• Shingles programme 2018/19

    13 April 2018

    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.

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  • Information for patients on referrals to a specialist

    13 April 2018

    NHS England, with the support of the British Medical Association and the National Association of Patient Participation, has produced a leaflet about changes in the NHS standard contract which require hospitals to take responsibility for certain aspects of care. Aimed at patients, it advises what they can expect from both their GP and the hospital when they are referred to a specialist. GP practices will shortly be sent 100 leaflets each. Alternative accessible formats will shortly be available for download.

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  • 2018/19 quality and outcomes framework guidance and audit requirements

    13 April 2018

    NHS Employers, on behalf and NHS England and the BMA’s General Practitioners Committee (GPC) has now published the QOF guidance and audit requirements for 2018/19. This document is available to download from the NHS Employers website.

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  • Transforming health care in nursing homes

    12 April 2018

    A Nuffield Trust study finds that a new GP service offering seven-day-a-week support to four nursing homes has resulted in a 36% reduction in emergency admissions to hospital, with the largest reductions happening during the last three months of a person’s life.

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  • Improving delivery of eye health and sight loss services in England

    12 April 2018

    The Clinical Council for Eye Health Commissioning (CCEHC), which represents the leading clinical professions and sight loss charity organisations in the eye-care sector, has launched a new systems and assurance framework for eye health (SAFE).

    Increasing demands on eye health services due to the ageing population and the availability of new treatments continue to create capacity issues within the hospital eye service as well as pressures on general practice and social care. SAFE provides a sustainable, consistent and coordinated approach to delivering efficient eye health and sight loss pathways. SAFE is aimed at those involved in eye health and sight loss services: clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) and local authority commissioners, local eye health networks and providers across health and social care.

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