NHS England and NHS Improvement have published their board meeting papers for their meeting held in common on 28th February 2019. These papers contain numerous interesting items relating to the commissioning landscape within the NHS.
Specifically the papers focus on building a case for primary legislative change and the establishment of The NHS Assembly.
Items of interest include:
- …suggesting proposals to promote collaboration by removing the legal barriers that limit the ability of CCGs, local authorities and NHS England to work together and take decisions jointly.
- We want to enable CCGs to carry out delegated functions, as if they were their own, and enable groups of CCGs in joint and lead commissioner arrangements to make decisions and pool funds across their functions.
- We want NHS organisations, primary care networks, local government and other community partners to work together as integrated care systems (ICSs) to jointly plan and improve the way care is delivered.
- Although CCGs and NHS providers can work together informally, the current law prevents them from setting up joint committees to take joint decisions in the interests of their local population.
- We therefore propose introducing a new shared duty for CCGs and NHS providers (NHS trusts and foundation trusts) to promote and contribute to a ‘triple aim’ of better health for everyone, better care for all patients, and efficient use of NHS resources, both for their local system and for the wider NHS.
Read more from the board papers here.