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.
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.
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.
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.
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.