Specialised commissioning stakeholder newsletter: Issue 2

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Specialised commissioning stakeholder newsletter: Issue 2

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Welcome to the second edition of the Specialised Commissioning Stakeholder Newsletter

Welcome to the second edition of the Specialised Commissioning Stakeholder Newsletter.

This newsletter is designed to update you on the work of the specialised commissioning task force, Clinical Reference Groups, and the newly established Patient and Public Voice Assurance Group.

If you have any suggestions on how we can improve the newsletter, or if you would like to see something specific included, please get in touch.

Specialised Commissioning Task Force update

The work of the specialised commissioning task force has been extended for a further three months, until the end of October.

Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) Tier 4 report

NHS England has published a report on CAMHS Tier 4 services and details of the steps it is taking to prevent children and young people being transferred to hospitals, long distances from their home. These services, which look after some of the most complex mental health cases in the young, were the subject of a Health Select Committee hearing on 15 July.

Hospitals selected to provide specialist surgery for cerebral palsy sufferers

Five centres in England have been selected to provide specialist treatment for youngsters who have mobility problems as a result of cerebral palsy. Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy will be carried out at the chosen hospitals as part of NHS England’s Commissioning through Evaluation programme.
NICE will provide independent evaluation support to all current Commissioning through Evaluation programmes. They will oversee data design, collection, and analysis; ensure suitable databases are in place to capture data, and produce interim and final reports on activity.

Public and Patient Voice Assurance Group meeting report published

A report of the Public and Patient Voice Assurance Group’s 22 July meeting is now available. This newly established assurance group comprises individual patients and representatives of patient organisations, as well as CCG and NHS England representation. The group is already gathering momentum with a proactive work plan in place, which is designed to strengthen patient voice in the changing world of specialised commissioning.

Changes to CPAG Governance

NHS England’s Board has given the Specialised Commissioning Oversight Group delegated authority to make decisions on the recommendations made by the Clinical Priorities Advisory Group.

The Clinical Priorities Advisory Group provides advice about decisions affecting access to all clinical services which are directly commissioned by NHS England and will provide advice directly to Specialised Commissioning Oversight Group, which has operational oversight for specialised commissioning.

Contentious issues will be referred up to the Directly Commissioned Services Committee, but the new arrangements should mean that decisions can be made, and implemented, more quickly. For further information please email the Specialised Commissioning team.

Latest news from the Specialised Commissioning Oversight Group

The Specialised Commissioning Oversight Group (SCOG) has agreed revisions to a number of clinical commissioning policies and statements, as well as public consultation on a service specification and on the outcomes of a service review.

These decisions were made by SCOG at its latest meeting on 22 July.

Medicines not reimbursed through national prices

The list of medicines not reimbursed through national prices and excluded from the national tariff has been updated to reflect new NICE guidance, NHS England policy, and medicines added to the Cancer Drug Fund.

An updated list will be published shortly on the NHS England website, and should be used alongside the manual, to identify those medicines that are the responsibility of specialised services, and those for which service providers will receive reimbursement.

Stereotactic radiosurgery and stereotactic radiotherapy services consultation

NHS England is to hold a 12-week public consultation on recommendations arising from a review of Stereotactic Radiosurgery and Stereotactic Radiotherapy.

A needs assessment was carried out to consider whether NHS England has sufficient activity and service provision to meet the needs of patients. This work has resulted in a number of options for change which have been considered by the Specialised Commissioning Oversight Group and a focus group, chaired by the National Clinical Director for Cancer Services.

For further information please contact the Specialised Commissioning team.

Workshops to develop Prioritisation Framework

NHS England is currently reviewing the Ethical Framework used to guide its decisions as a direct commissioner. During July, we held a number of workshops across the country, bringing together more than 250 patients, patient group representatives, commissioners, clinicians and members of public to explore the key factors that NHS England should take into consideration when making decisions about resources. This work influence development of a prioritisation decision aid that will be tested during the 2015/16 commissioning round.


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