Publications/Guidance

Guidance for doctors treating transgender patients. The first report of the House of Commons Women and Equalities Committee  highlighted significant concerns about doctors’ lack of awareness and consideration in treating transgender patients. These web pages aim to help doctors see how the principles of Good medical practice apply in relation to trans patients and also to explain doctors’ duties under the Equality Act 2010 and other legislation. 

Get well soon: Reimagining place-based health. This report from NLGN argues that the NHS must construct a 15 year plan to shift money out of hospitals and into investment in communities. It demonstrates that the health service in its current form is not sustainable, and sets out a new plan for shifting the system to focus on preventing illness, shorten stays in hospitals and help people live independently for longer. A new 15 year plan would need to overcome the short term operational and political pressures that prevent a focus on transformation. It would build on the Five Year Forward View to create a longer-term blueprint for a future system for health and wellbeing that is fit for purpose.

The structure of the NHS in England. Major reforms to the structure of the health service in England were introduced by the Health and Social Care Act 2012, with a large number of new organisations established on 1 April 2013. This Commons Library briefing provides an overview of the funding and accountability relationships under the new system, and an introduction to the roles of key organisations. This briefing also highlights some of the key health policy issues for the current Parliament, including patient safety, funding, and the integration of health and social care.

Consultations

Consultation: Introduction of medical examiners and reforms to death certification in England and Wales – Policy and draft regulations. The DH is consulting on proposed reforms to the death certification process which will introduce a unified system of scrutiny by independent medical examiners of all deaths that are not investigated by a coroner. The purpose of the reforms is to strengthen safeguards for the public. The consultation closes on 15 June 2016.

News

NHS England announces £55 million cash boost to end hospital referrals by second class post. NHS England has set aside £55m to reward GPs and hospitals that switch to making referrals digitally by 2018, calling time on the practice of referring patients to hospital by second class post. NHS England and NHS Improvement also plan to consult on a proposal that by 2018 NHS commissioners and providers will no longer be paid for referrals made by paper.

NHS England launches national programme to combat antibiotic overusage.

NHS charges from April 2016.