Clinical commissioning groups have received guidance to “encourage and support” them to deliver parity of esteem for mental health services, Sir David Nicholson has said.
NHS providers will be required to tell patients about all but the very least serious patient safety incidents under the new statutory duty of candour, if the recommendations of a government commissioned review are adopted into law.
Budget-squeezed health and care provision for a rapidly ageing population needs to change urgently, a leading health charity has warned.
GPs should take responsibility for out of hospital community services for patients under their registered lists, according to a report by the King’s Fund.
A mental health trust has told HSJ it is considering a legal challenge against the decision by NHS England and Monitor to impose 20 per cent higher cuts for mental health and community providers than for their acute counterparts.
NHS England board member Lord Adebowale has described the policy of imposing cuts to mental health and community trusts, which are a fifth higher than those for other sectors, as “bordering on laughable”.
Efforts to develop quality indicators and a tariff payment system for community services providers have taken a leap forward after winning the support of the main national health leadership organisations, HSJ has discovered.
NHS England and Monitor have said clinical commissioning groups can set their own prices for mental health and community services following claims that there is an institutional bias against the sector.
The names of organisations that fail to comply with patient safety alerts are to be published online each month as part of a revamped warning system being introduced by NHS England.
Monitor is closely observing the decisions clinical commissioning groups are making about transforming community services contracts, its chief executive has told HSJ.
The care services minister has warned NHS England he may intervene to ask it to reconsider funding decisions if they undermine the government’s commitment to parity of esteem for mental health.
The Care Quality Commission has appointed one of the founders of health informatics firm Dr Foster Intelligence to advise on how the regulator uses data to monitor health and social care providers.
Healthcare leaders from across the community and mental health sectors have united against plans to cut the tariff price for their services by a fifth more than the reduction proposed for acute providers.
“Communities” must be given the chance to own and run smaller hospitals and help push forward the changes the NHS needs to succeed, a Conservative MP has said.
The Care Quality Commission has outlined its new approach for inspecting community health services.
Outsourcing giant Serco underestimated how long it would take to restructure community health services in Suffolk, its health managing director has told HSJ.
Community providers have urged Monitor to support the development of new payment systems which will take investment away from the acute sector.
Outsourcing giant Serco has asked NHS organisations for help filling vacancies at Suffolk Community Healthcare amid concerns over its performance.
Intermediate care is under pressure with demand outstripping capacity, according to a national audit by a group of leading healthcare organisations.
Community services trusts are starting work on a national programme to develop indicators to benchmark their performance and value, which could potentially underpin a tariff payment system for the sector, HSJ can reveal.
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