• NHS Commissioning Board becomes NHS England

    27 March 2013

    The NHS Commissioning Board is changing its name to NHS England.

    The new body will have overall responsibility for the £95 billion NHS commissioning budget from 1 April 2013 when the change of name takes effect.

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  • NHS Constitution updated

    27 March 2013

    The Department of Health has published an updated NHS Constitution and accompanying handbook following a consultation that sought views on a number of proposed changes.

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  • Industry partnerships in respiratory health

    27 March 2013

    Partners in Delivery is a practical guide that sets out the various models of partnership working with pharmaceutical and the wider healthcare industry with case studies from the DH respiratory programme.

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  • GMC publishes updated core guidance for all UK doctors

    26 March 2013

    Every doctor in the UK will have to show they meet the professional standards set out in updated guidance from the General Medical Council (GMC).

    This latest version of Good Medical Practice will underpin the new system of regular checks on doctors (known as revalidation) which came into force at the end of last year.

    Doctors will need to demonstrate at their annual appraisal how they are meeting the standards in the updated guidance – the aim is to ensure that every doctor keeps up to date and is fit to practise.

    The latest version is also more explicit about doctors’ responsibilities when patients’ basic care needs are not being met, particularly for those patients who are unable to drink, feed or clean themselves.

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  • EMIS Web most widely used GP system

    26 March 2013

    EMIS has announced that over 2,000 GP practices have now upgraded to EMIS Web, making it the most widely used GP system in England.

    A total of 2,007 GP practices have moved to EMIS Web, with orders placed for a further 1,200. Also, 2,564 practices have joined the EMIS GP familiarisation service, as a first step to upgrading to the system.

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