Pathfinder bulletin – January 2012

In this month’s issue:


Welcome from Barbara Hakin

Dame Barbara Hakin Welcome to a short, special issue of the Pathfinder bulletin – the regular email communication for all emerging clinical commissioning groups.

In this special issue we are focusing on the new NHS Commissioning Board Authority’s publication of its organisation structure and other papers from the forthcoming board meeting.

Normal service will resume next month when we will continue to bring you the latest news, guidance and information about all aspects of the commissioning development work programme.

Kind regards,
Barbara

Dame Barbara Hakin, National Managing Director of Commissioning Development

Designing the NHS Commissioning Board Authority
Design of the NHS Commissioning Board, a document that sets out proposals for the organisational design, structure and ways of working for the future NHS Commissioning Board, has been published on the NHS Commissioning Board Authority (NHS CBA) website today, ahead of the NHS CBA board meeting on 2 February.

Following a detailed design process over several months, including engagement with key stakeholders, the proposals show how the Board aims to build a strong, patient-focused, clinically-led organisation that has the culture and leadership to give a national focus on improving outcomes for patients.

The document sets out detailed recommendations for:

  • How the Board will operate through a matrix working approach
  • The design of each of the Board’s nine directorates, including the sectors and local offices
  • Next steps

There are a significant number of NHS staff affected by these proposals and the document starts to give clarity to those people who are affected by the changes to the health and social care system.

The NHS CBA is now planning to carry out more detailed work on its core processes and priorities and the future shape of clinical networks. SHAs will also be carrying out further work with key stakeholders in order to make recommendations to the Board on the location of local offices and commissioning support services.

Commissioning development documents
A number of documents about the commissioning development programme have also been published today, ahead of the NHS Commissioning Board Authority board meeting where they will be discussed and formally ratified. These include:

  • Towards establishment: Creating responsive and accountable clinical commissioning groups. This guidance intends to support GP practices, and all those they work with, to work through the arrangements they need to put in place in order to apply to the NHS Commissioning Board to be established as a clinical commissioning group.
  • Developing commissioning support: Towards service excellence. This guidance is designed to assist the set-up of locally sensitive, customer-focused support services for CCGs and describes the assurance processes required to establish commissioning support organisations.
  • Developing clinical commissioning groups: Towards authorisation. This document was first published in September last year and sets out the thinking to help emerging CCGs consider the steps towards authorisation.

Each of these documents and their appendices can be downloaded from the NHS CBA website.

The board meeting
Public meetings of the board of the NHS Commissioning Board Authority are held regularly. Members of the public are welcome to attend and observe the meetings.

The next board meeting will take place at 10.30am on Thursday 2 February 2012 at Quarry House, Quarry Hill in Leeds. If you would like to attend please send your name and contact details to geraldine.mccarry@nhs.net by 5pm on Wednesday 1 February. Alternatively you may be interested to know that the meeting will be broadcast live on the NHS CBA website from 10.30am to 12pm. Recordings of each agenda item will then be uploaded separately within the following few days.

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