Some new resources added to the Handbook

These resources have been added to the Commissioning Handbook recently –

Commissioning for outcomes: Driving the delivery of value based care – this 2 page briefing from the OBC Alliance describes the shift from episodic to outcomes based contracting.

HIV, sexual and reproductive health current issues bulletin issue 3: commissioning HIV services (February 2014)

Telecare and Telehealth – a game changer for health and social care –  report from Deloitte UK Centre for Health Solutions (2012) which provides a synopsis of the available evidence on the costs and benefits of telecare and telehealth.

Developing new approaches to contracting for integrated care papers from a PWC workshop February 2014. Includes presentations on commissioning for outcomes and Innovative contracting models from the Outcomes Based Commissioning Alliance.

Integrated care value case toolkit a toolkit including a series of value case studies, a modelling tool, tools for overcoming barriers to integrated care and a Searchable evidence Database of Integrated Care Initiatives. 

Thanks to all who have suggested resources.

New approach to cancer care commissioning

With the recent wobbles in prime contractor procurement in Bedfordshire and Oxfordshire, the tender from four CCGs in Staffordshire and Stoke on Trent for cancer and end of life care will be watched closely.

Transforming Cancer Care is new approach to cancer and end of life care services using a two-stage, ten-year contract.  Stage 1 (up to two years) requires a prime provider/service integrator to manage the contracts for all the services along existing cancer care pathways. In stage 2 the provider will assume responsibility for managing the provision of cancer care. 

It is interesting to note that the official TED tender for this multimillion pound contract is headed United Kingdom-Cambridge: Accounting system which is not very informative!

New Hot Topic – Integrated services

Integrated services is a key policy of the current government, affecting how health and social care services are commissioned,  delivered and measured.

A new Hot Topic page – Integrated services – brings together key policies, evidence and case studies.

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Pioneering new approaches to delivering integrated care

The Integrated Care and Support Pioneers programme is a key programme in the government’s push to support integration of health and social care services. The  fourteen initiatives selected aim to provide evidence to support delivery of a range of different approaches to coordinated care.

As well as a map of case studies and evidence library the  ICASE (Integrated Care and Support Exchange)  is an exchange forum for those involved in developing integrated care.


Integrated care pilots

Where is the evidence for promoting integrated care?

There are a range of health and social care integration pilots currently active being encouraged by government initiatives. This HSJ  article (12 February 2014 Subscription requiredincludes links to HSJ articles describing some of the key pilots.

New Hot Topic – Provider procurement models

The new outcomes based contracting model proposed in Oxford has been hitting the headlines recently – if someone asked you to find out about it where would you look?

See the new Hot Topic page on Provider Procurement Models in the Handbook to find out about the models described in the latest NHS  Standard Contract including Lead Providers and the Oxford CCG case study.

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Map of Medicine referral management editorial

Map of medicine provide a referral management function – their editorial paper Having it all: efficient and high quality referral management (Jan 2014) includes articles from guest contributors who share their perspectives on the referral process is available on request.


Intermediate care – benchmarking and evidence

There are few good resources for commissioners around intermediate care. The National Audit of Intermediate Care from NHS Benchmarking is available to non subscribers to the service and includes case studies and a systematic review of the evidence around the relationship between different team characteristics and patient outcomes in intermediate care  –

Exploring Differences between Different Intermediate Care Configurations – A Review of the Literature. Dr Tony Smith et al.  NHS Benchmarking 2013.

This resource has been added to the Handbook on the Commissioning for specific service sectors page under Planned Care and Benchmarking

PHE National Intelligence networks

Public Health England Health Intelligence Networks have been developed to deliver information, data, best practice, evidence and predictive models to support strategic decision making.

The following have been added to the Commissioning Handbook page on specific diseases or conditions

Local government – what it does and how it works

A quick guide to local government for health commissioners and providers   Local Government Authority (May 2013) – A clear and succinct guide to the role and scope of local government from what they do and how they work to spending and funding.