North of England Commissioning Support Unit

Case Studies

Update from Evaluation Information Sharing Event

April 10, 2017 News R&D

The NECS Research and Evidence Team hosted an Evaluation Event on Thursday 16th February at the Durham Centre in Belmont. The event was aimed at NHS and healthcare staff, those responsible for making commissioning decisions and those with an interest in research and evaluation. The...

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NECS to play key role in transforming North East urgent and emergency care

March 1, 2016 Communications News

The North of England Commissioning Support Unit (NECS) has been awarded a contract, through the Lead Provider Framework, that will influence important changes in the NHS. NECS, with offices in Newcastle, Durham, Teesside and Cumbria, will provide support to eight vanguard areas...

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HR review to sharpen the organisation

December 4, 2015 Business Support News

South Tees CCG recognised its administrative support function could potentially work more efficiently. To identify areas of improvement the CCG engaged their dedicated NECS HR Business Partner to undertake a review. The challenge The CCG administrative support function was made up of...

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New Care Model Value Proposition

December 4, 2015 News Transformation

  North of England Commissioning Support (NECS) supported Harrogate and Rural District CCG to produce a Value Proposition to the New Care Models. Demonstrating how they could make efficiencies with the aim of securing additional resources to support the delivery of integrated care...

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Commissioner Visit Programme Toolkit

The challenge The commissioner visit programme is a way of commissioners assuring the quality of the services they commission across their providers. The programme aims to seek assurances that quality services can be and are being delivered by providers. In the absence of a consistent...

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Emergency Health Care Plans

Development of Emergency Healthcare plans for frail people in residential and care homes, to avoid emergency admissions and ensure preferred place of death. The challenge It was evident from analysis of emergency admissions using the NECS Business Intelligence tool RAIDR, that...

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NECS creates new websites for a clinical network

NECS brought together all four principle clinical networks (Cancer, Cardiovascular, Mental Health, Maternity and Child Health) on a website for both Northern Strategic Clinical Networks and NHS Northern Clinical Senate. Situation: Two organisations needed a communication tool to share...

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Proactive patient support with help cards

The creation and distribution of NHS Help Cards to assist patients, by allowing NHS staff to quickly and clearly identify patients’ needs for additional assistance. Situation: CCGs identified that the needs of attendees at GP surgeries, NHS hospitals, dentists and opticians often...

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Improved patient outcomes with online Fracture Risk Tool

The NECS Fracture Risk Tool is part of the well-established NECS RAIDR Business Intelligence Tool that enables GPs and other care providers to view clinical and patient information.  This helps decision making and promotes better case finding, that in turn improves patient outcomes and...

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National HR support

January 22, 2015 Business Support Case Studies

A CCG outside the immediate NECS geographic area needed to quickly and seamlessly change to an HR Partner that understood the needs, challenges and issues of their organisation. Situation: A North West CCG previously had their HR support provided by a PCT. This arrangement ceased at...

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Cancer Research regional research and development project

January 22, 2015 Case Studies R&D Transformation

NECS specialist R&D department were selected to implement research on behalf of the Institute of Preventative Medicine. Situation: When researchers working at Wolfson Institute of Preventative Medicine at University of London had to carry out a project in Newcastle they needed the...

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Reducing unwarranted variation across primary & secondary care

NECS have been instrumental in driving the reduction of unwarranted variation across primary and secondary care and supporting practices to improve quality of care. Situation: It is widely acknowledged that there is huge variation in healthcare practice across primary and secondary...

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