Help with commissioning

There are many resources to support commissioning – policy documents, datasets, commissioning guides for particular conditions, populations and steps of the cycle. Here are a few of the key resources which bring these together.

Commissioning Zone – NHS Networks
A portal for clinicians, managers and anyone else involved in commissioning, bringing together the best sources and resources , to save time and promote sharing of useful information. Includes Policy & Guidelines, Reports & Analysis, Data & Tools.
(Take a look at some of the other NHS Networks too – including QIPP [requires registration]Commissioning for Long Term Conditions, Health Investment Network)

Commissioning Handbook for Librarians 
This wiki based handbook was originally developed by information professionals for their own use, pooling knowledge of resources and sharing good practice so that NHS staff involved in commissioning health services can be better supported.  Take a walk through the wiki [PowerPoint presentation]

NHS Evidence
A collection of authoritative clinical and non-clinical evidence and best practice across the NHS, public health and social care sectors from NICE. The search engine provides easy access to a wide range of evidence-based information including national collections of evidence in key clinical areas and QIPP (Quality, Innovation, Productivity and Prevention) case studies. Filter your search results by area of interest or source.

Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE)
“We gather and analyse knowledge about what works and translate that knowledge into practical resources, learning materials and services”. SCIE includes practical guides, e-learning, good practice tools. Also Social Care Online – a bibliographic database covering information and research on all aspects of social care and social work.

Key national websites

NHS Primary Care Commissioning
Online support for the implementation of policy and best practice in commissioning and contracting across all areas of primary and community care via local and national events and through a network of expert advisors.

NHS Commissioning Board
Established on 31 October 2011,the NHS CB SHA  plays a key role in the Government’s vision to modernise the health service and secure the best possible outcomes for patients. Its role is to make all the necessary preparations for the successful establishment of the NHS Commissioning Board.

NICE Pathways on NHS Evidence
Quick and easy access, topic by topic, to the range of guidance from NICE, including quality standards, technology appraisals, clinical and public health guidance and NICE implementation tool

Think Local, Act Personal (Formerly DH Care Networks / CSIP)
The sector-wide partnership for transforming adult social care. The priority areas for action are personalisation and personal budgets; developing cost effective and efficient solutions; developing the provider market and workforce; building community capacity; improving information to the public and highlighting the importance of coproduction.

The Information Centre
England’s central, authoritative source of health and social care information providing high quality, national, comparative data for secondary uses. Statistics and data collections in:

Sign up for RSS feeds or e-bulletins.

Care Quality Commission
The CQC is the independent regulator of health and social care in England, regulating health and adult social care services, provided by the NHS, local authorities, private companies or voluntary organisations.
Newsletter here

Commissioning Support Programme


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