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Archive for August, 2014

Aug
29

As some of you are doubtless aware, I have been bemoaning the lack of an NHS podcast for some time.  In the end I was challenged to do something about it, and now (albeit 6 months later!) the first podcast is out.

I am working with Joe Tibbets who is a commentator on the public sector, and who has been bemused by the NHS for a long time.  We are going to have a series of conversations to try and make sense of some of aspects of the NHS, which to the outsider looking in must seem very complex indeed.  Joe has been pretty gentle on me so far, but I suspect he will get tougher as time goes on!

In the first one we have touched on GP conflicts of interest, and had an interesting debate about NICE and its role in a cash-strapped NHS.  The podcast is called Reality Bites, and you can find it by clicking on the link below:

http://www.theinformationdaily.com/2014/08/25/is-nice-the-angel-of-death-or-the-jewel-in-the-nhs-crown

Please let me know what you think.  You can either leave a comment here, on the information daily site, or via twitter where I am @ccginsider.  I am sure it can get much better, and the more you let me know how, the quicker we will get there!

Thanks again for all your support

Ben

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Aug
10

Since last time there are 4 new posts, all published on theinformationdaily.com (here):

What is co-commissioning?  – which looks at how in a short space of time co-commissioning of primary care seemed to evolve from delegated budgets to partnership working between CCGs and NHS England.

Out of hours healthcare provision in need of urgent treatment – which suggests that with development of 111, extended primary care hours, and GP streams in A&E departments, the role of out of hours needs to be urgently reviewed.

The Lost Art of Clinical Commissioning – which says that because of procurement processes CCGs are losing their focus on inspiring and empowering clinicians from all specialties to come together to make change happen

Is the Better Care Fund preventing integration rather than promoting it? – concerns about the shift of money from health to social care, evidence about the lack of impact of integrating health and social care commissioning functions, and an overly bureaucratic process mean the potential gains of integration could be lost.

As always, any feedback gratefully received!  You can follow me on twitter @ccginsider, leave a comment here, or leave a comment on theinformationdaily.com.

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