One NHS Finance outlines next steps
One NHS Finance outlines next steps
by Seamus Ward
21 April 2021

One NHS Finance (ONF), the national conversations with health service finance staff on the development of the function, will be taken forward under three programmes – Future-Focused Finance, the new National Finance Academy and Finance Innovation Forum.

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ISFE contract extended
ISFE contract extended
by Seamus Ward
19 April 2021

The NHS in England has extended the contract for the integrated single finance environment (ISFE) by three years while it brings forward plans for a new integrated finance system.

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Covid-19 update: 16 April
Covid-19 update: 16 April
by Steve Brown
16 April 2021

The challenge facing the NHS in recovering from the Covid-19 pandemic was underlined this week with the latest figures on the size of the backlog of postponed care. And costing figures have revealed the virus’s significant impact on NHS productivity.

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Social care market warning
Social care market warning
by Seamus Ward
16 April 2021

Government proposals to reform social care must address the need for change in the social care market, as well as how it is funded, or the sector will collapse, the Nuffield Trust claimed.

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Options explored for more frequent cost submission
Options explored for more frequent cost submission
by Steve Brown
14 April 2021

Plans for more frequent national cost collections could involve just a sample of providers submitting costs or be based on much lighter touch costing standards, NHS England and NHS Improvement have revealed.

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New push for trusts to join EQC
New push for trusts to join EQC
by Steve Brown
13 April 2021

NHS England and NHS Improvement are encouraging acute trusts to re-engage with their Exceptional Quarterly Collection (EQC) and hoping to expand the costing programme to cover mental health services.

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Covid-19 update: 9 April
Covid-19 update: 9 April
by Steve Brown
09 April 2021

England this week stood on the verge of further relaxations in social distancing measures, although modelling points to a third wave of Covid-19 over the summer. Meanwhile the government announced a ‘course correction’ for its vaccination programme.

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CCGs: system change
CCGs: system change
by Seamus Ward
08 April 2021

Last week marked not only the beginning of the new financial year, but also the latest stage in the demise of clinical commissioning groups, with a new wave of mergers reducing their number to just over 100 and all their successor bodies established.

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Covid-19 update: 1 April
Covid-19 update: 1 April
by Steve Brown
01 April 2021

This week’s initial easing of lockdown measures was accompanied with further encouraging news about vaccine effectiveness, although blood clot concerns re-emerged. And there were continued warnings to keep observing the remaining social distancing and protective measures.

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Patient-level costing mandated for community services
Patient-level costing mandated for community services
by Steve Brown
01 April 2021

NHS trusts and foundation trusts will have to submit patient-level costs for community services next year after NHS England and NHS Improvement decided to mandate the collection.

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