This resource is targeted at NHS boards, especially the chairs of NHS boards. It recognises the important role chairs play in shaping the way members interact, behave, and set priorities – in short, how they establish the culture of a board.
The guide is not about how boards become more ‘representative’. Instead, it is about how a board uses the talents of everyone who sits round the table. It is about how boards capitalise on their diversity.
Full document: NHS workforce race equality: a case for diverse boards
This guidance from NHS England highlights the responsibilities of CCGs to commission services that deliver comprehensive physical health assessments and follow up care to people on the SMI register in primary care; addressing the premature mortality experienced by people with SMI compared to the general population.
The guidance for CCGs is available from NHS England
The Supporting Annexes which include case studies and workforce tools and resources can be found here
NHS England has announced extra funding will be made available to improve the mental health of at least 3,000 pregnant women and those who have recently given birth.
A total of £23 million is available during wave 2 of the Perinatal Mental Health community services development fund.
The funding is part of a major programme of improvement and investment supporting the ambition in the Mental Health Five Year Forward View that, by 2020/21, there will be increased access to specialist perinatal mental health support , enabling an additional 30,000 women to receive evidence-based treatment, closer to home, when they need it.
From 2019/20 funding for specialist perinatal mental health community services will be allocated through clinical commissioning group baseline (CCG) budgets.
This funding will see 30,000 additional women getting specialist mental health care, in person and through online consultations including over Skype, during the early stages of motherhood, by 2021.
Further information and details about proposals can be found on the NHS England website
NHS England & NHS Improvement | Refreshing NHS Plans for 2018/19
This publication responds to the November 2017 Budget announcement of additional NHS funding of £1.6bn for 2018/19, which will increase funding for emergency & urgent care and elective surgery.
It outlines how additional funding will impact on frontline services such as primary care and A&E services. The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) is making a further £540 million available through the Mandate over the coming financial year.
It also sets out plans for the development of accountable care systems into integrated care systems. The guidance is accompanied by revised clinical commissioning group allocations for 2018/19.
The publication Refreshing NHS Plans for 2018/19 is here
A link to the revised CCG allocations is also available
Infographic to show CCG allocations are here
This report explores the accountability and performance management arrangements for CCGs and looks at the implications of STPs and accountable care systems for these| The Nuffield Trust
The NHS has developed systems to hold both providers and commissioners of NHS services to account. These have arguably become more complex with the introduction of 44 sustainability and transformation partnerships (STPs). This report from the Nuffield Trust draws on analysis and insights from the current system, and explores the challenges and opportunities presented by STPs for accountability in the NHS. It is based on 13 interviews with senior CCG leaders and NHS England policy makers which took place in September 2016.
The report also explores how commissioners and providers respond to different approaches to accountability and performance management. The report then considers the implications of this learning for the future development of STPs, accountable care organisations and accountable care systems.
Full report: A two-way street: what can CCGs teach us about accountability in STPs?
Related Nuffield Trust blog: Staying accountable: NHS leadership in hard times
Reconfiguration of NHS services (England) | The House of Commons Library
This document summarises recent policy developments and trends, the involvement of the public and local authorities in the reconfiguration process, and the major drivers of change.