce the life expectancy of people with mental health problems.

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