• General Medical Services (GMS) ready reckoner

    29 June 2018

    NHS England and the General Practitioners Committee have produced a tool to calculate likely changes in income streams that may affect a GMS practice from 1 April 2018.

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  • GP contract 2018/19: Enhanced service specifications

    29 June 2018

    NHS England has published enhanced service specifications, descriptions of the services general practices may provide above and beyond the mandatory services in their core contracts.

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  • 2018/19 addendum to the GP IT operating model

    29 June 2018

    NHS England has revised the GP IT operating model. Changes cover practices with cyber/data security requirements and support CCGs with review and re-procurement of GP IT services. The document is intended for CCGs, GPs and IT providers. For queries, please email: digital.primarycare@nhs.net.

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  • Mythbusters and tips

    12 June 2018

    The Care Quality Commission has updated mythbusters and tips for general practice and dentistry. They are designed to help providers with the CQC inspection process and share agreed guidance and best practice.

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  • Updated guidance to help GPs easily diagnose serious bowel conditions

    3 May 2018

    The difficulty in distinguishing between Inflammatory Bowel Diseases (IBD) and Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) can have a significant impact on individual wellbeing and health outcomes. This consensus document supports frontline healthcare professionals by providing clarity about how faecal calprotectin testing should be delivered to simply and accurately distinguish between patients with IBD and IBS. By removing diagnostic uncertainty for individuals and the potential for unnecessary and invasive testing this should also reduce the pressure on endoscopy services nationally. By providing clarity on the appropriate testing regime, this document should drive the uptake of new care pathways leading to improved outcomes and improved patient experience. (An updated version of this document is now available.)

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