What makes a top clinical commissioning leader? This report, written in conjunction with Hunter Healthcare, finds that clarity about the future of the commissioning system, a commitment to developing GP leadership, and improved leadership programmes, have been identified as critical to supporting current and prospective clinical commissioning leaders. Through a series of interviews with both clinical and managerial CCG leaders, the report sets out how current leaders can be supported, and a future generation inspired and encouraged to take up a role in commissioning. 

The role of the nurse on the CCG governing body This report highlights how the role of nurses on CCG governing body has changed over time, empowering them to make more of a difference for their local patients and populations. It reveals how many CCGs are now employing full time chief or executive nurses with responsibility for the day-to-day running of an element of the organisation, going beyond the legal requirement for a registered nurse to sit on their governing body. It illustrates the impact that commissioning nurses are making locally, such as reducing rates of smoking in pregnancy, providing a voice for practice nurses and leading local service development. Finally, the report also makes recommendations for national organisations and CCGs themselves on how they can support the commissioning nurse to be as effective as possible.

Commissioning for Value: Comprehensive data packs to support CCGs and NHS England in the regions. NHS Right Care has produced a further set of Commissioning for Value packs for CCGs to help them identify the best opportunities for improving value for their populations. The CVD, respiratory and neurological packs are personalised for each CCG and provide detailed information on the opportunities in the highest spending programmes previously covered by Commissioning for Value. They include a wider range of outcome measures and information on the most common procedures and diagnoses for the condition in question. The information in each pack is designed to support local discussions and inform a more in-depth analysis around common conditions and pathways. It should be used alongside other local intelligence and reports to ensure local health economy planning focuses on those opportunities which have the potential to provide the biggest improvements in health outcomes, resource allocation and reducing inequalities. 

Performance of the NHS provider sector year ended 31 March 2016. This report outlines the operational and financial performance of NHS providers over the final quarter of 2015/16. It finds that NHS providers have risen the challenge of increasing demands for health services but further work is needed to continue improving services and increasing efficiencies. Whilst the sector made £2.9 billion in efficiency savings in 2015/16, the sector ended the financial year in deficit of £2.54 billion. 

Achieving outcomes based commissioning in home care: outcomes-based commissioning (OBC) is a means of procuring home care for people which focuses less on the tasks associated with addressing individual needs and more on improved overall outcomes for individuals. This report outlines the work that LGiU has completed recently in OBC for home care, introduces the CoCare app which supports outcomes-based commissioning and summarises a March roundtable hosted by LGiU.