• Bowel screening to start at 50

    13 August 2018

    Ministers agree to national screening committee’s recommendation for bowel cancer screening in England in future to start earlier at 50.

    The independent expert screening committee has recommended that bowel cancer screening in England should in future start 10 years earlier at age 50.

    Currently, men and women, aged 60 to 74, are invited for bowel screening and are sent a home test kit every 2 years to provide stool samples.

    Following a comprehensive review of the evidence, the committee recommends that screening should be offered from aged 50 to 74 using the faecal immunochemical home test kit (FIT).

    The evidence shows that screening people at a younger age would enable more bowel cancers to be picked up at an earlier stage, where treatment is likely to be more effective and survival chances improved.

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  • Events executive required

    10 August 2018

    PCC is looking to recruit to its events team. Reporting to the events team manager, you will have an operational remit and play a vital role in the delivery of PCC events. You will have responsibility for the day to day running of your own event projects from inception to completion and support other events in our programme as required. We are looking to hear from highly organised individuals with previous end-to-end event management experience, who are able to work effectively both independently and as part of a team. Excellent communication and project management skills are vital. The ideal candidate will be passionate about events and focussed on delivering quality every time. If you are interested in joining the team please send a CV and covering letter to wendie.groves@pcc.nhs.uk by 5pm on Friday 7 September 2018. Interviews will be held in Leeds on Wednesday 19 September 2018.

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  • GP extended access collection and updated guidance

    10 August 2018

    The next bi-annual extended access collection will open for submission from 3 to 28 September 2018. Every GP practice in England is required to submit an online return twice a year through the primary care web tool.

    This will set out what access to appointments the practice offers to patients either itself or through other arrangements, over evenings and weekends.

    NHS England has published updated guidance to assist general practice with this.

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  • What happens when your doctor asks you to see a specialist?

    10 August 2018

    NHS England has published an accessible version of a patient information leaflet. It describes what a patient can expect to happen when their GP refers them to see a specialist or consultant, at a hospital or a community health centre.

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  • NHS RightCare COPD pathway webinar

    10 August 2018

    A webinar giving an overview of the NHS RightCare chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) pathway and its practical application is now available. It aims to support clinical and non-clinical practitioners working to improve COPD services for their local populations. For more information contact sally-grace.pilkington@nhs.net.

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