Department of Health publishes draft payment by results guidance

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David Flory, Deputy NHS Chief Executive, issued a letter today which provides information on plans for Payment by Results (PbR) in 2012-13. These plans include an expansion in the scope of PbR into areas such as adult mental health, and a further increase in the coverage of best practice tariffs. He also highlights the publication [read the full story…]

Safeguarding adults reports published by SCIE

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The Department of Health has commissioned the Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE) to produce two reports on adult safeguarding: 1. Governance of adult safeguarding The research for this report explored the governance arrangements for safeguarding adults. Drawing on a systematic review of the literature, workshops attended by safeguarding specialists, a survey of Safeguarding Adults [read the full story…]

Caring for our future: Department of Health launch consultation on social care reform

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The Government have launched a consultation exercise that aims to engage with people who use care and support services, carers, local councils, care providers, and the voluntary sector about the priorities for improving care and support. The consultation will run from today until early December and will feed into the White Paper and the progress report on [read the full story…]

The health harms of drugs: a new guide from the Department of Health

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The Department of Health have published an updated guide summarising the health harms of drug and alcohol misuse, which is aimed at supporting non-medical practitioners working with substance misuse issues. The document updates the 2003 “Dangerousness of Drugs” guide.  It’s an 80-page PDF report and it outlines acute and chronic problems associated with each substance, [read the full story…]

Department of Health publish Mental Health Community Teams activity data

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The Department of Health have published the quarterly Mental Health Community Teams activity data for 2010-11 and 2011-12 quarter 1. The data consists of a number of spreadsheets and a document available for download from the DH website. The main findings were: 2010-11 During 2010-11 10,311 new cases of psychosis were served by Early Intervention [read the full story…]

Department of Health publish a diagnostic tool for emerging clinical commissioning groups


The Department of Health have produced a diagnostic tool for emerging clinical commissioning groups, to help them understand and reflect upon their values, culture, behaviour and wider organisational health. The tool is an Excel spreadsheet that groups can use to identify their developmental needs. It includes sections on: Clinical focus and added value Engagement with [read the full story…]

Transferring children and young people from custody to hospital under the Mental Health Act: new guidance from the Department of Health

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This new best practice guidance from the Department of Health details the procedure for transferring to and from hospital (under the Mental Health Act 1983 in England) any child or young person who is: detained in custody in pursuance of any sentence or order for detention (by a court in criminal proceedings); or remanded in custody [read the full story…]

Department of Health publish a simple guide to payment by results

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Payment by Results (PbR) is the tariff based payment system that has transformed the way funding flows around the NHS in England. This short guide is an introduction to the subject and supersedes the guide published by the DH in September 2010. The basic facts about Payment by Results from the guide are: PbR is [read the full story…]

Commissioning prison based substance misuse services: new guidance from the Department of Health

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The Department of Health in conjunction with the National Treatment Agency for Substance Misuse has issued guidance on commissioning prison based substance misuse services for 2011/12. The guidance takes the form of a letter with an appendix from Richard Bradshaw (Director, Offender Health), Ian Poree (Director of Service Development NOMS) and Rosanna O’Connor (Director of [read the full story…]

Dementia commissioning pack launched by Department of Health

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The Dementia Commissioning Pack provides practical resources for health and social care commissioners to work together to improve the quality of both specialist dementia services and general health and care services for people with dementia and their carers. The pack has been developed in consultation with a range of health and social care experts, including [read the full story…]