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This time it’s personal: emerging good practice gives personal health budgets a boost

By Toby Holder, Personalisation and PHB Manager, NHS Arden & GEM CSU

15 March 2017 - Healthcare Leader

As well as giving patients more control over the management of their health, there are positive signs that PHBs can deliver efficiencies. By analysing data across four of our CCG areas and comparing the annual cost of PHBs with the estimated cost of equivalent ‘traditional’ care packages, we are seeing savings of between £120,000 and £460,000 per CCG, over £1 million in total – which is a 16% cost avoidance.

Relationships are the key to successful evaluation                                     

By Wendy Lane, Director of Consultancy Services, NHS Arden & GEM CSU

17 January 2017 - Health 21

NHS England set clear expectations from the outset of the vanguard programme for both planning and evaluation. Use of logic models has set the groundwork for effective formative evaluation which is used to shape how you design and deliver a programme of work

Arden & GEM CSU is providing evaluation support to a number of vanguard sites, and what is clear from our work to date is that good evaluation is about more than just tools and techniques. It is about relationships.        


Taking a logical approach to delivering New Models of Care                                          

By Wendy Lane, Consultancy Services Director, NHS Arden & GEM CSU

5 January 2017 - Health 21

The NHS is short on examples of change which provide the full picture – the start point, the interventions and the results, which is what is required to share learning and fast track improvements in health care. In developing and delivering the new care models, NHS England has set out to systematically make this chain more explicit. As part of this, NHS Arden & GEM Commissioning Support Unit was one of the CSUs commissioned to support vanguards in developing the thinking behind their model of care. 


Magic Numbers                                                                                                                  

By Helen Seth, Associate Director of Business Intelligence, NHS Arden & GEM CSU

22 November 2016 - Management in Practice

Data analysis might not sound like the thrilling of subjects, but there are plenty of reasons why it should be on your agenda.

Like all areas of the NHS, GP practices need to achieve better outcomes, in less time and at a lower cost. That’s where patient data can prove extremely useful – but only if it’s delivered and governed in the right way.


Walking in your shoes – how Commissioning Support Units support Sustainability and Transformation Plans

Wendy Lane, Consultancy Services Director at NHS Arden & GEM CSU takes a look at some of the challenges for CSUs in supporting the STP process.

1 November 2016 - Health 21

Since January 2016, we have witnessed the beginning of a revolutionary change for the NHS with the introduction of Sustainability and Transformation Plans (STPs). These plans are designed to facilitate partnership working within health systems to tackle some of England’s most complex health and social care priorities.


Designing a robust solution to manage Child Health Records

Dr Simon Freeman, Chief Operating Officer, NHS Arden & GEM CSU

Spring 2016 - Commissioning Journal

Taking a holistic approach to procurement helped NHS England design a better solution for Child Health Information Services in the West Midlands. 


Crossing Borders 

Insight by Simon Freeman, Chief Operating Officer, NHS Arden & GEM CSU

Winter 2015/16 - The Commissioning Review (now Healthcare leader)

In July 2015, NHS Arden & GEM CSU was successfully awarded the tender to provide data management and DSCRO services to Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) across the North West. As a result, we were the first CSU to provide a DSCRO service outside of our geographical footprint, as well as being the first to directly support an integrated health and social care partnership board.


Using co-production to redesign services for Long Term Conditions

Insight: by Wendy Lane, Consultancy Services Director, NHS Arden & GEM CSU

Inside Commissioning 

Effectively involving patients, carers and citizens in the development of services can help ensure solutions are more effective and sustainable, which is why co-production is increasingly being used to support service redesign. While there are many examples of projects using this approach to some degree, I am currently involved in a really ambitious use of co-production, where a whole system redesign is being tackled from the ground up. 


New Start, New You campaign

By Elise Barker, Associate Director of ECM, NHS Arden & GEM CSU

Volume 2 / Issue 9 - The Commissioning Journal 

By focusing a campaign on high risk groups in the post-Christmas period, we’ve seen a strong commitment from people to lead healthier lifestyles.

With growing concerns about the rise in obesity levels, and other risk factors such as smoking, physical inactivity and high blood pressure, NHS Arden & GEM Commissioning Support Unit (CSU) worked with partners across the county to develop a campaign to reduce the causes of preventable death by encouraging people to adopt healthier lifestyles. 


Transforming care for people with learning disabilities and autism

Insight: By Sally Eason, Partner – Transformation and Innovation, NHS Arden & GEM CSU

Volume 2 / Issue 6 - The Commissioning Journal 

Building community-based support for people with learning disabilities and autism has to start with the individual.

Following the serious neglect and abuse suffered by adults with learning disabilities and autism at the Winterbourne View hospital in South Gloucestershire, it was clear that services needed to be radically transformed.


Using a single patient record system to drive integrated, patient-centred care

By David Churchill, Head of Clinical Systems, NHS Arden & GEM CSU

Volume 2 / Issue 5 - Commissioning Journal

An ambitious programme to move every GP practice in Milton Keynes onto a single integrated patient records system is not just delivering better quality data, but is facilitating truly integrated working for the benefit of patients...