If you are looking for prescribing data at GP practice or CCG level, try OpenPrescribing. The site uses data from NHS Digital but it is presented in a really user friendly format, allowing you to track at GP practice or CCG level.
A note has been added to the Datasets page.
BMJ has done some investigation into referral management systems through FOI requests. It is hoped that these schemes will reduce costs and improve the quality of referrals. Of the 184 CCGs that responded, 72 (39%) said that they currently commissioned some form of referral management scheme.
NHS Improvement has recently published a number of documents relating to safer staffing in different service areas across the NHS – see them here.
This link has been added to the Staffing levels and Skill Mix Hot Topic page. Do you know of any other useful resources we could add?
NHS Improvement has updated its improvement resources for safer staffing –
These have been added to the Safer staffing Hot Topic page.
Effective commissioning for falls and fracture prevention will reduce demand and improve quality and outcomes. A consensus statement published by PHE compiled by the National Falls Prevention Coordination Group – Falls and fracture consensus statement: supporting commissioning for prevention – brings together proven approaches to interventions and activities which help to prevent falls and fractures but which are currently not always managed effectively.
Added to the Older People section of the Resources for Specific Populations page.
In these days of increasing integration with the SPTs the Integration resource library from the LGA will be very useful. It includes definitions, FAQs, tools and resources to support the development of local integrated health and care services.
Also, I found a series of reports from Optimy Advisory on Outcomes Based Contracting, published in 2015 but potentially still useful. Topics include System Readiness, Business Case, Outcome Measures, Business Intelligence, Payment and Reimbursement and Governance. See the series here.
For those involved in end of life care/palliative care this new Knowledge Hub will be of interest:
Ambitions for Palliative and End of Life Care
“A knowledge hub where you can find resources, such as assessment tools, useful information, best practice examples and case studies, that will help you implement the Ambitions framework.” Many of the resources have been transferred from the NHS IQ and the End of Life Care Facilitators’ Network websites.
Now listed on the Specific Conditions page.
Social prescribing is in the news at the moment as a way of linking patients in primary care with sources of support within the community.
The suggested search strategies and key documents suggested by members of the LIS Medical mailing list are available on a new Hot Topic page – Social Prescribing.
Thames Valley Strategic Clinical Networks publishes an annual compilation of Commissioning Guidance & Case Studies covering a wide range of specialisms including LTCs, end of life care, maternity, children, cardiovascular, cancer, neurological conditions and mental health. The Guidance bring national priorities and thought leadership to the local context, benchmarking systems and providing recommendations for action. It distills not only ‘what to do’ but also ‘how to do it’ with best practice examples and sources of help.
While the data and examples are taken from the Thames Valley area, the resources will be of general interest.
The 2016-17 Guidance is available here commissioninguidance.tvscn.nhs.uk.
NHS England has published a Demand Management: Good Practice Guide which gives a list of initiatives and actions that CCGs should implement locally to effectively manage the increasing demand for elective care services, in particular reduce unnecessary outpatient appointments.
The guide outlines the elements CCGs are expected to include in their approach to demand management:
- Peer Review of Referrals
- Shared Decision Making
- Advice and Guidance
- Alternatives to Outpatient Appointments
- Consultant-to Consultant Referral Protocols
- Direct Access to Diagnostics
- Management and Monitoring of Outpatient
- Follow up Appointments
This has been added to the Demand Management Hot Topic page.