Community neurology project
The NHS England Community Neurology Project Conference will be held on Wednesday 29th June at Royal Holloway, University of London, Egham, Surrey TW20 0EX. To register an interest in attending, please email Kate Moules on Kate.Moules@rhul.ac.uk. Further details will become available shortly.
Specialised services consultations
On March 21st NHS England launched a 30 day public consultation on a number of proposed new products for specialised services, including service specifications and clinical commissioning policies. These include materials relevant to neurology, such as service specifications for paediatric onset multiple sclerosis and for rare hereditary neuropathies for children and young people. All products under consultation can be seen here.
Clinical reference group restructure for specialised commissioning
NHS England has now concluded its consultation process on the proposed restructuring of clinical reference groups, which make decisions relating to the commissioning of specialised services. The Alliance submitted a response which is available to read here.
Sustainability and transformation plans
NHS providers and commissioners have this year been asked collaborate across local areas to produce local five-year Sustainability and Transformation Plans (STPs). Commissioners and providers have been grouped into 44 areas and are now required to co-produce STPs setting out how their areas will respond to the challenges facing health services. The plans are required to be submitted by June 2016 for approval in July. Further information is available from the Neurological Alliance website and the NHS England website.
CCG assessment framework
NHS England has also launched a new Improvement and Assessment Framework for CCGs, which will include ratings published online to show patients how their local health service is performing. The framework is intended to increase the accountability of CCGs and encourage focus on key objectives. More information is available here.