Christine Connelly, the Department of Health’s director general for informatics, is to become the national lead for patient empowerment and the publication of information on quality.
NHS chief executive David Nicholson has set out Connelly’s new role in a ten page letter to NHS chief executives, which outlines next steps in the implementation of the white paper 'Equity and Excellence: Liberating the NHS'.
In his letter Nicholson says national, regional and local work needs to be done to drive patient empowerment and the publication of information on quality “with the same level of focus and energy as the work already in hand on commissioning and provision."
A timeline accompanying the letter says the DH’s Information Strategy will be published next month, as will a publication on choice. Consultation on both publications will run until December.
Nicholson tells chief executives that the white paper reforms are aimed at empowering patients “with more choice, better information and more control over their care."
He adds that work on patient empowerment through choice and information should not be overlooked while the architectural changes to the NHS were implemented.
“We will not wait for all of the elements of the new system to be in place before seeking to provide more information to the public on quality and outcomes and further support patients in making informed choices about their care," he says.
Nicholson’s letter also tells NHS chief executives that GP practices should be given “time and space” to develop their plans to form GP commissioning consortia and that consortia should have the “maximum possible choice” of how they work and who works for them.
The letter says running costs will need to start and remain low and require “lean solutions, shared capacity and focussing of management effort on the areas of highest priority”.
In an accompanying FAQ document, the DH says the Operating Framework for 2011-12 will set out how resources will be released from the infrastructure and running costs of strategic health authorities and primary care trusts to provide running costs for consortia.
Nicholson also tells chief executives that it will be important to “sustain talent and capability” through the changes but adds: “I know that it is a time of personal and professional uncertainty for many of you around the country and I admire and appreciate your dedication and professionalism in those circumstances."
He adds that the DH wants to support current employees of SHAs and PCTs through the changes, treat them well and “where it is the right thing to do” support them in moving into new roles.
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DG and DH still in denialgerry toner 200 weeks ago
Dilbert would recognise the verbosity and labyrinthine messaging of the DG/DH for what it is; 'a survival tactic'. Essentially the DG / DH are saying they are going to sit the White paper out and pretend there is no real substance to it. Either it is an involuntary response from a commostose body or it they think the secretary of state will have to change his plans. But this is not a surprise. To read the DG's letter you would think it was a small matter of refining the pre-existing plans of the DG/DH.
What is also not a surpise is the coded language of control in the letter and the cheek to put the failed NPfIT in a 'cybernetic lung' called 'patient empowerment and information quality'. I am sure the NPfIT has cost us more than MP's expenses scandal but it appears not to have registered with the DG/DH.
The amount of lost time this is creating should be quantified but more importantly the failure to kill the culture of corporate managed change processes should give the ministers the clue that DG / DH don't get it.
There are no patients in the DG / DH offices and I suspect this letter will make no difference to their experiences.
"Can you tell what is it yet?"Unknown 201 weeks ago
...looks like a pretty messy canvas to the rest of us
what on earth is going on - no credibility, no integrity and no track record on which to base this move...and a person paid substantially more than the PM to take us out of this mess - time to move over perhaps
Plus ca change?Unknown 201 weeks ago
Poster No 1; that's extremely cynical of you. There's some links in the article and, if you click on them, you can read all about what radical changes and transformation is proposed.
Oh, hang on...I've just read them...
Seems to say:
Foundation Trust Board = Hospital Medical Committee
GP Consortium = DHA/PCT
Commissiong Development Board = SHA/Region
Provider Development Board = Region/SHA
Public Health Service/Local Authority = Let's introduce another complicating layer
Looks like the DH Civil Servants and the NHS Finance Mafia have already sorted it between themselves then.