• GMC warns patients not to take risks for a 'beach body'

    19 June 2017

    The General Medical Council (GMC) has warned people considering cosmetic interventions in search of a ‘beach ready’ body to think twice before embarking on what could be risky procedures.

    A year after the GMC’s new standards came into force – ensuring doctors work safely and putting a stop to high pressure sales techniques and two-for-one deals which encourage consumers to make unwise or hasty decisions – the GMC is urging would-be patients to use caution and common sense.

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  • Independent sector works with NHS to reduce delayed discharge

    19 June 2017

    This report from the NHS Partners Network highlights examples where the independent sector is working with the NHS to avoid delayed discharges of care.

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  • Getting the dementia pathway right

    19 June 2017

    NHS RightCare has published a scenario featuring fictional patient Tom and his wife and carer Barbara, to compare a sub-optimal dementia care pathway with an ideal pathway. The scenario is the latest in the long term conditions series. It aims to help commissioners and providers understand the implications, both in terms of quality of life and costs, of shifting the care pathway for those living with dementia from a reactive approach (primarily based on an acute response) to a proactive approach, for example, providing an integrated primary care and community-based response, with support from the voluntary sector.

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  • Localised community outbreaks of influenza in the out of season period

    19 June 2017

    NHS Clinical Commissioners and its members have worked with NHS England and Public Health England to develop a new system where clinical commissioning groups facilitate the NHS response to localised community outbreaks of influenza in the out of season period.

    Following the central alerting system (CAS) alert which states that GPs and other primary care prescribers should no longer prescribe antiviral medicines for influenza on FP10 prescription forms, CCGs should ensure that arrangements are commissioned for assessment of exposed persons and completion of patient specific directions (PSD) to rapidly supply antiviral medicines. CCGs should notify their local Public Health England (PHE) centre flu lead as to how these arrangements are activated, including out of hours.

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  • NHS moves to end “fractured” care system

    19 June 2017

    The head of NHS England has pledged to end the “fractured” health and social care system that leaves too many patients “passed from pillar to post” by giving local leaders and communities more control over how they improve health and social care.

    Simon Stevens announced nine areas in England – covering 7million people – which will be the forefront of nationwide action to provide joined up, better coordinated care breaking down the barriers between GPs and hospitals, physical and mental healthcare, social care and the NHS.

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