Somerset Practice Quality Scheme (SPQS) 16/17 and 17/18
We are pleased confirm that NHS England and Somerset CCG have now agreed the service specification for the Somerset Practice Quality Scheme (SPQS) 2017-18
This service specification has been developed on the basis of discussion between Somerset CCG, Somerset LMC and NHS England.
Some practices will also be involved in the Test and Learn pilots which are also exploring ways of gaining better integration of services across health and social care for patients. The development of person-centred care is now being taken forward by the Somerset Together programme which includes outcome based commissioning. SPQS is fully aligned with the Sustainability and Transformation Programme (STP) as it:
- Focuses on outcomes rather than outputs or processes
- Aligns incentives across the health and care system
- Offers providers the opportunity to redesign their services to deliver benefits to patients
- Focuses on patients with long-term conditions and the delivery of a person centred care approach.
- SPQS specification 17/18
We are pleased confirm that NHS England and Somerset CCG have now agreed the service specification for the Somerset Practice Quality Scheme (SPQS) 2016-17
The objectives for the SPQS remain the same for 2016-17 and are as follows:
- Provide better value for patients and clinicians
- Improve experience of patients and professionals through
- Better meeting the needs of patients with Long Term Conditions in Primary Care
- Reducing avoidable admissions to acute/community hospitals
- Developing models of primary care that are sustainable, safe, effective and affordable for the future
Under SPQS practices will also continue to deliver high quality clinical services for their patients on the basis that GPs will treat QOF indicators as advisory. Practice clinical coding will continue to be an important tool to manage patients with long term conditions. To harmonise clinical coding while allowing clinicians to practice in a person-centred way, there is a plan to develop IT templates during the 2016-17 contract year and practices will be given the opportunity to influence and develop the templates.
The requirements under SPQS have been further developed for 2016-17 and in summary they are;
- Develop a person-centred approach to long-term conditions management (this continues from 2015/16)
- Produce and deliver a two year collaborative sustainability plan (this continues from 2015/16)
- Participate in the Institute of Health Improvement quality programme (this is a new requirement to participate in a system-wide quality improvement approach)
- Continued participation in the evaluation of SPQS (this continues from 2015/16)