Specialised Commissioning Innovation Fund

Health written question – answered on 19th March 2012.

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Photo of Virendra Sharma Virendra Sharma Labour, Ealing, Southall

To ask the Secretary of State for Health

(1) when he expects the Specialised Commissioning Innovation Fund to begin operation;

(2) what budget he has allocated for the Specialised Commissioning Innovation Fund;

(3) with reference to his Department's publication, Innovation, Health and Wealth, what progress he has made in the development of a National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence implementation collaborative;

(4) what progress he has made on the development of a tariff for diagnostic services.

Photo of Simon Burns Simon Burns The Minister of State, Department of Health

‘Innovation Health and Wealth: accelerating adoption and diffusion in the NHS’ was published on the 5 December. 2011 and we are making good progress on all recommendations.

Work is under way with a wide range of stakeholders to co-produce the diagnostics tariff, how the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence Implementation Collaborative will operate and the detailed operating arrangements, including the budget, for the Specialised Services Commissioning Innovation Fund. The Specialised Services Commissioning Innovation Fund will be piloted in 2012-13, becoming fully operational from April 2013.

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