What the NHS has got to do in the next year

The NHS Confederation is a useful source of briefing papers about goings-on in the NHS.  A couple of months ago I was sent their briefing paper (a handy cut-out-and-keep Guide) on ‘The Operating Framework 2011-12″ – in other words, ‘What the NHS has got to do in the next year’.

NHS Confederation Briefing Paper

Download A Handy Guide to ‘What the NHS has go to do in the next year’

>> Download the briefing paper  ‘The operating framework for the NHS in England 2011/12’ here

This briefing paper  simplifies a lot of complicated information about the major changes that will occur in the NHS over the next year (and beyond).

The next year (April 2011-April 2012) is sometimes referred to as the ‘transition year’ because it is the first full financial year that the NHS will be in transition from the old structure to the new, reformed structure.

The big change of course is that health services will not be commissioned via Primary Care Trusts (PCTs) but will be commissioned via doctors, who will be getting together into ‘consortia’. But there are lots of other changes, too, and this paper is the easiest way of getting your head around all of this information in one sitting. It explains how the NHS has got to save money, change structure, move from PCTs to GP Commissioning Consortia, turn all Trusts into Foundation Trusts, transform Public Health and squillions of other enormous and complicated tasks – and it explains all of this in a mere seven pages.

Who are the ‘NHS Confederation’?
“The NHS Confederation is the independent membership body for the full range of organisations that make up the modern NHS.  We have over 95 per cent of NHS organisations in our membership including ambulance trusts, acute and foundation trusts, mental health trusts and primary care trusts … We support the NHS to deliver high-quality services and improve the nation’s health and well-being.”  (From their website at www.nhsconfed.org)

Now I should point out that generally, NHS Confederation Briefing papers aren’t usually accessible to the public.  But I really, really wanted to put this one on the datagoat blog as I think it’s super-useful, and luckily for us, the NHS Confederation agreed that it was a good idea: “We generally like to keep most documents confidential so that it’s clear to members that they have had benefits from being members that are not available to the wider public. However, we think that making the operating framework briefing available to LINks will help our members because it will contribute to better scrutiny by local LINks.”  So a big thanks to the NHS Confederation for putting this really useful document in the public domain.

What to do with this data:
Sit down and read it.  Stick it on your wall. Put it in your handbag to re-read while you are waiting for your bus. Send the above link to all your LINk chums and anyone that might be interested in the NHS reforms. Wow your friends at dinner parties with your amazing grasp of the changing NHS landscape.  (Can you tell that I like this document?)

Now if only all information and consultations that came out of the Department of Health was summarised for us by the NHS Confederation, public scrutiny would be a far more managable task…

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