House of Commons Library briefing paper on NHS England specialised commissioning

Immediately following the Election, the House of Commons Library published a briefing paper on the commissioning of specialised services by NHS England. The Paper sets out how commissioning works for complex and rare conditions in England and includes further details on reforms to the Cancer Drugs Fund. It also considers the commissioning arrangements in the devolved nations.
The document confirms the increased role for NICE in informing NHS England’s clinical commissioning policy development process: “As part of moves to bring together NICE’s appraisal and evaluation processes and the APP (see also section 2.2), NICE will provide a summary of available clinical evidence as part of the process. According to a May 2017 report in the Health Service Journal, NICE will also start to provide information on the financial impact of new treatments. This evidence will be used by CPAG, SCOG and SSCC to help inform their decisions”.

To read the briefing paper, please click here.

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Published 9. June 2017 in News UK