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Thirteen NHS bodies have been threatened with legal action over policies which "breach the human rights of patients". The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) is launching legal action against 13 Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) in England over their policies on NHS Continuing Healthcare. NHS Continuing Healthcare (CHC) is a…
Hundreds of school leaders say they have had difficulties commissioning mental health services for pupils, according to a survey published by children's charity Place2Be. The research showed that while 84% of secondary schools and 56% of primary schools offered some form of counselling services for students, almost half said that…
Nationwide changes should be made to the way care placements are managed, a report has said, after an inquiry into the "cruel" mistreatment of residents at a care home for autistic adults. Mendip House, near Highbridge, Somerset, was closed in November 2016 after whistleblowers made abuse allegations and the home…
The Institute of Public Care (IPC), Oxford Brookes University, has been appointed to conduct a review of the arrangements for commissioning fostering and residential care placements in London. The request has been made by Association of London Directors of Children’s Services (ALDCS) through London Councils. The aim is to explore…
A campaign group backed by Professor Stephen Hawking has been granted permission to challenge Jeremy Hunt in the High Court over plans to allow private companies to play a greater role in the NHS. The physicist has warned that introducing commercial companies to run parts of the health and social…
A campaign group backed by Professor Stephen Hawking has officially filed High Court papers in a bid to force the Government to hold a full public consultation into greater privatisation of the NHS. The physicist announced on Friday he was putting his weight behind a campaign by JR4NHS to stop…
NHS sexual health and HIV services are at "breaking point", an Aids charity has claimed after an official report highlighted problems with commissioning. The Terrence Higgins Trust spoke out after a Public Health England (PHE) report found evidence the service was "fragmented", with a lack of expert staff and under…
Local health bodies should have to face a tribunal board if they have "overly restrictive commissioning policies", a new report suggests. The recommendation comes after researchers found that there is "unacceptable" variation in access to care for patients across England. After examining data concerning each of the 209 clinical commissioning…
Wicked issues – complex problems that cannot be solved in a traditional fashion – are nothing new. But the current challenges facing the NHS, social care and others are arguably the most ‘wicked’ yet. There is a danger that the new models of care discussed in the Five Year Forward…
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…
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