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computerMay 31 2016

The online portal for clinical commissioning groups to submit proposals for Estates and Technology Transformation Fund investment goes live on June 2.

Submissions need to be made by June 30, with NHS England Regional Teams due to give feedback on clinical commissioning groups’ recommendations on where IT funding should be directed by the end of August. Aspects such as due diligence will then be conducted where CCGs will be able to define anticipated costs and reconfirm their commitment to the scheme.

NHS Commissioning has published guidance on the process for accessing investment under the ETTF for primary care. The Fund backs a “multi-year investment programme supporting general practices to make improvements in their premises and technology, linked to estates strategies and digital roadmaps for the NHS in local areas.” A special commitment to developing the IT infrastructure in GP practices is included in the General Practice Forward View announced in April.

In October 2015, CCGs were advised that they would be asked to put forward recommendations for investment in primary care. “CCGs should already be pulling information together to support their recommendations ... CCGs will need to support the revenue consequences of any scheme and the submission of the application by the CCG provides this assurance in principle,” the guidance has now advised.

Suggested proposals for use of ETTF investment include:

  • improvements or extensions to existing facilities used for primary medical care services;
  • refurbishment of unused or under-utilised premises to increase clinical capacity;
  • construction of new premises; for example for the co-location of practices to facilitate primary care at scale or to promote patient access to a wider range of services;
  • implementation of IT systems which support the development of primary care at scale and integrated working practices;
  • technology which enables the public to have better access to services.

NHS Commissioning has said that a “three year pipeline of investment” will have six-monthly review to assess progress and may ask CCGs of they would like to recommend further schemes.

Later this month, NHS England will host a number of webinars on the Digital Primary Care Maturity Assurance module. This will look at the set of ‘maturity’ indicators that have been developed to help assess the digital capability of GP surgeries. The Primary Care Web Tool will be released on 13 June.

Links:

NHS Commissioning ETTF

ETTF guidance for CCGs

NHS England DPCMA webinars

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