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Commissioning Guidance & Case Studies

2016/2017 Commissioning Guidance launched – more detail, more involvement and in a new format!

We are pleased to share the 2016-17 SCN Commissioning Guidance.  This year there are two main differences in our approach:

  1. We have included commissioning support and guidance from Public Health England, Oxford Academic Health Science Network and Health Education England.
  2. This year the guidance is developed as a web portal which aims to be accessible, intuitive, convenient and more detailed.commg-guidance-image

While the Guidance is segmented by the clinical areas covered by the SCN, we would like to stress some underlying principles:

  • Prevention is a key priority for all and is everyone’s responsibility. We are pleased to partner with PHE and bring their message to you with ideas for what needs to be addressed, examples of how it can be done and the potential gain from the initiatives.
  • The integration of mental and physical health is key to providing holistic patient-centred care. This is gaining traction in clinical areas such as perinatal mental health, cardiovascular disease and serious mental illness, the entire long term condition agenda and end of life care.
  • With the significant proportion of health care burden on patients and the system related to long term conditions, the importance of the TV LTC transformational programme cannot be overemphasised. The traction that programme has gained in primary care now needs to be firmly embedded and systematised.
  • The current push for system working gives us all the opportunity to contribute in different ways and at varying levels towards the same aim.

Commissioning Guidance 2015/16 launched

The Thames Valley and Milton Keynes SCN & Senate are delighted to be working so closely with our CCG and Acute Trusts 
across all elements of our work programmes. Following feedback from last year's commissioning guidance, we are publishing 
this year's version earlier in the calendar to maximise the opportunities for discussion and 
inclusion in next year's commissioning plans, generate further discussion and enable evidence based 
decision making.

We are more than happy to discuss how this guidance could be utilised locally - please connect with your 
relevant Network Manager for more information (Contact details at the back of the guidance).

Commg guidance sept 15






The Thames Valley Strategic Clinical Network is working hard across the region to share best practice, provide guidance on variation and promote the excellent work of our peer organisations as a vehicle to improve both the way we work and patient outcomes. Below are some examples of where we are adding value across the system;

Commissioning Guidance 2014/2015


Commissioning Guidance Issued Oct 14

CCG Commissioning Guidance

Summary showing how Commissioning Guidance assists commissioning decisions

MH Commissioning Guidance 2015 FINAL_Page_01

Mental Health commissioning guidance issued Feb 2015



Further case studies highlighting the roles the TVSCN play across the patch


Transformation – Using the House of Care Approach

Improvements in Stroke

Improvements in Stroke Care

Neurology Case-studies-Jan-15-v3

Delivering Integrated Neurology Healthcare