The NHS Commissioning Board (NHS CB), plays a key role in the Government’s vision to modernise the health service with the key aim of securing the best possible health outcomes for patients by prioritising them in every decision it makes.

Formally established as an independent body, at arm’s length to the Government, on 1 October 2012, it will carry forward the preparatory work begun as the NHS Commissioning Board Authority while taking on initial statutory responsibilities.  The most notable of these responsibilities being the authorisation of clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) which are the drivers of the new, clinically-led commissioning system introduced by the Health and Social Care Act.

The NHS Commissioning Board will take up its full statutory duties and responsibilities on 1 April 2013. Read more about the NHS CB.

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62 new clinical commissioning groups given green light to take control of NHS budgets

NHS Commissioning Board authorises third wave of clinical commissioning groups, taking total to 163, serving 42 million people Local clinicians have now been given the green light to take control of the NHS budget in more than three quarters of … Read more → – 62 new clinical commissioning groups given green light to take control of NHS budgets

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Have your say on the narrative for person-centred, coordinated care

There is still time to have your say on the narrative for person-centred, coordinated care by the end of the month. Under the Health and Social Care Act 2012, the NHS Commissioning Board (NHS CB) and clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) … Read more → – Have your say on the narrative for person-centred, coordinated care

Patient-led assessments of the care environment (PLACE)

Today Jane Cummings, Chief Nursing Officer for England, has written to NHS leaders introducing the new system for assessing the quality of the hospital environment from April 2013.  Patient-led assessments of the care environment (PLACE) is the new system for … Read more → – Patient-led assessments of the care environment (PLACE)

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Offender health care IT services: Operating model published

The NHS Commissioning Board (NHS CB) has today published a document setting out setting out how the management of IT systems will be organised for offender health care from April 2013. Securing Excellence in IT Services Operating model for offender … Read more → – Offender health care IT services: Operating model published

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Local Authorities – Health and Wellbeing Boards and Health Scrutiny Regulations

The Local Authority (Public Health, Health and Wellbeing Boards and Health Scrutiny) Regulations 2013 have now been published. The publication of these regulations provide a step forward in enabling local authorities to finalise local preparations for health and wellbeing boards … Read more → – Local Authorities – Health and Wellbeing Boards and Health Scrutiny Regulations

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Securing Excellence in Commissioning NHS Dental Services

The NHS Commissioning Board (NHS CB) has today published Securing Excellence in Commissioning NHS Dental Services. From April 2013, the NHS CB will take commissioning responsibility from primary care trusts for all NHS dental services: primary, community and secondary, including … Read more → – Securing Excellence in Commissioning NHS Dental Services

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Sir Bruce Keogh announces final list of outliers

On 6 February, in response to a request from the Prime Minister, Sir Bruce Keogh (the Medical Director) announced an investigation into hospitals that are persistent outliers on mortality indicators. Sir Bruce identified an initial list of five organisations that … Read more → – Sir Bruce Keogh announces final list of outliers

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Bulletin for proposed CCGs: Issue 28, 7 February 2013

Contents Welcome from Barbara Hakin NHS Commissioning Board responds to the Francis Report 2013/14 NHS Standard Contract published Consultation on 2014/15 CCG Outcomes Indicator Set CCG VAT registration NHAIS / GP Payments Changes to quality accounts reporting arrangements for 2012/13 … Read more → – Bulletin for proposed CCGs: Issue 28, 7 February 2013

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David Nicholson message on the Francis report

The publication of the Francis report into the failures at Mid Staffordshire NHS Trust is an important moment for the NHS. The only acceptable legacy is that the NHS learns and changes. In this video NHS Commissioning Board Chief Executive … Read more → – David Nicholson message on the Francis report

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Professor Sir Bruce Keogh to investigate hospital outliers

As announced in today’s Prime Ministerial statement on the Francis Report, Professor Sir Bruce Keogh is to lead an investigation into hospitals that are persistent outliers in hospital performance and provide practical support. Full terms of reference for the investigation, … Read more → – Professor Sir Bruce Keogh to investigate hospital outliers

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