NHS England establishes specialised services taskforce

At the initiative of its new Chief Executive, Simon Stevens, on 1st May NHS England launched a three month taskforce to conduct a comprehensive review of its specialised commissioning structures and processes. This will be led by Paul Watson, Chair of the Specialised Services Oversight Group, bolstered by an additional 50 staff members to work on the project from elsewhere in NHS England.

While the taskforce and its seven workstreams represents a good opportunity to set specialised commissioning on a stronger footing for the future in order to maximise the benefits of NHS England’s role as single national commissioner, the announcement poses questions over how services will be developed during the review period and on the future direction for specialised care.

The Alliance has prepared a briefing on the taskforce and will be making a formal submission in due course.

SHCA – Specialised Taskforce Briefing – May 2014

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