We’ve produced this policy in response to requests from providers and wider health systems for guidance and support in producing their own elective access policies | NHS Improvement
The purpose of this policy is to ensure all patients requiring access to outpatient appointments, diagnostics and elective inpatient or day-case treatment are managed in line with national waiting time standards and the NHS Constitution.
- is designed to ensure the management of elective patient access to services is transparent, fair, equitable and managed according to clinical priorities
- sets out the principles and rules for managing patients through their elective care pathway
- applies to all clinical and administrative staff, and services relating to elective patient access at the trust
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The Nuffield Trust has published Learning from Scotland’s NHS.
This report aims to identify how health care in Scotland is different, where its approach seems to solve problems being faced elsewhere in the UK, and whether that approach could be transplanted to England, Wales and Northern Ireland. It also assesses whether there are areas where Scotland could learn from its peers.
The full report can be downloaded here
Regulatory provisions for the government’s business impact target to reduce regulation on business | Department of Health
The Department of Health’s regulatory bodies must publish an assessment of their impacts on business as part of the government’s Business Impact Target (BIT).
The policy objectives of the Business Impact Target are:
- reduce regulatory burdens on business and voluntary or community bodies, to free up resources and boost productivity
- increase transparency around the impact of regulation on business
- provide greater incentives for regulators to design and deliver policies that better meet the needs of business
Under section 24A of the Small Business and Enterprise and Employment Act, listed regulators must publish:
- their qualifying regulatory provisions (QRPs)
- an assessment of the economic impact on business of those QRPs
- a summary of regulatory provisions that are not qualifying regulatory provisions (NQRPs)
The above must be agreed and validated by the Regulatory Policy Committee.
Read the full policy paper here
The Better Care Fund will provide financial support for councils and NHS organisations to jointly plan and work together to deliver local services.
This document sets out the story of integration of health, social care and other public services, and provides an overview of related policy initiatives and legislation.
It is intended for use by those responsible for delivering the Better Care Fund at a local level (such as clinical commissioning groups, local authorities, health and wellbeing boards) and NHS England.
It includes the policy framework for the implementation of the statutory Better Care Fund in 2017 to 2019, which was first announced in the government’s Spending Review of 2013 and established in the Care Act 2014.
It also sets out proposals for going beyond the Fund towards further integration by 2020.
The Social Care Institute for Excellence’s report, Integration 2020: Scoping research, has also been published.
Full paper: Integration and Better Care Fund Policy Framework 2017 to 2019
NHS Confederation has published What comes into force in April 2017?
This briefing summarises new measures, requirements and legislative changes coming into force this month that will affect NHS organisations, staff, patients and service users across England. It covers arm’s length bodies, charges, e-prescribing, finance, general practice, innovation, integration, personal health budgets, quality, reconfiguration and workforce.
NHS England has published Next steps on the NHS Five Year Forward View.
This document reviews the progress made since the launch of the NHS Five Year Forward View in October 2014 and sets out a series of practical and realistic steps for the NHS to deliver a better, more joined-up service with the aim of a more responsive NHS in England in the future.
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NHS Clinical Commissioners responds to Next steps on the NHS Five Year Forward View
Devo-health: where next? | Institute for Public Policy Research
This report provides a comprehensive overview of the devolution of health policy to date, and the directions it could take in future. It presents the evidence for how ‘devo-health’ could allow integration within and beyond the NHS, and act as a catalyst to much-needed reform.