This guidance is intended to protect patients, taxpayers and staff covering health services in which there is a direct state interest. It comes into force on 1 June 2017 | NHS England
This guidance aims to strengthen the management of conflicts of interest within the NHS and to ensure transparent and accountable health care. The guidance permits NHS staff to receive small tokens or gifts but will require them to decline anything that could be seen to affect their professional judgement. It will also be standard practice for NHS commitments to take precedence over private practice, and for any member of staff – clinical or non-clinical – to declare outside employment and the details of where and when this takes place although not earnings at this stage.
The new agreement includes an increased focus on tailored annual reviews offered to frail pensioners, and an increase in the number of health checks for people with learning disabilities. The new contract also includes provisions to encourage practices to expand access and not to close for half-a-day a week.
The contract, to take effect from 01 April 2017, will see investment of around £238 million going into the contract for 2017/18. In addition, £157 million from a previous earmarked scheme will be transferred into core GP funding so that family doctors can be more flexible in how they care for the most frail.
£101 million of new funding to support and spread the work of the new care model vanguards | NHS England
The vanguards are partnerships of NHS, local government, voluntary, community and other organisations that are implementing plans to improve the healthcare people receive, prevent ill health and save funds.
Considerable progress has been made since the vanguards were launched in 2015 and there is emerging evidence that they are making significant improvements at a local level. This includes reducing pressure on busy GP and A&E services.
In addition to the funding, the vanguards will continue to receive support from NHS England and other national bodies to implement their plans, including how they harness new technology including apps and shared computer systems. They are also receiving help to develop their workforce so that it is organised around patients and their local populations.
Sustainability and Transformation Plans (STPs) are central to this process and all bids should be explicitly linked to the relevant local STP plans. This process is open to any STP, although individual organisations or alliances may bid on behalf of an STP for this funding; submission of applications must be via STPs.
Paul Baumann, NHS England’s chief financial officer, and Professor Jane Cummings, NHS England’s chief nursing officer, have launched a new national NHS continuing healthcare strategic improvement programme.
A collaborative engagement method will be at the centre of the programme’s approach. The NHS England team will work with CCGs to identify best practice and explore new approaches to improve NHS continuing healthcare.
Click here to read the joint letter published to launch the new national transformation programme
The NHS Standard Contract is mandated by NHS England for use by commissioners for all contracts for healthcare services other than primary care.
The Contract (in full-length and shorter-form versions) has now been updated from the 2016/17 to the 2017/18 – 2018/19 version. A summary of the changes we have made to the Contracts can be found in section 3 of the NHS Standard Contract Technical Guidance and in the Summary of key changes documents below.
The full –length NHS Standard Contract 2017/18-2018/19 comprises three parts: