• Leading foot health experts call for an end to avoidable amputations

    4 December 2017

    The College of Podiatry is calling on healthcare commissioners to prioritise diabetic foot care and end avoidable amputations that can have a devastating impact on the lives of patients and their families and cost the NHS millions.

    Complications from diabetic foot disease are costing the NHS in England more than a billion pounds a year.

    The College of Podiatry has launched an online commissioners’ guide that exposes in detail the comparative rates of amputations across England. It is calling on commissioners to take action and help end the postcode lottery of avoidable amputations.

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  • Clearer contracting rules for post-exposure prophylaxis with antiviral drugs for flu-like illness

    1 December 2017

    NHS England has published guidelines which set out the contractual position for primary care in terms of administering anti-flu drugs. In a letter to CCGs, NHS England outlines the separate arrangements GPs need to make when administering preventive drugs, such as influenza vaccinations. This guidance is needed as the GP contract relates to the treatment of people who are ill or believe themselves to be ill, but the identification of those at risk of becoming ill and giving preventive drugs is out of contract for GPs.

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  • Template to assess CCG uptake of best value biological medicines

    1 December 2017

    Pharmacists have developed a template to assess CCG uptake of best value biological medicines. All CCGs are asked to complete the template and return to england.biosimilars@nhs.net by 5pm on 22 December 2017.

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  • Annual outpatients activity report

    1 December 2017

    NHS Digital has published a report on hospital outpatient activity, 2016/17.

    The figures include the number of outpatient appointments and attendances, as well as appointments where the patient did not attend over the past financial year, broken down by age and gender.

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  • Quality toolkit for clinics and outpatient settings

    1 December 2017

    NHS England has published a document aimed at improving the experience of patients in clinics and outpatient settings. It considers how patients, carers and families can be involved in quality assurance processes.

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