A full member list of the NHS Assembly has been announced, ranging from GPs and patients, to health and care system leaders.
The forum will support delivery of theNHS Long Term Plan and advise NHS England andNHS Improvement.
NHS Assembly members are drawn from national and frontline clinical leaders, patients and carers, staff representatives, health and care system leaders and the voluntary, community and social enterprise sector.
More than 500 people applied to sit on the Assembly, with the successful applicants chosen based on their individual knowledge, skills and experience.
GoInvo has produced an infographic detailing how 89% of health occurs outside of the clinical space through genetics, behavior, environment and social circumstances. These factors are known as the social determinants of health.
It illustrates how medical care only contributes to a small portion of overall health. The most prevalent issue in medical care is the lack of access to health services, as well as a decreasing level of health literacy in the general population.
The NHS National Medical Director has published a clinical review of standards across the NHS, to determine if any older targets needed updating.
Professor Stephen Powis claims that patients should see four main benefits:
"The NHS will be rolling out short waits for a far wider range of important clinical services." Patients should benefit from newly established standards covering areas such as mental health and community health services that previously have been neglected.
"Greater emphasis will be given to standards that help improve clinical quality and outcomes." Eg, earlier diagnosis of cancer and faster assessment and treatment for major emergencies such as heart attacks, stroke and sepsis.
"We want to lock-in short waits for A&E and planned surgery." The current A&E and elective care targets will be changed. Eg, they do not distinguish between the hospital where 10% of patients wait five hours to complete their A&E treatment versus the hospital where 10% wait eleven hours.
"The new standards will help, rather than penalise, hospitals who modernise their care." Eg, if a GP is able to discuss a patient’s diagnosis directly with a hospital specialist, so that the patient doesn’t have to travel to a hospital outpatient appointment, that makes the hospital’s waiting time statistics look in the way the statistics are currently calculated.
MPs have published a report examining proposed changes to the structure of NHS commissioning organisations.
It describes how the NHS Long-Term Plan intends for integrated care systems to cover the whole of England by 2021, leading to a reduction in the number of clinical commissioning groups (CCGs).
The report finds that many CCGs are currently underperforming, and concludes that they will need to improve as they take on responsibility for commissioning services across larger populations. The committee of MPs add that getting the commissioning structures right will be an important part of delivering theNHS Long-Term Plan.