A change in legislation means advanced paramedics are now able to prescribe, bringing huge benefits to patients and the NHS. This means there will be better use of paramedics’ skills, allowing them to provide care closer to home. It will also improve patient experience while easing demand on other busy urgent and emergency care services, as well as reducing NHS costs. Once these highly trained paramedics have received a period of additional training they will be able to prescribe medicines for their patients. This is likely to happen in practice early next year.
The Department of Health and Social Care and NHS England have launched a consultation on extending the legal rights to have a personal health budget or integrated personal budget. The consultation seeks views on extending rights to a range of people, including those with social care and health needs, people accessing mental health services, and armed forces personnel who are leaving services and eligible for ongoing NHS care. The consultation is open until 8 June 2018.
A report by a cancer charity finds that four in ten prostate cancer cases are diagnosed late and warns that action is needed to avert a potential prostate cancer crisis by 2030. It also brings together commentary and thought-leadership from some of the UK’s leading experts in the field.
NICE says people growing older with learning disabilities need to have annual health checks to help them manage conditions that can quickly affect them as they grow older.
New guidance from NICE, advises health and social care workers to help organise regular health assessments for older people with learning disabilities because they may find it difficult to express their needs and be heard.
Older people with learning disabilities are more likely to develop serious health problems such as epilepsy or pneumonia. They are more likely to die from these conditions because of late diagnosis. They may also find it hard to access health services because of hearing or sight problems.
NHS England and Public Health England (PHE) have written to GP practices about the 2018/19 shingles programme. The letter provides a reminder of the eligibility criteria and highlights the first evidence from the evaluation of the shingles immunisation programme.