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There are "serious gaps" in crisis care for children with mental health problems, a new report has warned. One in 10 local health areas has no plan to improve crisis care for young people, according to the Education Policy Institute. This is despite acknowledgement from the Government for clinical commissioning…
Following on from the successful regional bespoke 'Commissioning Now' programme, Skills for Care has today announced the launch of a national programme focused on supporting people in commissioning roles. The programme aims to help you develop knowledge and networks in commissioning for better outcomes and is designed for those people…
A rapid mixed methods evidence review of current provision and key principles for commissioning. Public Health England (PHE) commissioned The Children’s Society to undertake scoping research in early 2016, to understand some of the opportunities and challenges currently facing those now responsible for commissioning and delivering young people’s specialist substance…
From lay input in research to how a clinic runs, from medical revalidation to patient forums, healthcare professionals increasingly need effective patient input if they are to provide a relevant, sustainable and effective service. Conversely, patients and the public have the right to contribute to, advise and inform not just…
A "catalogue of failures" resulted in the collapse of an £800 million NHS contract to outsource care of older and mentally ill people, the Commons spending watchdog warned. An influential committee of MPs concluded that the NHS lacked expertise in procurement and it was "worrying" that untested contracting arrangements could…
NHS England will "formally consider" whether to fund PrEP, a "game changer" service in the fight against HIV/Aids, after losing a "who pays" legal battle in the Court of Appeal. The public body responsible for the planning and commissioning of NHS services is also to ask a drug manufacturer involved…
Almost nine out of 10 NHS groups are failing cancer patients, with low rates of diagnosis and treatment, new ratings show. Data from NHS England reveals that the vast majority of clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) across England are performing poorly when it comes to diagnosing patients quickly, ensuring they get…
Patients with dementia, diabetes and learning disabilities are being let down by their local health services in many parts of England, new figures show. A postcode lottery of care across the country has been highlighted as new performance data shows that while some health bodies are performing well, neighbouring organisations…
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