• Investigation of maternity incidents by the Healthcare Safety Investigation Branch

    11 April 2018

    Last November, the Health and Social Care Secretary announced that the Healthcare Safety Investigation Branch (HSIB) will investigate certain categories of maternity incidents during 2018/19. The HSIB will be rolling out this programme by region starting in April 2018 with full national coverage to be achieved by April 2019. Until HSIB formally notifies them in writing, providers should continue to investigate maternity incidents in the usual way. CCGs should be aware of the situation as they are the legal entities responsible for local oversight of serious incidents. For further information please refer to the HSIB Q&A.

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  • National HIV self-sampling service: two year service report

    11 April 2018

    Public Health England and local authorities set up the national HIV self-sampling service for sexually active individuals aged 16 years and over. The service aims to increase HIV testing among the most at-risk groups, including black African communities and men who have sex with men. A report summarises who is using the service, the proportions of people testing positive and the costs of the service.

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  • Dental policy book and launch events

    9 April 2018

    The policy book for dental services has been published on the NHS England website. To support this publication NHS England is putting on four events, which PCC is pleased to be supporting. These events will highlight changes introduced by the policy book and help you understand how to use the document when managing dental contracts. The launch events are aimed at all members of the dental team so please share the following booking link with colleagues: www.events.england.nhs.uk/dental-policy-booklet-launch-events

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  • Guide to implementing the patient activation measure

    9 April 2018

    “Patient activation” is the process of making people more knowledgeable and confident about their own care. Research suggests that “activated” patients are cheaper to treat and benefit from improved health outcomes.

    NHS England has published a guide for CCGs and NHS organisations using the patient activation measure (PAM) tool.

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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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