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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NHS finances and consultant productivity

The Health Foundation has published A year of plenty? An analysis of NHS finances and consultant productivity.

This report analyses the finances of NHS providers and the consultant productivity of acute NHS hospitals, drawing on their annual accounts from 2009/10 to 2015/16 and links this to wider NHS data. It shows that NHS providers saw relatively little of the income growth for the NHS as a whole, and that productivity for consultants and the wider workforce in acute hospitals has been falling.

CCGs warned over withholding payments from mental health providers

NHS England & NHS Improvement | Published online: 8 November 2016

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This document provides technical guidance on how providers and commissioners can link locally agreed quality and outcome measures to payment. It has been developed to support mental health providers and commissioners to implement the new requirements under the 2017-19 local pricing rules. It is aimed at all those professionals in provider and commissioner organisations who need to work together to successfully link quality and outcome measures to payment – this includes clinicians, finance and contracting professionals and senior management.

Read the full guidance here

Mental health provider views about digital technologies in day-to-day practice

Betton, V. The Mental Elf Blog. Published online: 27 September 2016

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The use of digital technologies such as Internet sites and mobile applications, have received much hype in recent years, both in mental health and the NHS more widely. Opinions on these technologies vary; and those with extreme viewpoints see them as either a panacea to overstretched services or as undermining the primacy of the face-to-face patient/clinician relationship.

A recent open access study endeavoured to dig beneath the hype by seeking to understand the opportunities and challenges posed by the use of digital technologies from the perspective of mental health providers. As someone who runs an NHS digital innovation programme, I see how practitioners are often overlooked in the development process. This is a big problem because those same practitioners are often critical in influencing the take-up and use of digital technologies by patients. So understanding digital technologies from a practitioner perspective is a welcome addition to research in this field.

Read the full blog post here

Building integrated public services

Turning Point and Collaborate have published Moving from the margins: the challenges of building integrated local services.

This discussion paper looks at the challenges of building integrated local services.  Aimed at policymakers, commissioners and providers of public services, the paper argues that local integrated services should be at the heart of social and public reforms in the NHS, local government and criminal justice system.

Additional link: Turning point press release