Health policy

NHS Mandate published

The first Mandate between the Government and the NHS Commissioning Board, setting out the ambitions for the health service for the next two years, has been published.

NHS Outcomes Framework 2013 to 2014

The NHS Outcomes Framework 2013 to 2014 sets out the outcomes and corresponding indicators that will be used to hold the NHS Commissioning Board to account for improvements in health outcomes, as part of the government’s mandate to the NHS Commissioning Board.

Question in the Lords

On 19 July 2012, Lord (Alan) Howarth raised a question about arts in health in the House of Lords questioning the Government Minister Earl Howe about encouraging commissioners to invest resources in the arts as a means of improving health.

Progress in Measuring National Wellbeing

The Office of National Statistics (ONS) has published three articles reporting progress in the Measuring National Wellbeing programme: Where we live; Health; and Subjective Wellbeing.

National framework to improve mental health and wellbeing published

The government has published the mental health implementation framework, which sets out what organisations can do to support the objectives of the mental health strategy No Health without Mental Health.

How to measure for improving outcomes: a guide for commissioners

Under the Health and Social Care Act, the NHS Commissioning Board and Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) will be accountable for improving health and treatment outcomes in the NHS.

Personal health budget pilots: fifth interim evaluation report

The fifth interim independent evaluation report on the personal health budget pilot programme has been published by the personal health budgets evaluation (PHBE) team.

The role of the third sector in delivering social care – Scoping Review

This review was commissioned by the Department of Health’s NIHR School for Social Care Research. Voluntary and community sector (VCS) organisations have played an important part in delivering social care services for a considerable time.

Impact of economic downturn and policy changes on health inequalities in London report

University College London Institute of Health Equity has published 'The impact of the economic downturn and policy changes on health inequalities in London’ which was commissioned by the London Health Inequalities Network.

Prevention is better than cure: the benefits of working with London's voluntary and community sector to improve health and wellbeing and reduce inequality

A full report from the event held by LVSC in March 2012, including a list of recommendations developed from discussions at the event. The event explained the new health structures that are being established in London as part of a huge re-organisation of the NHS.

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