NAO highlights risks to long-term plan
NAO highlights risks to long-term plan
by Steve Brown
18 January 2019

The National Audit Office has highlighted a number of risks to the delivery of the new NHS long-term plan including uncertainty over key budgets and staff shortages.

Read more
Planning guidance: recovery route outlined
Planning guidance: recovery route outlined
by Seamus Ward
11 January 2019

NHS England and NHS Improvement have unveiled an overhaul of the provider sustainability fund (PSF) and given more details of the new financial recovery fund in planning guidance for 2019/20.

Read more
Planning guidance: CCG allocations issued
Planning guidance: CCG allocations issued
by Seamus Ward
11 January 2019

Clinical commissioning groups will receive a minimum cash uplift of 4.4% in 2019/20 and at least 17% over the next five years under allocations announced by NHS England.

Read more
Long-term plan sets out care and finance road map
Long-term plan sets out care and finance road map
by Seamus Ward
07 January 2019

The new long-term plan for the NHS in England sets out a ‘practical, costed, phased route map’ for the improvement of care quality and outcomes, according to NHS England chief executive Simon Stevens.

Read more
Long-term plan: trust deficits targeted
Long-term plan: trust deficits targeted
by Seamus Ward
07 January 2019

A new financial recovery fund (FRF), which will support systems’ and organisations’ efforts to make services sustainable, is expected to ensure no trust has a deficit by 2023/24, the NHS long-term plan said.

Read more
Long-term plan: key role for ICSs
Long-term plan: key role for ICSs
by Seamus Ward
07 January 2019

Integrated care systems (ICSs) will play a central role in delivering the NHS long-term plan and will cover the whole of England by April 2021.

Read more
Long-term plan: reaction
Long-term plan: reaction
by Seamus Ward
07 January 2019

NHS organisations and think-tanks broadly welcomed the NHS long-term plan, but cast some doubts on the level of funding needed to implement an ambitious plan compared with the £20.5bn increase in the five-year financial settlement. They also raised questions on areas such as workforce and the potential impact of Brexit, together with concerns over the continued lack of plans for the future of social care.

Read more
Initial planning guidance published
by Steve Brown
21 December 2018

NHS England and NHS Improvement have set out a single operational planning process for commissioners and providers for 2019/20.

Read more
PAC concern over impact of local deficits
PAC concern over impact of local deficits
by Seamus Ward
19 December 2018

The Department of Health and Social Care is failing to take account of the effects of local deficits on patient care, according to MPs.

Read more
CCGs moving towards STP footprints
CCGs moving towards STP footprints
by Steve Brown
18 December 2018

Clinical commissioning groups look likely to cover increasingly larger populations based around sustainability and transformation partnership (STP) footprints, according to a report by the National Audit Office.

Read more