Bite-size Guides to Patient Insight

NHS England, June 2017

These short guides are designed to help providers and commissioners understand the use of patient insight better and to use it effectively in delivering local services.

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NHS Commissioning of Specialised Services

House of Commons Library, June 2017

This Commons Library briefing paper looks at the commissioning of specialised services by the NHS in England, for patients with rare or complex conditions. How the commissioning process works is set out in further detail, as well as analysis of the financial management and transparency of specialised commissioning, and recent reforms introduced by NICE and NHS England, including reforms to the Cancer Drugs Fund.

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Safe staffing in learning disability services

NHS Improvement, January 2017

A guide to help standardise staffing decisions for learning disability services in community and inpatient settings.  This resource is designed to help commissioners and providers of NHS commissioned services, create, review and sustain safe and effective specialist health services for people with a learning disability, who have a wide range of needs and varying levels of disability.

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Working together to promote cessation of smoking in children and young people: briefing for commissioners of Tier 4 Children and Adolescents Mental Health Services (CAMHS)

Public Health England, December 2016

This briefing aims to clarify what we know about the relationship between mental health and smoking prevalence amongst children and young people, what Children and Adolescents Mental Health Services (CAMHS) are doing to support children and young people with smoke free advice and support, and what actions commissioners and the public health system might take to reduce levels of smoking and the harms that arise from it.

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Commissioning care for people with dementia at the end of life: a mixed-methods study

BMJ Open, December 2016

This study aims to understand how end-of-life (EoL) care for people with dementia is currently commissioned (ie, contracted) and organised, with a view to informing the development of commissioning guidance for good-quality community-based EoL care in dementia.

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