• Alcohol and drug prevention, treatment and recovery: why invest?

    15 February 2018

    Guidance from Public Health England aims to make it easier for local commissioners and providers to make the health and business cases for investing in drug and alcohol treatment and interventions.

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  • Promising approaches to living well with dementia

    15 February 2018

    Age UK has set out a number of scaleable and cost-effective interventions that can support people with dementia.

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  • The importance of good relationships and sound planning

    14 February 2018

    In its latest collection of news and case studies, PCC looks at the importance of business planning in general practice, the secrets of successful relationships in GP collaborations and the benefits of adding clinical pharmacists to the general practice workforce. A longer version of the case study on clinical pharmacists appears on the PCC website.

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  • GMC to accept new English language qualification for non-UK doctors

    14 February 2018

    The General Medical Council has announced it is to accept an additional test as proof of English language skills from overseas doctors who want to work in the UK.

    Its introduction is designed to increase flexibility for doctors keen to work in the UK, while maintaining a requirement for a high standard of English.

    The medical regulator will start accepting the occupational English test (OET), as an alternative to the international English language test system (IELTS) it already accepts, as proof of a doctor’s language competency.

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  • Campaign to make pharmacies a first port of call

    14 February 2018

    NHS England’s Stay Well Pharmacy campaign, which encourages the public to ask community pharmacy teams for advice on minor health concerns, has launched this week.

    Community pharmacies should receive a briefing pack and resources including posters from NHS England this week.

    The campaign uses posters, leaflets, social media activity and television advertising to raise awareness. Running until 31 March 2018, the campaign encourages people to use pharmacies rather than visiting their GP as a first port of call.

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