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NHS Commissioning Board to embrace NICE

8042206-article-malcolmgrantThe NHS Commissioning Board will “embrace NICE with great warmth” and work closely with arms-length bodies to improve health care, according to the chair of the Board.

Speaking at the NICE Annual Conference in Birmingham, Professor Malcolm Grant said that it is important to ensure that NICE's quality standards and advice does not go unheeded.

“We need to work with NICE to help improve innovation in the NHS,” he said.

NICE quality standards are central to supporting the Government's vision for an NHS focussed on delivering the best possible outcomes for patients, as detailed in the 2010 NHS White Paper Equity and Excellence - Liberating the NHS.

Quality standards will be reflected in the Commissioning Outcomes Framework and will inform payment mechanisms and incentive schemes such as the Quality and Outcomes Framework (QOF) and Commissioning for Quality and Innovation (CQUIN) Payment Framework.

To date, NICE has produced 17 quality standards on a range of conditions such as COPD, breast cancer, dementia and venous thromboembolism (VTE) prevention.

Professor Grant, in his first major speech as chair of the Commissioning Board, set out the agenda for the Board and warned that it would be an enormous challenge to deliver a new approach to healthcare that is patient-centred and clinically lead.

“It is a profound cultural change for all those involved. Do not underestimate the huge structural change that is involved in creating the NHS Commissioning Board.

“This is the first time that political power is being taken away. The future is in our hands not the hands of politicians.

“The Secretary of State will annually produce a mandate for the Board to commission care.

“The Commissioning Board will authorise clinical commission groups from the 1 April next year. Any conditions of authorisation will be minimal and transitional.”

Professor Grant added that the use of data is an important issue and something that can transform the whole way in which the NHS works.

15 May 2012

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