• Mental health and the market

    12 October 2012

    Understanding how the market in mental health works is critical – both for the development of future national policy, as well as for the implementation of existing policy relating to competition and choice.

    Ensuring clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) have a clear understanding of the way in which the market currently operates in the mental health sector will be central to developing effective commissioning arrangements.

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  • Joint personal budgets: a new solution to the problem of integrated care?

    12 October 2012

    This briefing introduces joint personal budgets for health and social care. It gives the context behind their development, explains how they might work and lists some of the issues that need to be considered before they could be used at scale.

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  • Authorisation process dates agreed

    12 October 2012

    Dates have been agreed for the key parts of the clinical commissioning group (CCG) authorisation process.

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  • Dispensing appliance contractors – annual complaints report

    11 October 2012

    The Local Authority Social Services and National Health Service Complaints (England) Regulations 2009 require dispensing appliance contractors (DACs) to submit an annual report on the complaints received each financial year to their commissioning PCT. The regulations can be found below.

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  • Applications to join the pharmaceutical list and oral hearings

    11 October 2012

    PCTs may hold oral hearings to consider applications for inclusion in the PCT pharmaceutical list. This paper outlines the provisions within the NHS (Pharmaceutical Services) Regulations 2012 and provides PCT with a procedure based on good practice.

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