The Chairman of the NHS’s new national body has welcomed the change of the organisation’s name to NHS England. The new body, which has until now been known as the NHS Commissioning Board, will have overall responsibility for the £95 billion NHS commissioning budget from 1 April 2013. From this date it will be called…
The NHS Commissioning Board (NHS CB) has announced plans to help up to 100,000 more people to use the internet to improve their health. The Board is forming a new partnership with the Online Centres Foundation to fund existing UK Online Centres to train and support people to help their health and wellbeing through the…
The NHS should go paperless by 2018 to save billions, improve services and help meet the challenges of an ageing population, announced Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt last week. In a speech to the Policy Exchange, the Health Secretary said that patients should have compatible digital records so their health information can follow them around the…
The NHS Commissioning Board is looking for good examples of online tools to help people improve their health and wellbeing. It is creating a directory of online tools, often called apps, to help people find the best online tool for their condition or health need. People and organisations who are designing online tools for specific…
The NHS Commissioning Board (NHS CB) published a new operating model for commissioning specialised services on 21 November which set out how the move from ten differing regional processes to a single national approach will improve services for patients. A public consultation on the first set of specialised service specifications and underpinning clinical policies has…
Local clinicians have been given the green light to take control of the NHS budget in 34 areas of the country, the new independent NHS Commissioning Board announced today. The NHS Commissioning Board has authorised 34 new organisations – called clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) – to commission healthcare services for their communities. They are the first…
The NHS Commissioning Board is working on a new ‘customer service platform’ to take over from NHS Choices and NHS Direct. Bob Gann, director of partnership and strategy at the NHS CB, told EHI Live 2012 that this would be a way for the public to engage with the NHS using a wide range of channels, including telephone, web, apps and social media. The new platform – which has yet to be named – will include directories of service, health information, ways to feedback about care experiences, and ways to transact with the NHS, for example by booking appointments.
The NHS Commissioning Board Authority has published the proposed configuration and member practices for 212 proposed CCGs for the first time. The paper confirms that there are now proposed CCGs covering the whole of England and includes the detailed geographic areas for each for the first time, plus the planning assumptions about the member practices in each proposed CCG. This means that everyone living in England will be covered by a CCG from April 2013.
The Health Foundation has this week published a report on the things the Commissioning Board should do to promote shared decision making with patients. The case for ‘no decision about me, without me’ is clear in ethics and in policy and is supported by a growing evidence base. However, to make it an everyday experience for patients requires a significant change in philosophy, in culture and in the roles of patients and professionals. This fundamental shift must be modelled and led by every part of the system to drive change in government and in the consulting room. In the report, the Health Foundation briefly introduce the concept of shared decision making and then look at each of these four areas of action for the NHS Commissioning Board.
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