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The NHS Commissioning Board was established as an independent body on 1 October 2012

The NHS Commissioning Board Special Health Authority was established in October 2011 as an interim body to undertake preparatory work in advance of the new commissioning architecture coming into effec

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The Mandate: a mandate from the government to the NHS Commissioning Board: April 2013–March 2015 was published

The government published the first mandate to the NHS Commissioning Board on 12 November 2012.

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The NHS outcomes framework for 2013–2014 was published in November 2012

The NHS outcomes framework 2013–2014 was published in November 2012, with the main purpose of updating some of the indicators established in the frameworks for 2011–2012 and 2012–201

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The Minister of State for Care and Support, Norman Lamb, announced the national roll-out of personal health budgets

The Minister of State for Care and Support announced the national roll-out of personal health budgets (PHBs) on 30 November 2012. PHBs had been piloted in 20 areas over the past three years.

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The NHS Commissioning Board published Everyone counts: planning for patients 2013/14 in December 2012

The NHS Commissioning Board published Everyone counts: planning for patients 2013/14 in December 2012, emphasising the importance of clinical leadership: ‘The new system gives pride of place to

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The NHS Commissioning Board published The way forward: clinical senates in January 2013

Following a recommendation from the NHS Future Forum to create multi-speciality clinical senates, the NHS Commissioning Board published The way forward: clinical senates, which outlined the roles of c

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The Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust Public Inquiry’ was published (the ‘Francis report’) in February 2013

Major clinical problems had emerged five years previously at the Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust and in 2009, the secretary of state asked Robert Francis QC to examine the cause of the failures

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The secretary of state made the National Health Service (procurement, patient choice and competition) regulations 2013

The secretary of state made the National Health Service (procurement, patient choice and competition) regulations 2013 – otherwise known as the section 75 regulations.

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The House of Lords Secondary Legislation Scrutiny Committee published its report on the National Health Service (procurement, patient choice and competition) regulations 2013

The committee concluded that the regulations would require commissioners to use competitive tendering for more services and that the regulations marked a significant change.

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The government amended the controversial NHS procurement regulations

Faced with widespread opposition and the prospect of a Liberal Democrat revolt, the government agreed to amend the controversial procurement regulations (the section 75 regulations) on 11 March 2013.

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The secretary of state wrote to the chair of the NHS Commissioning Board to confirm that the board would be known as NHS England in March 2013

The secretary of state wrote to the chair of the NHS Commissioning Board to confirm that the board would be known as NHS England from 1 April 2013.

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The new health system took effect on 1 April 2013

The NHS commissioning structure changed to the following: NHS England: responsible for providing national leadership for improving outcomes; overseeing the operation of clinical commissioning groups;

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NHS England published its business plan Putting people first: the NHS England business plan 2013/14–2014/15 in April 2013

NHS England published its business plan Putting people first: the NHS England business plan 2013/14–2014/15 in April 2013.

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A motion was tabled in the House of Lords to annul the National Health Service (procurement, patient choice and competition) (No. 2) regulations 2013

Lord Hunt of King’s Heath (Labour) tabled a motion to annul the National Health Service (procurement, patient choice and competition) (No.

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NHS England published the Interim clinical commissioning group assurance framework 2013/14 in May 2013

NHS England published its Interim clinical commissioning group assurance framework 2013/14, which set out an interim process by which clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) could demonstrate how they we

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Monitor launched an investigation into a complaint from Thornbury Radiosurgery Centre about radiosurgery procurement in Yorkshire and Humber in June 2013

Monitor launched an investigation into the conduct and procurement practices of the North of England Specialised Commissioning Group (NESCG) in Yorkshire and Humber and its successor NHS England in re

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The Chancellor, George Osborne, announced the £3.8bn health and social care Integration Transformation Fund in the June spending round (later named the Better Care Fund)

Chancellor George Osborne announced the £3.8bn health and social care Integration Transformation Fund in the June 2013 spending round (later named the Better Care Fund, or BCF).

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Monitor launched an investigation into the commissioning of cancer surgery services in Greater Manchester by NHS England in August 2013

The University Hospital of South Manchester NHS Foundation Trust and Stockport NHS Foundation Trust made a complaint about the commissioning of specialist cancer surgery services in Greater Manchester

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Monitor launched an investigation into the purchasing of non-emergency hospital services in the Blackpool, Fylde and Wyre area of Lancashire in October 2013

In October 2013, Monitor announced it was to investigate the commissioning of elective services in Blackpool and the surrounding area by Blackpool CCG and Fylde Wyre CCG. The investigation followed a

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Simon Stevens was appointed the new Chief Executive of NHS England on 24 October 2013

The Chairman of NHS England, Sir Malcolm Grant, announced the appointment of Simon Stevens as the new Chief Executive of NHS England on 24 October 2013.

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The NHS outcomes framework 2014–2015 was published in November 2013

The NHS outcomes framework 2014–2015 was published in November 2013 and refreshed some of the indicators from the existing frameworks.

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A mandate from the government to NHS England, April 2014 to March 2015, was published in November 2013

The mandate to NHS England was refreshed in 2013 for the 2014/15 financial year.

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The government published its response to The Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust public inquiry (the ‘Francis report’) in Hard Truths in November 2013

In November 2013, the government published Hard Truths, outlining its response to the report of the Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust public inquiry.

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Providers voiced objections to the capitation outcome-based incentivised contracts (COBIC) in Oxfordshire for services for older people, maternity and adult mental health

The capitation outcome-based incentivised contracts (COBIC) model is a model of commissioning that can be used to unify strands of activities in single pathways.

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Monitor published Substantive guidance on the procurement, choice and competition regulations in December 2013

Monitor published Substantive guidance on the procurement, choice and competition regulations in the NHS in December 2013, which provided advice on using those regulations to secure services.

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NHS England published Planning and delivering service changes for patients in December 2013

Planning and delivering service changes for patients was published in December 2013 and set out a good practice guide and framework for commissioners to use during major service change and reconfigura

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NHS England published Everyone counts: planning for patients 2014/15 to 2018/19

NHS England outlined their five-year strategic plans for commissioners to work with providers and local government partners in order to achieve sustainable high quality care for local communities.

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The House of Commons Health Select Committee published its report on public expenditure on health and social care on 4 February 2014

The Health Committee published its Seventh report – public expenditure on health and social care on 4 February 2014.

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The Framework agreement between the Department of Health and NHS England was published in February 2014

The first framework defining the relationship between the Department of Health and NHS England was published in February 2014.

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The draft Legislative Reform (clinical commissioning groups) order 2014 was laid before Parliament

The draft Legislative Reform (clinical commissioning groups) order 2014 was laid before Parliament on 13 March 2014 and was due to come into force on 1 October 2014.

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