Friday, 20 January 2012
The series provides easily accessible summaries of the latest guidance and research evidence relating to specific key topics of relevance to healthcare professionals and the diabetes community.
The guide includes a brief summary introduction to each topic, followed by a synthesis of latest key policy papers, national body statements, clinical or care guidelines and the latest key research and evaluation papers. NHS Networks
In this week’s edition, read the latest advice on PIP implants. Views are sought on draft statutory guidance on JSNAs and joint health and wellbeing strategies and Minister Paul Burstow has reaffirmed his commitment to 3millionlives at an event today. Department of Health
A consultation document on low secure services and psychiatric intensive care is being issued today for a three month consultation by stakeholders.
The purpose of this consultation is to invite the views of stakeholders on how new guidance will operate by explaining the rationale behind the strategic approach and raising questions which cover a broad range of issues.
Subject to Parliamentary approval, the NHS will undergo a period of substantial change in how it commissions health services. The planned changes will introduce a new commissioning architecture, formally establishing a new NHS Commissioning Board and clinical commissioning groups.
Over the course of transition to the new system, the responsibilities of Strategic Health Authorities, regional specialised commissioning groups and primary care trusts will largely transfer to the NHS Commissioning Board and to clinical commissioning groups.
Under the proposed commissioning arrangements, the NHS Commissioning Board will commission services to include primary care, veterans and offender health services and those services that fall into the national specialised services definition set, for example secure services. Clinical commissioning groups will commission local health services including community and non-specialised inpatient mental health services.
In order to issue guidance by middle of 2012 it would be helpful for responses to be received in advance of 19 April 2012 deadline. Department of Health
The Minister for Care Services, Paul Burstow, has confirmed the Department of Health's commitment to telehealth and telecare following the success of the whole systems demonstrator programme. This concordat demonstrates this commitment to telehealth and telecare from both the Department of Health and the industry and outlines the framework for implementing telehealth and telecare in healthcare in England.
The RCN have now moved to opposing the Health and Social Care Bill, arguing that serious concerns expressed by members have not been addressed during the parliamentary process, listening exercise or political engagement. This briefing provides more detail on the RCN's stance on the bill.
Chair of NHS Future Forum on "changing the culture in health and social care"
Professor Steve Field spoke at the King's Fund conference on creating incentives to improve quality and promote integration.
The chair of the NHS Future Forum explained that "there was no silver bullet" when it comes to integration of health and social care but the main issue was encouraging clinical leaders to realise "that frankly we can't just get up in the press and just carry on saying he NHS has to stay how it is".
Speaking shortly after the Department of Health announced that it had accepted the Future Forum's recommendations on the health and social care bill, Field said: "We haven't got the time to theorise this any more".
You can catch up on more highlights from the conference online here.
Relations between the Government and health professionals sank to a new low after Andrew Lansley accused them of opposing his NHS reforms because they were upset about cuts to their pay and pensions. The Independent