The purpose of the Board will be to use the £80bn commissioning budget to secure the best possible outcomes for patients.
Department of Health
From 1 April 2013, the new organisations created through the Health and Social Care Act 2012 have taken over responsibility for commissioning services for people in England.
NHS England will play a key role in the Government’s vision to modernise the health service with the key aim of securing the best possible health outcomes for patients by prioritising them in every decision it makes. Formerly established as the NHS Commissioning Board on 1 October 2012, NHS England is an independent body operating at arm’s length from the Government.
NHS England will have an overarching role to ensure that the NHS delivers better outcomes for patients within its available resources, and that services are commissioned in ways that support consistency in ensuring high standards of quality across the country.
PCS Services Procurement update
We have now received approval from the DH of our business case and we can confirm that Capita plc is the preferred bidder. We will now begin to finalise the contract for the provision of the administrative support functions for primary care. At the same time we will begin to consult with staff and our recognised Trade Union representatives on the TUPE transfer of the service. We are confident that we can achieve seamless business continuity for our customers through this transition period.
May 2015 - Update on Primary Care Support Services from NHS England (Office Closures and Out of Scope Services)
NHS England has announced the changes that will take place within the current Primary Care Support (PCS) service over the next couple of months. The changes include a number of office closures as part of an efficiencies programme and the migration of a number of out of scope services that have been historically delivered by some PCS offices to their rightful homes before the new PCS provider is in place.
GOS Contractors will shortly receive details of the changes that affect them locally, including the contact details of the new office that will be providing the service going forward. Read the announcement on the changes from NHS England by following this link.
- Bexley, Bromley & Greenwich and Lambeth, Southwark and Lewisham
- North West London
- West Midlands - letter and brochure
Area Teams (ATs)
NHS England has twenty seven Area Teams (ATs) to act as its ‘local arms’ to discharge its responsibilities. Click the following link for details of the locations of ATs:
NHS England (through the ATs) will be responsible for:
- supporting the development and assurance of CCGs
- commissioning all primary care (including General Ophthalmic Services)
- commissioning specialist services, offender healthcare and some health services for the armed forces
ATs are also responsible for emergency planning, will provide system oversight, and ensure quality and safety.
Click the following link for more details on leadership teams in the ATs
NHS England has delegated the responsibility for recognising and liaising with local representative committees (including LOCs) to the ATs. The key contact in the AT for LOCs will be the Head of Primary Care.
See here for a list of the Heads of Primary Care in ATs (updated 22/08/13):