• National continence survey

    31 December 2012

    The all party parliamentary group (APPG) for continence care is pushing to make integrated services more widely available to all age groups, and also to help break the taboo which prevents individuals seeking and receiving medical attention.

    The APPG has developed a survey to help provide an up-to-date picture of continence services in England.

    Enquiries to Tracy Stewart by email: admin@APPGcontinence care.org.uk or on 01483 418221.

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  • New child abuse alert system for hospitals

    28 December 2012

    Hospitals will have a new system to help doctors and nurses spot children suffering from abuse and neglect, Health Minister Dr Dan Poulter has announced.

    Work on the system will begin in early 2013 and it will start to be introduced to NHS hospitals in 2015.

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  • Primary care IT services operating model

    28 December 2012

    The NHS Commissioning Board has published a document setting out how the management of IT systems will be organised for primary care providers (dentists, pharmacists and optometrists) from April 2013.

    Securing excellence in IT Services: Operating Model for Community Pharmacies, Appliance Contractors, Dental Practices and Community Optometry explains how the accountability for the delivery of primary care information services will transfer from primary care trusts (PCTs) to the NHS Commissioning Board (NHS CB).

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  • Additional planning guidance documents

    27 December 2012

    The NHS Commissioning Board has published a number of documents to further support clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) and the wider NHS in planning for 2013/14.

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  • The social value guide

    27 December 2012

    This guide is designed to help with embedding social value in commissioning and procurement practices. It aims to help those in local government or public bodies who are affected by the Social Value Act prepare for its implementation in January 2013.

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