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Policy guidance on the Public Services (Social Value) Act 2012

The Cabinet Office has recently published a policy note on The Public Services (Social Value) Act 2012. The Act will comes into force on 31st January and principally places a requirement on commissioners to consider the economic, environmental and social … Read more → – Policy guidance on the Public Services (Social Value) Act 2012

Steps set out for greater patient involvement and more choice

The Government’s response to its consultation on proposals for greater patient involvement and more choice was published on 13 December 2012. For the first time, people who use mental health services will get more choice about where and how they … Read more → – Steps set out for greater patient involvement and more choice

Implementing the Cancer Outcomes and Services Dataset Information Standard

Mike Richards, the National Cancer Director, has written to update NHS Trusts, NHS Foundation Trusts and other independent sector providers of NHS cancer services on implementation activities for the Cancer Outcomes and Services Dataset, and to remind NHS providers of … Read more → – Implementing the Cancer Outcomes and Services Dataset Information Standard

Contractual ‘duty of candour’ to drive a more open NHS culture

New rules to toughen transparency of NHS services and increase patient confidence have been announced on 30 November 2012 by Health Minister Dr Dan Poulter following a public consultation. The government will create regulations that require the NHS Commissioning Board … Read more → – Contractual ‘duty of candour’ to drive a more open NHS culture

Response to the consultation on local authority health scrutiny

The response to the consultation on local authority health scrutiny is now available. The report provides an overview and analysis of the responses received, the Department’s comments and the action the Department intends to take to address the points raised. … Read more → – Response to the consultation on local authority health scrutiny

NHS Commissioning Board Mandate published

The first Mandate between the Government and the NHS Commissioning Board, setting out the ambitions for the health service for the next two years, was published on 13th November. The Mandate reaffirms the Government’s commitment to an NHS that remains … Read more → – NHS Commissioning Board Mandate published

Personal health budgets

The Mandate to the NHS Commissioning Board, published in November 2012, states that patients who could benefit will have the option to hold their own personal health budget, subject to the results of the evaluation. For children with disabilities there … Read more → – Personal health budgets

Providers urged to get ready for the Friends and Family Test

From April 2013, all providers of NHS-funded acute inpatient services and A&E departments need to be carrying out the ‘Friends and Family Test’ (FFT). This will be a contractual requirement. The Department of Health is urging providers to make sure … Read more → – Providers urged to get ready for the Friends and Family Test

NHS TDA moves closer to full powers

The NHS Trust Development Authority (NHS TDA) is gearing up to take on its full responsibilities this coming April, after agreeing arrangements to work more closely with Strategic Health Authorities (SHAs) over the next four months. The new body will … Read more → – NHS TDA moves closer to full powers

New Cancer Decision Support Tools

In February a new pilot, led by Macmillan Cancer Support, will be launched to promote the use of an electronic cancer decision support tool in general practice. These tools are designed to assess the risk of a patient having an … Read more → – New Cancer Decision Support Tools