• Sustainability and transformation plans and partnerships

    4 October 2017

    This House of Commons Library briefing covers the context in which sustainability and transformation partnerships have been developed, their funding and accountability arrangements as well as their progress so far. A key role of these partnerships was the creation of local blueprints for delivering the NHS five year forward view, known as sustainability and transformation plans (STPs). This briefing therefore explores how these plans were developed, as well as research and debate surrounding the content and implementation of these plans.

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  • NHS Benchmarking Network audit of community mental health services

    3 October 2017

    NHS England has commissioned the NHS Benchmarking Network to undertake an audit of adult community mental health services. These services form the backbone of mental health care and current service models need to be understood better. This includes services commissioned by CCGs, provided by primary and secondary care, the voluntary sector and local authority social care services. The audit also includes adult eating disorder services. Findings will inform national policy and workforce development. All CCG participants will receive bespoke reports to inform sustainability and transformation partnership (STP) plans. The audit will run until 17 November 2017.

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  • Alcohol, drugs and tobacco: commissioning support pack

    2 October 2017

    Public Health England has produced a commissioning support pack to help local authorities to develop joint strategic needs assessment and local joint health and wellbeing strategies that effectively address public health issues relating to alcohol, drug and tobacco use.

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  • Latest trends in district nurse student numbers

    2 October 2017

    The Queen’s Nursing Institute has launched its annual report on district nurse education. The latest edition, covering 2015/16, shows that growth in student numbers is slowing down after an increase in recent years. The QNI is concerned that when retirements are taken into account, this will represent a major challenge to current and future recruitment efforts to district nursing teams.

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  • Initiative on children and young people’s mental health services

    2 October 2017

    Government departments are seeking 20 more areas to join a scheme to promote better children’s mental health in schools. A pilot project across 27 CCGs and 255 schools ran successfully last year. Participating areas will receive two workshops, bringing together education and mental health professionals to improve joint working. Information about the workshops and registration details are available on the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families website.

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