Integration Readiness Toolkit

A new toolkit has been launched to help local health and care leaders to self-assess the present state of readiness to bring about integration. Developed jointly by NHS Clinical Commissioners, NHS Confederation, Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS) and the Local Government Association (LGA), the toolkit focuses on the key elements and characteristics needed for successful integration, offering insight into where your organisation is now and the right way forward for you.


Prime Minister commitment to involvement of the public in NHS Sustainability and Transformation plans

During Prime Minister’s Question Time on 8th September, Theresa May gave a clear indication of the expectation that the NHS Sustainability and Transformation plans should involve the local population in decision making.

The Rt. Hon Richard Fuller from Bedfordshire raised a question in relation to assurances and accountability for the local plans across England to which the Prime Minister responded:

“It is absolutely the point of these plans that they are locally driven. They will be considered locally and should be taking into account the concerns and interests locally, not just those of the Clinical Commissioning Groups, but those of the local authorities and of the public. These plans must be driven from the locality, so I give my hon. Friend that assurance”.

To support this commitment, NHS England have also published new guidance in relation to Sustainability and Transformation plans which sets out the stakeholder involvement expectations including patient and public participation. The guidance also gives an overview of the legal duties around engagement and consultation.


Commissioners asked to enhance the use of patient insight

Clinical Commissioning Groups across England have been asked to develop the way in which patient insight is utilised when making commissioning decisions. NHS England are in the process of developing a number of bite-size guides to help commissioners to familiarise themselves with a range of national surveys, data which and patient insight in order to develop local services.

The first guide that has been published is in relation to Patient Reported Outcome Measures (PROMs). Other guides that will be developed will focus on the following topics:

  • How to obtain meaningful feedback from patients with learning disabilities
  • How to conduct and use qualitative research
  • How to harness social media comment as insight.

Click here for further details about this initiative. Queries in relation to these developments ca be directed to NHS England on the following email address:


Mental Health and Wellbeing national results

NHS Digital have published the results of the national Survey of Mental Health and Wellbeing, 2014 which shows that one in three adults (33 per cent) aged 16-74 with conditions such as anxiety or depression surveyed in England, were accessing mental health treatment in 2014. The data published by NHS Digital demonstrates that the figure has increased from one in four people (24 per cent) since the last survey was carried out in 2007.

The survey provided data on the prevalence of both treated and untreated psychiatric disorder in the English adult population, and was conducted by NatCen Social Research in collaboration with the University of Leicester, for NHS Digital.

You can read the report and accompanying data information here.


Plan to reduce “Red Tape” for health and care in England

The Department of Health announced on 28th September their plan to challenge red tape in the provision of health and care across England. Minister for Health, Lord Prior is setting up a panel in partnership with NHS Providers, NHS Confederation and Care England called the Burden Reduction Challenge.

The aim of the panel is to look at the current benefits and challenges that organisations face in terms of regulatory activity. It is anticipated that the panel will challenge the necessity of regulatory activity which may lead to removal of any onerous activity.

The panel will work in partnership with health professionals to build up a robust source of evidence. The panel will have themed sessions and the first session will focus on data and information requests. Membership of the panel will draw upon expertise from senior figures at the Department of Health, NHS Providers, NHS Confederation and Care England as well as membership organisations.

Lord Prior said:

“The panel represents a commitment by all members to reduce unnecessary regulatory burdens on front line staff, increasing focus on patient contact and care.”

Further information is available on the Department of Health’s website here.