Video: What on earth is a vanguard?

Cutting through modern-day NHS jargon is no mean feat, but one up-and-coming TV broadcaster has succeeded where the Jeremy Paxmans of this world have failed… meet Healthwatch Harriet | NHS England

The tenacious 10-year-old has turned her sights on the NHS England new care models programme. In her new video, she meets new care models programme director Louise Watson, chair of Tower Hamlets CCG Sir Sam Etherington, and Hertfordshire County Council’s director of health and community services Iain MacBeath and asks them: “What on earth is a vanguard?”

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Department of Health group accounting manual 2017 to 2018

Mandatory annual reports and accounts guidance for DH group bodies.

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The Department of Health group accounting manual (GAM) includes mandatory accounting guidance for DH group bodies (including clinical commissioning groups, NHS trusts, NHS foundation trusts and arm’s length bodies) completing statutory annual reports and accounts for 2017 to 2018.

The GAM is approved by the HM Treasury Financial Reporting Advisory Board. It is based on the 2017 to 2018 Treasury financial reporting manual, adapted for the NHS.

There will be additional guidance updates to the GAM later in the year, which must be treated as having the same status as the GAM itself. The additional guidance will be contained in a single document, which will be updated as further issues arise.

Involving people in health and care guidance

The two sets of guidance, and a wealth of web based resources and best practice, together supersede the original ‘Transforming Participation in Health and Care’ guidance, which was published in 2013 | NHS England

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In response to user feedback, elements of the original guidance have been retained and new features introduced, including a greater focus on people with the greatest health needs, and information on the practicalities of involvement.

The links between individual and collective involvement in health are clear; people who have advanced knowledge, skills and confidence to manage their own health are more likely to get involved at a group/community level in having a say about health and health services. Equally, those who have been involved in the commissioning process (planning, buying and monitoring) health services are more likely to be informed about health and health services; they will therefore be better placed to manage their own health and be involved about decisions relating to their care and treatment.

The future of commissioning

NHS Providers has launched a new publication series “Provider Voices” which promotes the views of leaders from a range of trusts and other parts of the service on some of the key issues facing the NHS.

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The first report Where next for commissioning? includes eight interviews that address concerns including the role of Sustainability and Transformation Partnerships (STPs) and accountable care systems (ACSs), the challenge of integrating health and care commissioning, and the future of the purchaser-provider split.

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‘Trust and collaboration within vanguards is essential but not easy’ – new report

A new report launched today (15 June) at Confed17, looks to better understand how to build trust across systems to promote more effective collaborative working | NHS Employers

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Trustworthy Collaboration, written for NHS Employers by Prof Veronica Hope-Hailey of the University of Bath, explores the challenges of building trust across health systems, in the context of the 50 vanguard sites tasked with delivering transformational change through new care models.

The report looks into the challenges facing the leaders of the partner organisations within the vanguards, who are required to collaborate to deliver transformational change. Trust is essential to collaboration, the report states, but achieving this is easier said than done.

For the vanguards, trust was an important ingredient for ensuring success. It was vital for senior leaders to swiftly establish trust with other leaders across multiple and complex systems.

The report explores the meaning of trust in organisations and offers six key recommendations for how to successfully achieve it.

Data sharing and data protection

The CCIO and Health CIO networks have published a discussion paper Data sharing and data protection in healthcare.

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The paper addresses the issues around the regulation of data protection associated with data sharing. The paper argues sharing data saves lives, and says clinicians are currently having to choose between the risk of non-compliance with the letter of data protection law or the danger of delivering sub-standard care to their patients.

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NHSI to create league table for management consultants

NHS Improvement is to produce a league table on the most effective management consultants | HSJ

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At a session at the NHS Confederation conference in Liverpool yesterday, the head of the regulator’s financial improvement programme, said the ratings would go down to team and individual level.

Matthew Fox said performance would be hard to measure and would be done with the necessary respect for the individuals involved, but would get “into the world of Uber and individual scoring”.

The programme, now in its second year, sends teams of management consultants into trusts to turnaround financial performance. The ratings would apply only to consultancies involved in the programme.

Mr Fox said the programme was the “amber” to financial special measures’ “red” and NHSI asked firms to demonstrate a return on investment of 4:1.

He added that trust management teams were generally aware of where the savings opportunities were, they just did not have the time to pursue them, and this was where the external agencies came in.

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