Understanding value for money and QALYs

Money well spent – assessing the cost effectiveness and return on investment of public health investments – a briefing from the LGA for councillors and officers explaining the importance of assessing value for money in helping local authorities fulfil their public health responsibilities. Includes useful examples of the use of QALYs.

This resource has been added to the Commissioning cycle – Deciding priorities page of the Commissioning Handbook for Librarians.

Don’t forget to send us your suggestions for the Handbook.

British Thoracic Society resources added

The British Thoracic Society (BTS) website includes a collection of BTS guidelines and links to NICE Quality standards around respiratory conditions,  and a collection of implementation tools for the delivery of respiratory care.

This resource has been added to the Commissioning resources for diseases and conditions- Respiratory conditions page of the Commissioning Handbook for Librarians.

Don’t forget to send your suggestions for the Handbook.

Commissioning Handbook for Librarians relaunched 18 October 2013

The Commissioning Handbook for Librarians has been relaunched at a Commissioning Workshop for Librarians attended by over 30 medical librarians from across England, giving NHS librarians an updated tool to facilitate their work with commissioners.

The handbook will continue to be managed and developed collaboratively by NHS LKS staff throughout the country with the support of HEE Library & Knowledge Services Leads (LKSL) Service Development Group (formerly SHaLL.)

Health website changes on 1 April 2013

One of the obvious changes resulting form the organisational changes which took place on 1 April, are the changes to government websites. A number have been taken down, and many others are changing. Here are some of the changes most important to librarians supporting commissioners.

  • The Department of Health website is now part of gov.uk. While some dh.gov.uk links have been redirected, many have not.
  • Most DH microsites will be transferred to gov.uk.
  • Contents of the DH Transparency website have been transferred to the data gov website http://www.data.gov.uk/publisher/department-of-health and a number of key statistical resources are listed here: http://www.england.nhs.uk/statistics/statistical-work-areas/
  • It is unclear how the DH Modernisation website will be affected.
  • NHS Commissioning Board website has been relabelledwww.england.nhs.uk   and links are being redirected.
  • Resources on the NHS Institute and NHS Improvement will be available for a limited time after April 1st.
  • A new organisation within NHS England – NHS Improving Quality – will draw on work done by a number of legacy organisations including NHS Improvement, NHS Institute for Innovation & Improvement, National End of Life Care Programme, National Cancer Action Team, NHS Diabetes and Kidney Care
  • Public health observatories are now part of Public Health England. Future location of the PHO resources is as yet unclear, but currently they are still available on the APHO site
  • RightCare – “All existing products of Right Care (Atlases of Variation, Right Care Casebooks, Tools, Health Investment Packs and other publications) will remain accessible from the Right Care website until further notice.”

These changes will mean that some of the links in the Handbook are broken – please bear with us while we update these links.