The week: issue 224

‘The Operating Framework for the NHS in England 2012/13’ was launched today at the NHS Chief Executives Conference in London. This week’s edition includes a link to the Operating Framework along with a number of new consultations and publications.

Download ‘the week’: issue 224, 18 – 24 November 2011 (PDF, 101K)
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On the agenda

The Operating Framework for the NHS in England 2012/13

The Operating Framework for the NHS in England 2012/13, published on 24 November 2011, sets out the business and planning arrangements for the NHS. It describes the national priorities, system levers and enablers needed for NHS organisations to maintain and improve the quality of services provided, while delivering transformational change and maintaining financial stability.

It also sets out the practical steps that need to be taken to carry the NHS through a strong and stable transition over the next year, maintaining high quality standards and financial grip, as we move towards the new modernised system envisaged in Liberating the NHS.

Further information on the new NHS operating framework

Policy news

1. Prescribing and dispensing information systems
2. National Portfolio, Programme & Project Management (P3M) resource centre

Consultations and evaluations

3. Caring for our future social care engagement

Publications

4. ASCOF Handbook of Definitions
5. New approaches to supporting carers’ health and wellbeing

Conferences and events

i. what’s new

No news this week

ii. places still available

No news this week

Patient safety alerts

Refer to website below

Extra notes

Chief executives are reminded that all communications requiring the attention of NHS and local authority management must include a Gateway reference number. In order to streamline the number of communications issued by the Department, these will continue to be summarised in ‘the week’ every Thursday.

Policy news

1. Prescribing & Dispensing Information Systems
(Gateway reference number: 16862)
The Business Services Authority are undertaking a project to modernise the prescribing and dispensing information systems provided by NHS Prescription Services. The project will be in two parts:  Phase one complete for the beginning of 2012/13 and phase two begins in 2013/14.

Action: NHS chief executives are asked to note the modernisation of the prescribing and dispensing information systems and consider whether they wish to be involved in the user group.

Read more at the NHS Business Services Authority

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2. National Portfolio, Programme & Project Management (P3M) resource centre
(Gateway reference number: 16938)
A new resource from the Department of Health’s Informatics Capability Development team has launched which brings together support materials and tools to improve portfolio, programme and project management (P3M) practice and skills in the NHS. The centre can be used by staff and organisations to assess and develop P3M capability.

Action: NHS chief executives will wish to review and discuss with their programme and project teams for action where appropriate.

Read more at the P3M Resource Centre

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Consultations and evaluations

3. Caring for our future social care engagement
(Gateway reference number: 16936)
The second of four workshops took place this week which brought together discussion leaders from the care and support community and reference group members, to review the insight collected to date as part of the Caring for our future engagement exercise.

Action: DASSs in particular are encouraged to review the published workshop summaries online and feedback their views by 2 December 2011 at ‘Caring for our future’

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Publications

4. ASCOF Handbook of Definitions
(Gateway reference number: 16814)
The Adult Social Care Outcomes Framework  (ASCOF) articulates the outcomes which matter most to users of social care in England and enables benchmarking between local authorities. A new version of the supporting Handbook of Definitions, which defines each framework measure to promote consistent reporting and interpretation, was published on 23 November 2011.

Action: PCT chairs will wish to consider the relevance of the updated handbook to their organisations and discuss with staff as they feel appropriate.

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5. New approaches to supporting carers’ health and wellbeing
(Gateway reference number: 16931)
This evaluation of the National Carers’ Strategy Demonstrator Sites programme 2009-2011 explores the work of 25 DH-funded projects which provided carers with breaks, health checks and better NHS support. It provides detailed evidence on innovation, effective practice, partnerships and engaging and involving carers.

Action: NHS chief executives will wish to study this report and discuss the implications with those who commission and provide services for carers.

Read the evaluation at the Centre for International Research on Care

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Conferences and events

i. what’s new

No news this week

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ii. places still available

No news this week

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Patient safety alerts

The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) has sent the NHS the latest medical device alerts in the link below. NHS trusts are expected to take the specified action by the date given.

MHRA Medical Device Alerts

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Unless otherwise stated, guidance referred to in the bulletin has not been commissioned or endorsed by the Department of Health ? it is evidence that organisations and professionals may find helpful in improving practice. The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence is the Department’s provider of accredited evidence and guidance, which can be found on the Institute’s website

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