Monthly Archives: February 2013

Influencing local commissioning for health and care: guidance for the voluntary and community sector

By Regional Voices (January 2013)

This guidance is intended to support the voluntary and community sector in understanding and influencing health and wellbeing boards. It gives an overview of health and wellbeing boards, joint strategic needs assessments and joint health and wellbeing strategies and the role of the voluntary sector.

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Good practice in prescribing and managing medicines and devices

By General Medical Council (January 2013)

This guidance strengthens and broadens the current advice on prescribing medicines to include medical devices and gives key updates on using unlicensed medicines.

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E-mental health: what’s all the fuss about?

By Mental Health Network NHS Confederation (January 2013)

This paper looks at how the mental health sector could make the most of opportunities offered by e-mental health. It also gives examples of how service users, mental health providers and other organisations are already embracing e-mental health to bring about change.

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Study of the use of contractual mechanisms in commissioning

By Policy Research Unit in Commissioning and the Healthcare System (PRUComm) (December 2012)

This interim report presents findings from research into how commissioners negotiate, specify, monitor, and manage contractual mechanisms to improve services and allocate financial risk in their local health economies, looking at both acute services and community health care.

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Equity in health: interactive atlases

By WHO (2013)

These atlases are a tool to assess inequalities in social determinants of health, as well as the resources, outputs, outcomes and effects of health care at the subnational level in countries of the EU, candidate countries and some other countries. WHO has updated the atlases with the most recent data available from the EUROSTAT database in November 2012.

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Tackling drugs and alcohol: local government’s new public health role

By Local Government Association (January 2013)

This briefing for councillors and officers explains the challenges facing councils and the opportunities they have to tackle drug and alcohol problems and reduce health inequalities in local communities.

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Supporting planning for 2013/14 for Direct Commissioning

By NHS Commissioning Board (January 2013)

This document describes the processes that will be used to support planning for the next financial year. It aims to support the NHS Commissioning Board’s national, regional and area teams to ensure that every plan is as strong as it can be, by designing an approach that achieves national consistency and improves quality and equity of access to services. This should be in the context of local priorities and in conjunction with CCGs and local health and wellbeing boards.

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