Organisations that support commissioners

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See Commissioning and the Health and Social Care Act 2012 for the key government organisations created by the NHS reorganisation (eg NHS England).

There are many professional organisations providing commissioning information relating to their specialist area – see Commissioning for specific diseases or conditions.

Key organisations (alphabetical order):

Commissioning Support Units (CSUs)
Commissioning Support Units [originally known as Commissioning Support Services (CSSs)] were created as part of the reorganisation under the Health & Social Care Act 2012. This gave CCGs have a choice of where they procure their management support services. They bring the non-clinical skills and knowledge of the commissioning process together in a way that frees up clinicians to use their strengths to focus on leading local change.  Following the implementation of the Lead Provider Framework the following Commissioning Support Units are available to CCGs:

Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC)
The Department of Health and Social Care leads, shapes and funds health and care in England, making sure people have the support, care and treatment they need, with the compassion, respect and dignity they deserve. Although much of the work relating to commissioning is carried out by NHS England, the DH also produces relevant documents. Their website lists their current policies and associated documents – NHS, Social care, Public health and Public safety and emergencies- and statistical resources.

NHS Digital formerly Health & Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC)and before that NHS Information Centre (NHS IC). The national data, information and technology resource for the health and care system.  Topics include: Data quality, Hospital care,Illnesses and conditions,Mental health,Patient experience, Prescribing,Primary care services, Public health,Social care, and Workforce. Many of the key indicators are available through the Indicator Portal including:

  • Adult Social Care – The latest figures for the Adult Social Care Outcomes Framework (ASCOF) for 2016-17 were released in October 2017. In total, there are 26 measures which are designed to enable users to compare the effectiveness of care delivered by councils responsible for adult social care services in England.
  • Clinical Commissioning Group Outcomes Indicator Set – The CCG Outcomes Indicator Set (CCG OIS) is an important part of NHS England’s systematic approach to quality improvement.
  • Compendium of Population Health Indicators – A wide-ranging collection of over 1,000 indicators designed to provide a comprehensive overview of population health at a national, regional and local level.
  • NHS Outcomes Framework – The NHS Outcomes Framework (NHS OF) provides national level accountability for the outcomes the NHS delivers.
  • Seven-day Services – These are experimental statistics which provide information on how we can effectively measure both improvement and variation in care provision across the week.
  • Summary Hospital-level Mortality Indicator (SHMI) – The Summary Hospital-level Mortality Indicator (SHMI) reports on mortality at trust level across the NHS in England using a standard and transparent methodology. It is produced and published quarterly as a National Statistic by NHS Digital.
  • UK Genetic Testing Network (UKGTN) – The UK Genetic Testing Network (UKGTN) is a national advisory organisation for NHS clinical genetic testing services, aiming to promote equity of access to genetic testing for clinical purposes within the NHS.

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King’s Fund
The King’s Fund is an independent charity working to improve health and health care in England. It helps ‘shape policy and practice through research and analysis; develop individuals, teams and organisations; promote understanding of the health and social care system; and bring people together to learn, share knowledge and debate’. The website includes the King Fund Library database and a commissioning section.

NHS RightCare
Hosted by NHS England NHS RightCare  diagnose the issues and identify the opportunities with data, evidence and intelligence, develop solutions, guidance and innovation and deliver improvements for patients, populations and systems.  Importantly they provide atlases of variation, CCG, STP datapacks, casebooks, pathways and long term care scenarios.

National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE)
NICE produces guidance to help health and social care professionals deliver the best possible care based on the best available evidence. NICE supports clinical commissioning groups from practical support for commissioning to advice on the use of social value judgements in resource prioritisation. It produces a range of resources that are of interest to commissioners across health and social care. Key resources created by NICE include:

NHS Benchmarking Network “benchmarking and knowledge exchange to identify, share and promote excellent and innovative practice” Some material is subscriber only.

NHS Clinical Commissioners “the independent membership service that has been established as the collective voice of CCGs through a partnership between the NHS Alliance, National Association of Primary Care and NHS Confederation.”

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Nuffield Trust
The Nuffield Trust is an independent source of evidence-based research and policy analysis for improving health care in the UK. It aims to help provide the evidence base for better health care. The work programme focuses on a number of key areas including commissioning.

Primary Care Commissioning (PCC)
An independent provider of practical, expert support to commissioners and general practices.

Public Health England
Public Health England (PHE) works with national and local government, industry and the NHS to protect and improve the nation’s health and support healthier choices. It supports local authorities who lead on improving health and coordinating local efforts to protect the public’s health and wellbeing.

RCGP Centre for Commissioning
A range of resources offering practical guidance for GPs including competencies.

Social Care Institute for Excellence
SCIE is an independent charity working with adults, families and children’s social care and social work services. It gathers and analyses knowledge about what works and translate that knowledge into practical resources, learning materials and services including training and consultancy. There is a commissioning section on its website of particular interest to those involved in joint commissioning, mental health, learning disability and integrated care working with local authorities

The Health Foundation
n independent charity committed to bringing about better health and health care for people in the UK, they produce key reports on UK health policy.

SPH – Solutions for Public Health
A not-for-profit NHS public health organisation which works across a broad range of areas including outcomes, health intelligence and commissioning.

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