• CQC inspectors publish reports on 32 dental practices in England

    1 June 2017

    The Care Quality Commission has published reports on the quality of care provided by 32 dental practices in England.

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  • Primary medical services regulations updated

    12 April 2017

    The Department of Health has updated the NHS Primary Medical Services Directions. It has added the General Medical Services Statement of Financial Entitlements (Amendment) Directions 2017, the General Medical Services Statement of Financial Entitlements (Payment in Respect of Indemnity Fees) Direction 2017 and the Primary Medical Services (Directed Enhanced Services) Directions 2017, which supersedes the 2016 document.

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  • Guidance on commissioning medicines optimisation services from community pharmacy

    17 January 2017

    The University of Manchester and PCC have launched a toolkit to support commissioners to plan, design and evaluate services provided by community pharmacies for patients requiring medicines.

    By integrating a medicines optimisation service into the patient pathway, the patient can access the expertise of a pharmacist and their team in community pharmacy, which can improve their medicines taking, reduce unplanned hospital admissions and reduce pressure on the wider health and social care system.

    The content of this toolkit is based on evidence drawn from a large National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) funded study investigating organisational factors associated with variation in the quality and quantity of services provided by community pharmacies. Results of the study were reviewed by commissioning and pharmacy leaders at a subsequent workshop which informed the design of the toolkit.

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  • NHS England Whistleblowing Programme

    13 December 2016

    One of the major recommendations of the Francis review which reported in 2015 was for whistleblowing guidance as part of a drive towards a more open and honest culture in the NHS. Earlier this year, NHS England and NHS Improvement published a national policy, but acknowledged the need for separate guidance for primary care. PCC supported the development of the primary care guidance, the main points of which are captured in this briefing and summary.

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  • The Public Contracts Regulation 2015 and NHS commissioners

    27 October 2016

    The Public Contract Regulations 2015 requires commissioners to act in a transparent way when taking procurement decisions and including advertising contracts worth over €750,000. This briefing summarises requirements for NHS commissioners and those supporting them with their procurement of healthcare services.

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