The NHS Commissioning Board (NHS CB) plays a key role in modernising health services with the aim of securing the best possible health outcomes for patients. They do this by prioritising patients in its decisions, addressing local priorities and meeting the rights that people have under the NHS Constitution.
The Board recently published their planning guidance document Everyone Counts: Planning for Patients 2013/14.
This plan highlights the incentives and levers that will be used to improve NHS services from April 2013. It also outlines five ‘offers’ to improve the outcomes of the NHS:
- a move toward a seven day work week for routine services
- greater transparency and choice for patients
- more patient participation and improved customer services
- better data and informed commissioning to support the drive to improve services
- higher standards and safer care
In order to support their objectives, NHS CB are currently running a number of online consultations aimed at stakeholders about the commissioning of specialised services, such as mental health care and womens’ and childrens’ services. They are also interested in feedback on the proposals for integrated care developed by the coalition of health and social care charities, National Voices. All these consultations can be found on NHS CB’s consultation hub, powered by Citizen Space.
Related to this, the Department of Health are consulting on strengthening the NHS Constitution. This consultation is aimed gaining the views of the NHS staff and stakeholders and ties in with work being carried out by the NHS Future Forum.