Keeping up to date

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There are many areas where Commissioners need to keep abreast of new publications and developments. Some of the key alerting services/organisations and their main areas of coverage of interest to commissioners are indicated below.

Updates are usually available using RSS, blog, email alert or Newsletter.

Alerts marked with an asterisk (*) are compiled by NHS Librarians or library services.

Key alerting services

Examples of News feeds and alerting services provided by NHS Library services.


Acute care

  • Monitor Update – monthly newsletter from the sector regulator for health services in England.

Commissioning – CCGs and CSUs

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Data / statistics / intelligence


  • NICE newsletters and alerts

Health Inequalities

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Horizon scanning

  • NIHR Horizon Scanning Centre – Information about emerging health technologies that may have a significant impact on patients or the provision of health services in the near future. Join the mailing list.

Leadership / Change management

Patient / clinical engagement

Primary care

  • NICE Update for primary care – see NICE Newsletters and alerts
  • GP and Practice Team – An information update from DH providing resources on health policy and practice for GPs and the primary care audience, including practice managers and nurses.
  • JournalWatch – a BMJ blog – Richard Lehman’s weekly review of medical journals – JAMA, BMJ, Lancet and NEJM, from a primary care perspective
  • The big 4 bulletin – Current contents of 4 key clinical journals – BMJ, Lancet, JAMA and NEJM
  • Behind the Headlines on NHS Choices – health stories in the news explained. RSS feed
  • Primary Care Commissioning newsletters – possible to subsribe to three newsletters: Commissioning Excellence, PCC News Practice Management and PCC News Commissioning.

Public Health / Local Authority

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  • NICE QIPP – QIPP case studies published by NICE plus briefings from Cochrane around quality and productivity. SIgn up for updates
  • QIPP alert Blog by Caroline De Brún around the QIPP agenda*

Service / pathway development or redesign


Examples of News feeds and alerting services provided by NHS Library services

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