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This publication is based on sessions reviewing attempts to create
markets in public services in four key areas: welfare-to-work, social
care, health care and local government. It highlights high level lessons
aimed at those either currently operating public service markets, or
those seeking to extend them. It forms part of the broader work on
political transitions, policy successes and recent work with The King’s
Fund on the lessons of the coalition’s legislative process to reform the
This dear colleague letter announces newly available funding to
develop digital services that improve patient care and can be used to
share information more easily across the NHS. Funded projects are
expected to lead to a successful deployment and use of solutions based
on the NHS interoperability toolkit. The ISCF is open to eligible NHS
This provisional guidance describes the arrangements for preventing,
planning for and responding to health protection incidents and outbreaks
within the new system, focusing on those which do not require
mobilisation of a multi-agency response under the Civil Contingencies
Act 2004 (CCA). It also gives further details about the nature of the
local authorities’ planned new duty to protect the health of the
This report presents the key findings from the 2011/12 programme,
which includes reviews of commissioner arrangements to secure good data
quality on the information that underpins PbR, audits of inpatient
clinical coding and the key data set that supports payment under PbR at
acute NHS trusts and foundation trusts, and following up on
recommendations made in previous audits to see how well NHS trusts and
foundation trusts have delivered.
This letter from Sir David Nicholson sets out the new approval
process to be followed when making a termination payment to very senior
managers (VSMs) employed by primary care trusts (PCTs). It clarifies
the process for all VSMs employed by strategic health authorities and
This publication highlights the data sources available to help NHS
organisations assess patient experience of integrated care locally, as
no single bespoke measure is currently available. This comes in response
to the NHS Future Forum's recommendations that new patient experience
measures should be developed to evaluate patients’ experiences across
whole journeys of care.
The practice profiles aim to enable commissioners to compare the
relative quality of their providers, to enable providers to benchmark
their performance against the national average, and to share with
patients and the public information on the quality of the services being
provided. Quality profiles have also been published for CCGs. They fit
into the new commissioning architecture of the NHS, and aim to support
the patient information revolution by putting this information freely
and transparently into the public domain.
This guide focuses on black and minority ethnic (BME) voluntary and
community organisations (VCOs), which are designed and delivered by and
for the users and communities they aim to serve, and often have to
address complex needs. This guide outlines how specialist services can
offer a means through which to deliver the holistic approach required to
meet the multiple needs of a group of individuals.
This study scopes the evidence on good practice in social care for
disabled and older people with severe and complex needs, and to find out
what this group consider to be key features of good support. It also
identifies examples of potential good practice and makes recommendations
for future evaluation.