Future Forum


End of life care controversy leads to constitution amendment

The Department of Health inserted a passage into the revised NHS constitution in response to a recent controversy about end of life care, sources close to the changes have told HSJ.

Steve Field

Revised NHS Constitution emphasises staff rights and 'duty of candour'

A planned revision to the NHS constitution would place a stronger emphasis on creating a “supportive open culture” among staff, ahead of the Francis report into failings in care at Mid Staffordshire Foundation Trust.


DH abandons plan to stop 'cherry picking' through tariff change

The Department of Health has abandoned plans to prevent the “cherry picking” of straightforward patients and cases by independent sector providers by making further changes to the payment by results tariff, it has emerged.

Andrew Lansley at Confed 2009

Government launches NHS Constitution review

The government is today launching a review of the NHS Constitution, part of which will be carried out by a new NHS Future Forum group.

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Training boards must 'resolve' financial conflicts of interest

NHS organisations charged with both allocating and spending the NHS’s £5bn education budget will be “mostly” trusted to manage any “competing interests” themselves.

King's Fund chief executive Chris Ham

'Warm words' insufficient to drive integration, ministers warned

One of the leading proponents of integrated care has called for the government to go further than its “warm words” made in response to the NHS Future Forum.

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NHS chief executives should be 'held to account' for improving staff health

Senior managers should be held to account for improving the health and wellbeing of their workforce, the NHS Future Forum has recommended.

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Future Forum: all commissioners should consider NHS and social care shared budgets

Commissioners should be able to override current payment rules and share budgets with local authorities in order to accelerate service integration, according to the NHS Future Forum.

Professor Steve Field, future forum chair

Trusts rewarded with 'quality premium' under Future Forum plan

Trusts’ budgets will be top-sliced to fund a “quality premium” for organisations providing high quality training for NHS staff, under a proposal in a government-commissioned report.

National voices Jeremy Taylor

NHS stuck in 'information dark ages', says Future Forum

The NHS needs a culture change to drag itself out of the “information dark ages” and avoid reputational damage, the NHS Future Forum has said.

David Cameron

Cameron announces 'Nursing Forum' review of care standards

Prime minister David Cameron has announced a “Nursing Forum” inquiry to address concerns about care standards and patient safety.

Professor Chris Ham

Integrated care needs 'ambitious' target to succeed, DH told

Ministers will be in a “difficult position” if they ignore advice to set a national target to drive integrated care, the chief executive of the King’s Fund has warned.

Steve Field

Field's Future Forum report to call for GPs to move into 'bigger organisations'

NHS Future Forum chair Steve Field has called for GPs to work in “federations or in bigger organisations”, and to focus on integration of services, ahead of the publication of the review group’s advice to the government.

Bruce Keogh

Clinical senate role still unclear - DH

The function of clinical senates remains unclear, the NHS medical director has said, nearly six months after they were proposed.

Steve Field

Commissioners and providers seek move to long-term contracts

Both commissioners and providers are calling for a “fundamental shift” towards long-term contracts of more than five years to allow for better strategic planning, the Future Forum has heard.

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New Future Forum guidance calls for tariff 'flexibilities'

The NHS Future Forum has today published an interim set of recommendations intended to influence the NHS Operating Framework for 2012-13, which is due to be published next week.

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King's Fund and Future Forum challenge GP contract 'barrier'

The King’s Fund is throwing its weight behind proposals to define and expand the services required from NHS GP contractors.

Geoff Alltimes

Joint commissioning plans need to 'go further', Future Forum lead urges

Clinical commissioning groups need to work with councils to increase the scale of joint commissioning arrangements, a key figure in the NHS Future Forum has told HSJ.

Money and looking glass

Exclusive: transparency on training budgets promised

The newly appointed head of Health Education England has told HSJ she will make it “absolutely clear” to trusts that the £5bn NHS training budget must not be raided for other uses.

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NHS London offers GPs training to smooth passage into CCGs

London’s GPs are being offered management training worth £7m in an attempt to smooth their passage to becoming clinical commissioning groups.

Paul Burstow

DH launches 'engagement exercise' on social care policy

The government has embarked on a major consultation designed to involve patients, providers and professionals in re-designing social care.

BMA chairman Dr Hamish Meldrum

Government hits back over BMA 'high risk reform' claims

A call by the British Medical Association for the government to withdraw or further amend its health reforms, which they say pose an “unacceptably high risk to the NHS”, has been described as “disappointing” by the DH.

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Monitor's transitional role could be extended beyond 2016

Monitor’s existing regulatory powers over foundation trusts could be extended beyond March 2016, under plans set out by ministers today.

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Further Health Bill amendments to include new 'failure' rules

Ministers will table a new set of amendments to the Health Bill next week, including setting out the failure regime for care providers.

Professor Steve Field

Future Forum adds integrating care as priority

Integration within and across the health and social care sectors has been named a new priority area for the NHS Future Forum, whose second phase of work was launched by the prime minister last week.

Steve Field

New set of listening exercise questions unveiled

Key questions for NHS stakeholders to consider as part of the second round of the government’s listening exercise have been unveiled by the Department of Health.

Prime minister David Cameron

Exclusive: David Cameron launches second phase of NHS reform listening exercise

Prime minister David Cameron will today launch the latest stage in the listening exercise designed to inform the development of the government’s NHS reforms.

Choice plans are 'enforced competition', say GPs

Choice plans are 'enforced competition', say GPs

The government’s plans to extend choice in the NHS amount to “enforced competition”, GPs have said, as they call for clarity on changes to the Health Bill.

Steve Field, chair of Future Forum

Field: clinical senates a 'hand grenade' to GP consultant relations

Clinical senates were designed to act as a “hand grenade” to remove barriers preventing GPs and hospital doctors talking, not “another level of bureaucracy”, Professor Steve Field has said.

Lansley outlines new work for future forum

Lansley outlines new work for Future Forum

Health secretary Andrew Lansley has set out likely topics to feature in a continuing programme of work for the NHS Future Forum.

Sir Bruce appoints lead for clinical networks scrutiny

Sir Bruce appoints lead for clinical networks scrutiny

Clinical networks are likely to emerge in three main forms and work under a new operating model that is being developed, NHS medical director Sir Bruce Keogh has revealed.

Future Forum chair Steve Field

Future Forum chair warns small CCGs they will have to merge

Many clinical commissioning groups are currently “too small to survive”, NHS Future Forum chair Steve Field has warned.

Health secretary Andrew Lansley

Lansley meeting Future Forum to discuss its future

Members of the NHS Future Forum - set up to review the government’s controversial reform plans - are to meet to discuss whether and how the group should continue.

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Government plans more Health Bill amendments

Ministers are preparing a second round of amendments to the Health and Social Care Bill, HSJ has learned.

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Commissioning groups that cross boundaries may have to reform

Eleven commissioning groups crossing local authority boundaries may have to reform due to new rules announced by the government, HSJ has found.

Calculator and money

DH to 'rely' on local pricing to extend community services competition

The Department of Health will be “heavily reliant” on locally set prices to encourage competition from “any qualified provider” in community services, it said this week.

David Nicholson

Exclusive: NHS faces 'big problem' if reform timetable slips - Nicholson

The NHS faces a “big problem” if there are further delays to the timetable for developing clinical commissioning groups or moving to an all foundation trust system, NHS chief executive Sir David Nicholson has told HSJ.

DH admits preparing Health bill changes before review report

DH admits preparing Health Bill changes before review report

The government was “exploring potential amendments” to the Health Bill with parliamentary lawyers before the report of the NHS Future Forum, health minister Simon Burns has admitted.

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Information strategy delayed until autumn, DH confirms

The government’s long-awaited “information revolution” strategy for health has been delayed again, and will not now be released until the autumn, the Department of Health has confirmed.

Social care

Groups to commission for 'their whole population'

The Health Bill will make explicit that clinical commissioning groups must commission for “whole populations, not just registered patients”, the government has said.