• New frameworks aim to improve health and social care integration and care homes

    30 September 2016

    NHS England has published details of two more common frameworks for local health and care systems, organisations, communities and patients, wishing to develop new ways of working.

    The documents are based on the learning so far from the primary and acute care system (PACS) and enhanced health in care homes vanguards – describing the key ingredients that make up both models.

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  • Funds earmarked for access as more details of GP Forward View emerge

    26 September 2016

    NHS England and NHS Improvement have published details on how the extra funding announced in the General Practice Forward View will be used to help transform services. They appear in Delivering the Forward View: NHS Operational Planning Guidance for 2017/18 and 2018/19.

    On top of planned increases to primary medical care allocations for general practice, the guidance confirms that there will also be further local recurrent funding to improve and increase capacity in general practice, totalling £138m by 2017/18 and increasing to £258m by 2018/19. This will contribute to the overall ambition of investing an extra £2.4 billion in general practice services by 2020/21.

    In 2016/17, this funding is being made available to the General Practice Access Fund pilot schemes (formerly the Prime Minister’s Challenge Fund) and a number of additional areas across the country which will accelerate delivery of improving GP access in 2017/18. This will also enable London to begin a capital wide programme of improving access from 2016/17.

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  • NHS providers: quarterly performance to 30 June 2016

    1 September 2016

    The number of NHS providers showing a financial deficit fell by 20% during the first quarter of 2016/17. The provider sector is reporting an overall deficit of £461 million this quarter, £5 million better than planned, says NHS Improvement.

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  • Mental health check for people involved in Paris and Brussels terrorist attacks

    23 August 2016

    The Department of Health has launched a mental health check for those adversely affected by the 2015 and 2016 attacks in Paris and Brussels, including those present and their close family members. Screening questionnaires are being issued and responses will be reviewed by Public Health England with those needing support being referred for clinical assessment. Commissioners are asked to ensure GP member practices are aware of the scheme. GPs should refer to clinical guidelines when contacted by patients with questions about their mental health or this programme.

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  • Resources to support GPs deliver care to autistic patients sent to every practice in England

    24 May 2016

    Resource packs to support GPs and their teams to make their surgeries more visibly friendly for patients with an autism spectrum disorder have been sent to every GP practice in England this week.

    The packs aim to support GP practices to meet the commitments in the RCGP autism patient charter, which provides a framework for making GP surgeries more visibly friendly for those on the autistic spectrum.

    Resources in the pack include a guide for patients on the autistic spectrum to help them get the most out of their GP visit, and a guide for GPs to support effectively consultations with patients on the autistic spectrum.

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