• Technical requirements for 2017/18 GMS contract changes – version 3

    28 November 2017

    NHS Employers has updated the document setting out technical requirements for the 2017/18 GMS contract. Version three includes information relating to change to hepatitis B programme from November 2017 following the change in the recommended vaccine, dementia data collection, national diabetes audit, updated falls Read codes for GMS/PMS data collection which are now in a spreadsheet and Read code for seasonal influenza and vaccination of social care.

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  • Primary Medical Care – Policy and Guidance Manual (PGM) published

    17 November 2017

    NHS England has published the Primary Medical Care Policy and Guidance Manual (PGM), which supersedes the ‘Policy book for primary medical services’ published in January 2016.

    The PGM is part of a suite of policies and procedures published by NHS England to support commissioning and contract management of primary care.

    PCC are supporting NHS England by delivering five events to raise awareness of the PGM. These events in November and December are now fully booked but should your organisation be interested in attending a similar event in 2018 please email PCC to express an interest and we will keep you informed. Please include ‘PGM interest’ in the subject header and email to: events@pcc-cic.org.uk

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  • Current global shortage of hepatitis B vaccine

    8 August 2017

    There is currently a global shortage of hepatitis B vaccine which has been caused by problems in the manufacturing process.

    Public Health England, working with NHS England, the Department of Health and the manufacturers, have put in place a series of measures so that the NHS and other providers can use the available vaccine for those at highest immediate risk. Measures are expected to continue until the beginning of 2018 and will be kept under review.

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  • GPhC launches consultation on revalidation

    25 April 2017

    The General Pharmaceutical Council has launched a consultation on proposals to introduce revalidation for pharmacy professionals. This is an important change to what pharmacists and pharmacy technicians must do each year to show that the trust in pharmacy professionals is well placed.

    The proposals have been developed through three years of research and development in collaboration with pharmacy professionals and involving members of the public. A pilot on the proposed changes was run in 2016 with over 1300 volunteers.

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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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