The future of the mental health workforce

21 September 2017

A report from the Centre for Mental Health calls for reform to develop a mental health workforce able to meet people's needs in the future. The report describes a crisis in commissioning of mental health services with a diminishing workforce, growing expectations and increasing demand putting pressure on staff across the country. It recommends that all GPs should have significant and wide-ranging mental health training, and that mental health professionals should be given the time and training to consult with GPs and other public service staff to help them to respond to more people’s mental health needs.

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Review to address concerns about side effects of NHS treatments

23 February 2018

Health and social care secretary Jeremy Hunt has announced a review into how the health system responds to reports from patients about side effects from treatments.

The review will focus on three NHS treatments: Primodos, vaginal mesh implants and the anti-epilepsy drug sodium valproate.

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Flu vaccine ordering for 2018/19 flu season

23 February 2018

Information has been sent to GPs, community pharmacists, CCGs and NHS providers on vaccine ordering for the 2018/19 flu season. Further information is available on the NHS England website.

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Health protection in schools and other childcare facilities

23 February 2018

Public Health England has published a guide for staff on managing cases of infectious diseases in schools and other childcare settings.

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Falls prevention: cost-effective commissioning

23 February 2018

Falls cost the NHS an estimated £2.3 billion a year. With 30% of people aged 65 and over suffering a fall every year, rising to 50% of people aged 80 and over, the impact of falls on the health and care system is huge. To support CCGs to provide cost-effective falls prevention locally, Public Health England has published a return on investment tool that pulls together evidence on the effectiveness and costs of interventions.

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Views from the coalface – Join the discussion

22 February 2018

PCC is researching the challenges faced by smaller practices, both rural and urban, as well as those faced by larger practices in rural areas. Please help by taking part in our survey http://bit.ly/2DSmnEy, if your practice falls in these categories.

You can also take part in webinars on 27 February and 7 March between 12:30 and 13:30 that explore the challenges facing smaller and rural practices. Register interest by emailing events@pcc-cic.org.uk.

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