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Department of Health

Health and Social Care Bill explained









The future for public health

Health and Social Care Bill explained

The Health and Social Care Bill is now in its Report Stage in the House of Lords. A series of factsheets on the Bill have been published to explain particular topics contained in the Bill, including its key themes.


Dame Fiona Caldicott to lead review into confidentiality and the sharing of health and social care information

In January, the Government accepted the Future Forum’s recommendation for a review of the balance between protecting patient information and its sharing, to improve patient care. Dame Fiona Caldicott has agreed to lead this review.


Mental health community teams activity data, 2011-12 Q3

The following statistics have been published:


  • Early Intervention teams served 7,624 new cases of psychosis between April and December of 2011-12.
  • 97.3% of patients under adult mental illness specialties on the Care Programme Approach were followed up within 7 days of discharge from psychiatric inpatient care.
  • 97.7% of admissions to psychiatric inpatient wards were gate kept by Crisis Resolution Home Treatment teams.


Personal health budgets and NHS Continuing Healthcare

The Department is seeking partners to help it communicate with young people and those that work with them. It wants to work with organisations from all sectors to develop partnership activity and gain a range of expert perspectives to inform its work. If you represent an organisation or brand that works with, or has access to, young people and you would like to work with the Department on this activity, please contact them.


First estimates of funding in new health structure

In the future, doctors, nurses and other health professionals could control almost £65 billion of NHS funding. In addition, around £5.2 billion would be spent on public health services. Of this, at least £2.2 billion will go direct to Local Authorities to be spent on action to help their local communities stay as healthy as possible and to reduce health inequalities and will, for the first time, be protected. The figures were developed by mapping PCT spending in 2010/11 on to the future structure, subject to the passage of the Health and Social Care Bill, and uplifting them to 2012/13 levels. It is estimated that Clinical Commissioning Groups will be responsible for around £65 billion of commissioning expenditure and the NHS Commissioning Board for around £21 billion.


The future for public health

Preventing cancer, cutting tooth decay in children and the population weighing less, are just some of the challenges local councils will be able to track their progress against when they take over looking after the health and wellbeing of their residents. From April 2013, councils will be given a ring-fenced budget – a share of around £5.2 billion based on 2012/13 funding – and will be able to choose how they spend it according to the needs of their population. Those who make the most improvements will be rewarded with a cash incentive. The initiative also looks at the  tackling the causes of ill-health  and includes measures  to look at school attendance, domestic abuse, homelessness and air pollution.



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