• New advice will help doctors spot and treat Lyme disease early, says NICE

    12 April 2018

    NICE has issued new advice to help doctors quickly spot Lyme disease, so they can offer people NHS treatment as soon as possible. The guideline has advice for GPs and specialists on symptoms to look out for, tests to help confirm a diagnosis and what treatments to use. It also calls for more UK research into Lyme disease and the best long-term treatment options.

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  • Partnering with a purpose: making collaboration work

    12 April 2018

    In its recent planning guidance, NHS England made clear that sustainability and transformation partnerships (STPs) will take prominent roles in planning local systems, which are expected to evolve to become integrated care systems (ICSs). Primary care meanwhile is expected to form its own groupings, each serving a minimum population of 30,000 to 50,000. These can be thought of as building blocks of the ICSs that emerge over time.

    Collaboration will need to happen at different scale for different purposes – in large units for system planning and commissioning, in smaller ones for elements of service delivery. With no “one size fits all” models expected to emerge, what will it really mean to collaborate?

    This event on 11 July in London, 26 July in Birmingham and 25 September in Manchester will bring clarity to an increasingly complex situation. It will look at existing collaborations and ask what is really working and what can we learn? It will bring together primary care professionals and commissioners to understand the national policy direction, the emerging contractual models and the challenges we face in making collaboration work.

    Delegates will learn about steps to take to enable new collaborations and help existing initiatives to become successful.

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  • Investigation of maternity incidents by the Healthcare Safety Investigation Branch

    11 April 2018

    Last November, the Health and Social Care Secretary announced that the Healthcare Safety Investigation Branch (HSIB) will investigate certain categories of maternity incidents during 2018/19. The HSIB will be rolling out this programme by region starting in April 2018 with full national coverage to be achieved by April 2019. Until HSIB formally notifies them in writing, providers should continue to investigate maternity incidents in the usual way. CCGs should be aware of the situation as they are the legal entities responsible for local oversight of serious incidents. For further information please refer to the HSIB Q&A.

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  • Online consultations in general practice: the questions to ask

    11 April 2018

    The RCGP has published a list of questions to consider before using online general practice services. It urges CCGs to consider whether online consultation systems are likely to address current demand or generate new demand.

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  • National HIV self-sampling service: two year service report

    11 April 2018

    Public Health England and local authorities set up the national HIV self-sampling service for sexually active individuals aged 16 years and over. The service aims to increase HIV testing among the most at-risk groups, including black African communities and men who have sex with men. A report summarises who is using the service, the proportions of people testing positive and the costs of the service.

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