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Archive of: July, 2013

  • SHCA: Specialised services strategy presents opportunity to craft vision for future of services

    Sir David Nicholson has launched NHS England’s Call to Action, which seeks to develop proposals for meeting the challenges facing the health service over the next decade and beyond. A core part of this Call to Action is the pledge to develop a five-year strategy for specialised services, to be published within a year and to contain hard-edged commitments for the first two years of its duration.

    The Alliance strongly welcomes this announcement, which has the potential to build upon the seminal Carter Report on specialised commissioning from 2006 to reflect the new context of national specialised commissioning. While much progress has been made against Carter’s recommendations, there is presently a clear need to take stock of what remains to be achieved and to describe a vision for the future development of specialised commissioning under NHS England.

    The SHCA will be taking a keen interest in the development of this strategy and will work with its members and others to support NHS England in taking this important work forwards, bringing together relevant expertise where required.

    The Call to Action can be viewed here: