• 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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  • General ophthalmic service fees and voucher values from April 2018

    9 April 2018

    The Department of Health and Social Care has published details of NHS general ophthalmic fees and optical voucher values for financial year 2018 to 2019.

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  • Extension to community pharmacy urgent medicines advanced service

    26 March 2018

    Documentation relating to the extension of the NHS urgent medicines advanced services (NUMSAS) pilot has now been published on the NHS England website. Pharmacies do not need to take any action to continue to provide the pilot service. However, all pharmacies and relevant staff should be made aware of the link above and the amended documents available to support the pilot, particularly the updated NUMSAS service specification.

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  • CQC clarifies its approach to dental inspections

    12 March 2018

    In December 2016 CQC consulted on a number of changes to our assessment frameworks (key lines of enquiry). While the key questions (safe, effective, caring, responsive and well-led) will remain the same, CQC has introduced one set of key lines of enquiry for health services and one set for adult social care services. These have now been updated to reflect which key lines of enquiry do not apply to dentistry. From April 2018 CQC will be introducing the updated assessment framework for dentistry.

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  • Dentists can’t pass on payment card fees

    10 January 2018

    From 13 January 2018 a new EU directive called the Payment Services Directive comes into force. This will stop businesses such as dental practices from being able to apply charges when patients use their debit or credit cards to make payments.

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