Commissioning for neurological conditions
22 February 2012
House of Commons Questions
Tony Baldry MP asked the Secretary of State for Health what steps he is taking to encourage collaborative commissioning for low-volume neurological conditions via the authorisation process for clinical commissioning groups.
Paul Burstow, Minister of State for Care Services:
"The proposed reforms to commissioning, the greater focus on improving quality and joining services up more effectively, alongside a stronger collective voice for patients and the public will ensure the delivery of better, more seamless, services and improve patient and public experience. Commissioning by clinical commissioning groups does not mean that individual groups will have to commission every service.
"They can commission collaboratively across larger populations if that makes sense for them.Commissioners will be supported by clinical networks advising on single areas of care and new ‘clinical senates' in each area of the country will provide multi-professional advice on local commissioning plans.Neurological Commissioning Support (NCS), which has developed, with the support of a number of neurological charities, has been well received by existing commissioners. NCS has produced a Quality Neurology audit and evaluation tool, which allows commissioners to receive a comprehensive evaluation of how an organisation fulfils all of the quality requirements specified in the NSF.
"They have also developed Neuronavigator, a tool to help commissioners to understand the complexity of support and services that need to be provided for people affected by a long-term neurological condition."