• 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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  • 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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  • 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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