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Services Commissioning

Volume 450: debated on Monday 23 October 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what guidance has been produced for strategic health authorities and primary care trusts in commissioning services through the NHS and Social Care Conditions Model; and if she will make a statement. (92295)

On 13 July 2006, the Department published “Health Reform in England: update and commissioning framework”. This document and its supporting annexe provided detailed guidance to strategic health authorities and primary care trusts on commissioning. The commissioning framework set out how commissioning will be strengthened through greater clinical and community engagement, better information, a range of new incentives and levers for commissioners, and through developing commissioners’ capacity and capability. It included a particular focus on commissioning for hospital services covered by patient choice and the payment by results tariff.

A second phase of the commissioning framework is currently being developed for publication at the end of the year. This will focus on strengthening commissioning for improved health and wellbeing and the joint commissioning relationship between health and social care. It will particularly emphasise how services for people with long-term conditions should be commissioned and will include a review of social care commissioning.