DH publications

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    Transparency data: Permanent secretaries’ meetings with external organisations 2017

    14 December 2017, 12:30 pm

    Information relating to meetings held between permanent secretaries and external organisations, newspaper and other media proprietors, editors and other senior executives, for 2017.

    Corporate report: Department of Health single departmental plan

    14 December 2017, 12:30 pm

    This single departmental plan sets out our objectives and how we will achieve them.

    Open consultation: Introducing ‘opt-out’ consent for organ and tissue donation in England

    12 December 2017, 9:36 am

    We have launched a consultation about organ and tissue donation. The government wants to know what people think about proposed changes in which people are considered willing to be an organ donor after their death, unless they have ‘opted out’.

    We want to find out what people think of how the changes to the system should be made, and what else they think the government needs to consider.

    The defining issues of the new system are:

    • how much say families have in their deceased relative’s decision to donate their organs
    • when exemptions to ‘opt-out’ would be needed, and what safeguards would be necessary
    • how a new system might affect certain groups depending on age, disability, race or faith

    Policy paper: Fifth meeting of the UK-China High-Level People to People Dialogue: joint statement

    11 December 2017, 6:00 pm

    Chinese Vice Premier Mme Liu Yandong and UK Secretary of State for Health Jeremy Hunt signed this joint statement of the fifth meeting of the UK-China High-Level People to People Dialogue on 7 December 2017.

    UK-China ambassadorial diplomatic relations were established 45 years ago and have resulted in the deepening of bilateral ties in this Golden Era of UK-China relations. During the meeting in London, chaired by Mme Liu and Jeremy Hunt, the 2 sides recognised how the People to People Dialogue has promoted mutual understanding and trust between the UK and China. They agreed to strengthen exchanges and further develop frameworks for collaboration in key areas.

    Correspondence: Pay review body remit letters from Jeremy Hunt 2018 to 2019

    7 December 2017, 12:16 pm

    The letters on this page set out the remit from the Department of Health to the NHS Pay Review Body (NHSPRB), and the Review Body on Doctors’ and Dentists’ Remuneration (DDRB) for the pay round for financial year 2018 to 2019.

    Guidance: A framework for mental health research

    7 December 2017, 11:49 am

    This framework provides a collective view of how mental health research should develop in the UK over the next decade. It sets out a structure to improve co-ordination and strengthen the focus on areas where mental health research is likely to translate into significant health benefit.

    This document is a response to a recommendation in the Five Year Forward View for Mental Health report that the Department of Health lead on the development of a 10-year strategy for mental health research. The Five Year Forward View for Mental Health report was published in February 2016 by the independent Mental Health Taskforce.

    Open consultation: Transforming children and young people’s mental health provision: a green paper

    4 December 2017, 2:33 pm

    The government is asking people for their views on a green paper setting out measures to improve mental health support for children and young people.

    The green paper focuses on earlier intervention and prevention, especially in and linked to schools and colleges.

    The proposals include:

    • creating a new mental health workforce of community-based mental health support teams
    • every school and college will be encouraged to appoint a designated lead for mental health
    • a new 4-week waiting time for NHS children and young people’s mental health services to be piloted in some areas

    Policy paper: Government response to report on Brexit and health and social care

    1 December 2017, 5:03 pm

    This command paper sets out the government’s response to the report on the impact of Brexit on health and social care published by the House of Commons Health Committee in April 2017.

    Policy paper: The government’s response to an incompatibility in the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 2008

    1 December 2017, 2:47 pm

    This command paper presents a remedial order to Parliament for scrutiny. The order addresses an incompatibility in the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 2008 and will allow a single person to apply for a parental order, which transfers legal parenthood after a surrogacy arrangement.

    Policy paper: Improving lives: the future of work, health and disability

    30 November 2017, 12:29 pm

    Updated: Added Welsh executive summary of ‘Improving lives: the future of work, health and disability’.

    This publication sets out the government’s strategy on the future of work, health and disability. We will take action across 3 settings – welfare, the workplace and the health system, to transform employment prospects for disabled people and people with long term health conditions. It includes the government’s commitment to see one million more disabled people in work over the next 10 years.

    It describes how responses to the October 2016 consultation Work, health and disability: improving lives have informed the government’s plans. It also:

    This document sets out actions focused on:

    • every employer – and the crucial role played by managers and supervisors in creating healthy and inclusive workplaces where all can thrive and progress
    • a sustainable welfare system and employment support system that operates in partnership with the health system and as part of strong wider local partnerships to move people into work when they are ready
    • health services – with health professionals ready to talk about health barriers to work, timely access to appropriate treatments, and effective occupational health services accessible by all in work

    Alternative formats

    Audio version

    Audio version: Improving lives: the future of work, health and disability

    British Sign Language (BSL) version

    BSL version: Improving lives: the future of work, health and disability

    Other formats

    Braille copies can be ordered by:

    Email: workandhealth@dwp.gsi.gov.uk


    Work and Health Unit

    Second Floor

    Caxton House

    6-12 Tothill Street


    SW1H 9NA

    Open consultation: Restraint and restrictive intervention: draft guidance

    29 November 2017, 1:17 pm

    The Department of Health is consulting on draft guidance on reducing the need for restraint and restrictive intervention for children and young people with learning disabilities, autistic spectrum disorder and mental health needs.

    The consultation is seeking views on how well this draft guidance helps a range of settings and services to support children recognised as being at higher risk of restraint. The guidance applies to health and care settings and special educational settings.

    The Department of Health and the Department for Education commissioned the Council for Disabled Children to draft this guidance.

    Guidance: Safer maternity care: progress and next steps

    28 November 2017, 1:44 pm

    This document reports on progress and next steps with implementation of the safer maternity care action plan, and sets out additional measures for further and quicker improvement, including:

    • improving rigour and quality of investigations into term stillbirths, neonatal and maternal deaths, and serious brain injuries, and learning from the investigations
    • more support for maternity and neonatal training
    • looking into giving coroners powers to conduct investigations into stillbirths
    • aiming to reduce the national rate of pre-term births from 8% to 6%
    • bringing forward from 2030 to 2025 the ambition to halve rates of stillbirths, neonatal and maternal deaths, and brain injuries occurring during or soon after birth

    The Department of Health commissioned a report from the Neonatal Data Analysis Unit (NDAU) at Imperial College London. The report provides an agreed working definition of brain injuries occurring during or soon after birth, and presents national annual brain injury rates from 2010 to 2015 for England.

    Open consultation: Knowledge and skills statement for social work supervisors in adult social care

    28 November 2017, 12:15 pm

    The department is seeking views on the Knowledge and skills statement for adult social work supervisors, to make sure it covers the key skills and knowledge needed to support high quality, reflective social work practice.

    Policy paper: Progress report on the UK 5 year AMR strategy: 2016

    24 November 2017, 10:15 am

    The third annual progress report describes the activities and achievements in the third year of implementation of the UK 5 year antimicrobial resistance (AMR) strategy 2013 to 2018, including significant international achievements.

    The UK AMR strategy represents an ambitious programme to slow the development and spread of AMR, taking a ‘One Health’ approach spanning people, animals, agriculture and the wider environment.

    The report sets out progress made in 2016, and notes that for the remaining 2 years of the strategy, the programme will focus on delivery of the government’s ambitions set out in response to the review on AMR led by Lord O’Neill. These include ambitions to halve certain types of infection and the inappropriate use of antibiotics.

    The report is published on behalf of the interdepartmental high-level steering group responsible for overseeing delivery of the UK AMR strategy.

    Policy paper: Antimicrobial resistance: roundtable summary report

    24 November 2017, 10:00 am

    This summary of the discussion between ministers and CEOs includes 10 underpinning principles agreed by co-hosts.

    Policy paper: Accelerated Access Review: response

    3 November 2017, 9:30 am

    Updated: Replaced response document with accessible version.

    The AAR made a series of recommendations to enable the NHS to:

    • improve patient outcomes
    • use the UK’s strong biosciences research and life sciences industrial base
    • enhance the international competitiveness of our life sciences industry

    The response to this review sets out how government will work with industry and the health system to create an approvals system so that cost-effective breakthrough products can get to NHS patients as fast as possible.

    Key elements of this response include:

    • an Accelerated Access Collaborative that will develop an accelerated access pathway to bring breakthrough products to market and then to patients as quickly as possible
    • £86 million government funding to support innovators and the NHS in overcoming barriers to getting new, innovative technologies to patients quickly
    • improved NHS England commercial capacity and capability to deliver deals that achieve better value for the NHS and innovators

    Open consultation: Promoting professionalism, reforming regulation

    31 October 2017, 9:30 am

    Updated: Added questionnaire.

    This consultation seeks views on what we need to do to protect the public as much as possible and at the same time support the development of the workforce.

    The proposed model of professional regulation will:

    • secure public trust
    • improve clinical practice
    • adapt to developments in healthcare

    This consultation is part of the commitment to reform the system of regulation of healthcare professions.

    The responses will allow the government to consider future options for the development of regulation of healthcare professionals in the UK.

    Research and analysis: Thriving at Work: a review of mental health and employers

    25 October 2017, 11:15 pm

    Updated: Added a link to the government response and an easy read version of the review.

    We published the government response to this independent review on 30 November 2017.

    Thriving at Work sets out what employers can do to better support all employees, including those with mental health problems to remain in and thrive through work.

    It includes a detailed analysis that explores the significant cost of poor mental health to UK businesses and the economy as a whole. Poor mental health costs employers between £33 billion and £42 billion a year, with an annual cost to the UK economy of between £74 billion and £99 billion.

    The review quantifies how investing in supporting mental health at work is good for business and productivity. The most important recommendation is that all employers, regardless of size or industry, should adopt 6 ‘mental health core standards’ that lay basic foundations for an approach to workplace mental health. It also details how large employers and the public sector can develop these standards further through a set of ‘mental health enhanced standards’. The review also makes a series of recommendations to government and other bodies.

    Consultation outcome: Proposed Control of Mercury (Enforcement) Regulations 2017

    23 October 2017, 11:04 am

    Updated: Summary of responses and government response added.

    We want to know what you think about how we plan to enforce controls on mercury in the UK. The controls will apply the requirements of EU Regulation 2017/852 on mercury.

    We are interested in the views of those in industries that use mercury or deal with mercury waste, as well as those involved in dentistry. In particular, we would like to hear whether you view the approach proposed as being appropriate and proportionate.

    This is a joint consultation led in England by Defra, the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), with input from the Department of Health. In the Devolved Administrations it has been led by the Scottish Government, the Welsh Government, the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (Northern Ireland) and the Department of Health (Northern Ireland).

    Guidance: Ordinary residence: anonymised determinations 2017

    13 October 2017, 1:02 pm

    Updated: Added OR6 to OR10.

    Ordinary residence determinations show how the department arrives at decisions to resolve disputes in the health and social care sector.

    These determinations are ‘anonymised’ because they do not name the individuals or councils involved.

    Policy paper: Indemnity in general practice

    12 October 2017, 10:45 am

    Updated: The document was updated on 30 November 2017 to reflect the Secretary of State’s decision to direct NHS Resolution to administer the scheme.

    The department is seeking to put in place a more stable and more affordable system of indemnity for general practice in England.

    This information marks the start of detailed work with GP representatives and others. It outlines current assumptions on key areas. As policy thinking develops, these positions may change.

    Guidance: Adult social care outcomes framework: handbook of definitions

    18 July 2017, 12:53 pm

    Updated: Added 2017/18 handbook of definitions.

    The adult social care outcomes framework (ASCOF) measures how well care and support services achieve the outcomes that matter most to people.

    The ASCOF handbook of definitions sets out the technical detail of each measure, with examples to minimise confusion and inconsistency in reporting and interpretation.

    Consultation outcome: Regulations on medical exposure to ionising radiation

    13 July 2017, 8:28 am

    Updated: Consultation outcome added.

    European Council Directive 2013/59/Euratom of 5 December 2013 lays down safety standards for protection against the dangers arising from medical exposures to ionising radiation.

    This consultation seeks views on the regulations for the transposition and implementation of the medical exposures aspects of the Directive.

    Guidance: Local area performance metrics

    3 July 2017, 7:28 pm

    Updated: Updated details to reflect new guidance and dashboard.

    The NHS social care interface dashboard provides a set of measures indicating how health and social care partners in every local authority area in England are performing at the interface between health and social care.

    The dashboard has been developed by the Department of Health and the Department for Communities and Local Government working with stakeholders.

    The dashboard includes a breakdown of delayed days attributable to social care per 100,000 of the population and the equivalent for NHS-attributable delays.

    The dashboard should allow areas to compare themselves to similar areas and then have conversations about good practice. It should also provide greater transparency in those local areas that are not performing well to enable improvement support to be targeted.

    This dashboard has been updated since July and the departments will be considering how these metrics could be developed and used in the future.

    Transparency data: Ministerial gifts, hospitality, travel and external meetings: 2017

    30 June 2017, 8:30 am

    Updated: Updated with information from July to September 2017.

    Information relating to ministerial gifts and hospitality, overseas travel and meetings for 2017.

    Transparency data: Special advisers’ gifts, hospitality and media meetings: 2017

    30 June 2017, 8:30 am

    Updated: Updated with information for July to September 2017.

    This data also covers meetings held with newspaper and media proprietors, editors and senior executives.

    Transparency data: NHS Injury Costs Recovery scheme: April 2017 to March 2018

    19 June 2017, 11:19 am

    Updated: Added figures for November 2017.

    The NHS Injury Costs Recovery (ICR) scheme aims to recover the cost of NHS treatment where personal injury compensation is paid, for example after a road traffic accident. The Department of Health publishes monthly updates on the amount of money recovered under the ICR.

    The Compensation Recovery Unit recovers funds primarily from insurance companies and then pays them to the NHS hospital or ambulance trust that provided the treatment.

    Consultation outcome: Coding and import regulations for human tissue and cells

    10 March 2017, 4:22 pm

    Updated: Updated with the government’s consultation response.

    The European Union (EU) has published 2 new commission directives on the coding and import of tissue and cells for human application.

    We would like your views on a range of questions regarding implementation, including the estimate of the likely cost of implementing both directives for establishments licensed by the Human Tissue Authority (HTA) and Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA), and for the authorities themselves. We would also like your views on the associated HTA guidance.

    There are 2 consultation documents and 2 sets of consultation questions:

    • one for the Human Fertilisation and Embryology (Quality and Safety) Regulations 2017, about reproductive cells
    • one for the Human Tissue (Quality and Safety for Human Application) (Amendment) Regulations 2017 about all other types of human tissue and cells

    Annexes B to D are the same for both regulations. Annexes A and F are different for the 2 sets of regulations.

    The quality and safety standards for the donation, procurement, testing, processing, preservation, storage and distribution of human tissue and cells intended for human application are regulated by the HTA. In the case of reproductive cells regulation is by the HFEA.

    The directives sets out the information that must be provided to and the duties placed on HTA, HFEA and the UK government.

    Consultation outcome: Rapid resolution and redress scheme for severe birth injury

    2 March 2017, 9:23 am

    Updated: Added consultation responses.

    The rapid resolution and redress scheme (RRR) aims to introduce a system of consistent and independent investigations for all instances where there may be severe avoidable birth injury, along with access to ongoing support and compensation for eligible babies through an administrative scheme.

    The main aims are:

    • reducing the number of severe avoidable birth injuries by encouraging a learning culture
    • improving the experience of families and clinicians when harm has occurred
    • making more effective use of NHS resources

    This consultation seeks views about the proposed scheme, including:

    • how the scheme is administered
    • the eligibility threshold for compensation
    • how learning would best be shared and acted on to reduce future harm

    This consultation is accompanied by a consultation-stage impact assessment and 2 independent research reports that were commissioned by the department to inform the early stages of policy development in preparing for the consultation.

    Transparency data: DH departmental spending over £25,000: 2017

    28 February 2017, 2:10 pm

    Updated: Updated with October 2017 data.

    Details of Department of Health expenditure over £25,000 (invoices, grant payments, expenses and other such payments, excluding pay bill expenditure).

    Transparency data: DH departmental spending over £500: 2017

    28 February 2017, 2:10 pm

    Updated: Updated with October 2017 data.

    Information on Department of Health transactions over £500 made using the electronic procurement card (EPC).

    Transparency data: DH workforce information: 2017

    24 February 2017, 12:13 pm

    Updated: Updated with data for August and September 2017.

    Information about the number of people employed by DH and its agencies during 2017 including:

    • staff headcount by grade
    • the number of agency workers
    • the number of specialist contractors and consultants
    • payroll staff costs

    Transparency data: DH senior officials business expenses 2016 to 2017

    16 December 2016, 9:30 am

    Updated: Added data for October 2016 to September 2017.

    For SCS2 or equivalent senior officials and above, all travel, business expenses and hospitality received is recorded. Some data may have been redacted if it was deemed that publishing it could impact on national or personal security.

    The travel report includes: name of the official, dates, duration of visit, destination, purpose of trip, mode of travel, class of travel, accommodation and meals, other associated costs and use of official car.

    The hospitality report includes: name of the official, when and the type of hospitality received and whether the official was accompanied.

    Consultation outcome: Work, health and disability: improving lives

    31 October 2016, 9:30 am

    Updated: Added a link to the government response.

    This consultation seeks views on how we can halve the disability employment gap. Despite the current record-breaking labour market, 4.6 million disabled people and people with long-term health conditions are out of work. Less than half (48%) of disabled people are in employment, compared to 80% of the non-disabled population.

    Topics in this consultation include the role of employers and work coaches, improvements to the welfare system, investing in innovative services, occupational health support and changing the culture around work and health.

    The Department for Work and Pensions and the Department of Health are keen to hear views from all interested parties, especially disabled people and disability organisations.

    Alternative formats

    Audio version of the consultation

    Audio version: Work, health and disability: improving lives

    British Sign Language (BSL) version

    BSL version: Work, health and disability: improving lives

    Other formats

    Braille copies can be ordered by:

    Email: workandhealth@dwp.gsi.gov.uk


    Work, health and disability consultation

    Ground floor, Caxton House

    6-12 Tothill Street


    SW1H 9NA

    Technical annex to Improving lives: The Work, Health and Disability Green Paper

    We’ve published a technical annex containing statistical analysis on work, health and disability in the UK to support the consultation. It brings together existing evidence with new data analysis.

    Transparency data: Permanent secretaries’ meetings with external organisations 2016

    22 July 2016, 2:58 pm

    Updated: Added data for October to December 2016.

    Information relating to meetings held between permanent secretaries and external organisations, newspaper and other media proprietors, editors and other senior executives, for 2016.

    Consultation outcome: Pharmacy legislation on dispensing errors and standards

    12 February 2015, 12:00 am

    Updated: Added second consultation response: ‘Pharmacy (Preparation and Dispensing Errors – Registered Pharmacies) Order 2018’.

    This is a UK-wide consultation, issued on behalf of the 4 UK health departments with their support.

    It seeks comments and views on 2 pharmacy-related draft Orders which would amend current pharmacy legislation. These draft Orders are being made under the powers in section 60 of the Health Act 1999 and are subject to Parliamentary scrutiny.

    The two draft Orders are:

    • The Pharmacy (Preparation and Dispensing Errors) Order 2015
    • The Pharmacy (Premises Standards, Information Obligations, etc.) Order 2015

    Because the regulation of pharmacy technicians is a devolved matter as regards Scotland, the draft Orders must be laid before the Scottish Parliament, as well as the UK Parliament. The outcome of the consultation will be reported to all UK health ministers.

    Watch our webinar for more information on the consultation.

    Corporate report: The Department of Health’s agencies and partner organisations

    10 April 2014, 8:35 am

    Updated: Updated entry for NHS Digital.

    This document provides important information about the agencies and public bodies that the department works with.

    Guidance: DH non-executive appointments

    11 October 2013, 11:03 am

    Updated: Updated with details of re-appointments to PHE.

    Details about appointments made to the department’s public bodies and expert committees.

    For further information on non-executive appointments please contact the Department of Health at: appointments.team@dh.gsi.gov.uk

    The Department of Health’s Public Bodies include:

    • Administration of Radioactive Substances Advisory Committee
    • Advisory Committee on Clinical Excellence Awards
    • British Pharmacopoeia Commission
    • Care Quality Commission
    • Commission on Human Medicines
    • Committee on Mutagenicity of Chemicals in Food, Consumer Products and the Environment
    • Food Standards Agency
    • Health Education England
    • Health Research Authority
    • Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority
    • Human Tissue Authority
    • Independent Reconfiguration Panel
    • Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency
    • National Institute for Health and Care Excellence
    • NHS Blood and Transplant
    • NHS Business Services Authority
    • NHS Digital
    • NHS England
    • NHS Improvement
    • NHS Litigation Authority
    • NHS Pay Review Body
    • Public Health England
    • Review Body on Doctors’ and Dentists’ Remuneration

    Guidance: Guidance on overseas visitors hospital charging regulations

    1 October 2012, 12:00 am

    Updated: Updated guidance on implementing the overseas visitor charging regulations.

    This guidance is for NHS bodies who need to charge overseas visitors for NHS hospital treatment, under the NHS (Charges to Overseas Visitors) Regulations 2017.

    The guidance should be used alongside the regulations and any additional legal advice.

    We have also provided template letters, guidance and posters to help the NHS recover the costs of health care from visitors and migrants.

    Statutory Instruments

    Guidance: Master Indemnity Agreement

    5 July 2010, 12:00 am

    Updated: Updated with November 2017 register.

    The Master Indemnity Agreement (MIA) is an agreement between NHS organisations in England and suppliers that provide equipment free of charge, either on loan or on a permanent basis.

    The MIA register holds the names of all the suppliers, their MIA registration numbers and the expiry date of their insurance. The MIA register is updated monthly.

    For suppliers

    Suppliers need to complete the appropriate forms and provide proof of their public and products liability insurance to register for the MIA.

    The MIA guidance notes advises on the forms that need to be completed for registering.

    Suppliers should contact the MIA support team to register and to update their own details.

    For NHS organisations

    NHS organisations should contact the MIA support team if a supplier’s details either do not appear on the MIA register, or if any of the information appears to be incorrect.

    The MIA support team can be contacted by emailing: mia@dh.gsi.gov.uk