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NHS to undergo radical reforms

NICE is to develop quality standards for social care, as part of the Government’s new plans to reform the NHS to place patients at the heart of the health service.

The White Paper ‘Equity and Excellence: Liberating the NHS’, published yesterday, states that given the increasing importance of coherent joint arrangements between health and social care, NICE will now extend its remit to social care.

The Paper also places NICE on a firmer statutory footing securing its independence and core functions, in addition to its new role in developing social care standards.http://www.nice.org.uk/newsroom/news/NHStoUndergoRadicalReforms.jsp

National Quality Board: NICE quality standards

The first three NICE quality standards covering stroke care, dementia care and prevention of venous thromboembolism (VTE) were presented to the secretary of state on 30 June 2010. This letter sets out the National Quality Board's advice to the secretary of state on how these and future quality standards can become a central, underpinning element of the whole quality improvement system for the NHS.

Consultation on the sustainability of the 'violence against women' voluntary sector

The government has developed a strategic action plan to look at what more could be done to support the sustainability of the violence against women and girls voluntary and community sectors. We are keen to gather views from the commissioners and others with an interest in the work.

The consultation will run until Friday 23 July 2010. If you are unable to download the documents or complete the questions please call 030 3444 4083.

Building high-quality commissioning: what role can external organisations play?

This report examines how external support is being used by primary care trusts and strategic health authorities and whether it is helping them to develop more effective commissioning.

Tackling inequalities in life expectancy in areas with the worst health and deprivation

This report makes recommendations on how efforts should be targeted on the most deprived areas of the country in order to tackle the conditions which lead to health inequalities.

The Government's GP commissioning plans

The Government has announced that every GP practice will have commissioning responsibility written into its contract by April 2013, as part of a seismic shift of power towards GPs.

Speaking at the launch of Equity and Excellence: Liberating the NHS, the coalition Government's White Paper on its radical reforms, health secretary Andrew Lansley also revealed that local consortia will be handed the power to clamp down on GPs who fail to respond to the challenge. http://www.pulsetoday.co.uk/story.asp?sectioncode=35&storycode=4126546

Incentives promised for GPs as Government sets out funding plan

GP commissioning consortia are set to receive extra incentive payments for improving health outcomes and turning around the finances of NHS services.

However, practices also face having their pay docked if they are seen to provide a poor quality of care.

The Government has revealed it plans to draw up a funding formula to back its plans. This will see the independent commissioning board calculate practice level funding for every practice in the country, which will be based on new national data already being explored by the Nuffield Trust. http://www.pulsetoday.co.uk/story.asp?sectioncode=35&storycode=4126560&c=5

All GPs must join federations

All GP practices will be made to join federations or consortia by the autumn of 2012 - and from April 2013 these will be funded directly by the new independent Commissioning Board .

The board will have the power to force GP practices to be assigned to a federation if they do not do it themselves, and the federations will be expected to police the standard of commissioning by practices.

Ten questions on health white paper

After much speculation, the health White Paper is due to be published this afternoon. Think-tank the King's Fund has given us their ten key questions for the Government to answer. Add yours here and we will try and answer them throughout the day.