Planning for health emergencies – government policy and publications

Planning for health emergencies – This page outlines the DH and Cabinet Office policy around emergency planning and sets out responsibilities of different bodies. There is also a list of the publications relating to the policy – eg winter planning and vaccinations.

  • This resource has been added to the Risk management  page of the Commissioning Handbook for Librarians.

A new resource centre to support self care and informed decision making

The Person-centred care resource centre is a new resource from the Health Foundation  designed to help healthcare professionals implement a more person-centred healthcare service, helping people to manage their condition more effectively and make informed decisions about their own health and care.  Current focus is on supporting people to more effectively manage and informed decision making.

  • This resource has been added to the Long Term Conditions section of the Commissioning for specific diseases or conditions   page of the Commissioning Handbook for Librarians.

News and case studies from Pulse

The GP magazine Pulse publishes news and articles on a number of commissioning topics including – Community services; Emergency admissions; Long-term conditions; Referrals and Urgent care. The pages include RSS feeds.

These topics have been added to appropriate pages across the Commissioning Handbook including

Commissioning for LKS staff workshop, 18 October 2013

The presentations given at the Commissioning for LKS staff workshop in London on 18 October are available on the  Commissioning Handbook. They include:

  • Keynote paper by Sue Lacey-Bryant – helping to understand the context and what the commissioners need from LKS
  • Engagement with commissioners – insights from MIke Rodham
  • Understanding the relationship between LKS and Commissioners– from Kieran Lamb and Lis Edwards (Cheshire & Merseyside CSU)
  • Corporate Memory for Commissioning – what it means for LKS led by Louise Goswami
  • The Commissioning Handbook past present and future – An overview of the development, transition and benefits of the Handbook from Anne Gray

Code of governance for CCGs

NHS clinical commissioning groups code of governance  (ICSA, November 2013)

“A concise governance code, to support clinicians in developing good governance arrangements and to help build and maintain public trust in clinicians and the NHS.”

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 While some links have been redirected, many have not.
  • Most DH microsites will be transferred to
  • Contents of the DH Transparency website have been transferred to the data gov website and a number of key statistical resources are listed here:
  • It is unclear how the DH Modernisation website will be affected.
  • NHS Commissioning Board website has been   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.