• Drug misuse prevention

    6 April 2018

    A quality standard from NICE covers the prevention or delay of harmful use of drugs by children, young people and adults most likely to start using drugs, or already experimenting or using drugs occasionally. It sets out what high-quality care should look like and describes priority areas for improvement.

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  • NHS workforce race equality standard: 2017 data analysis report for national healthcare organisations

    6 April 2018

    A report on the experience of black and minority ethnic (BME) staff working for NHS bodies finds that BME people are under-represented at senior levels. They are also more likely to enter into disciplinary processes than white members of staff.

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  • Qualified thumbs-up from review of pharmaceutical services regulations

    6 April 2018

    Regulations for NHS pharmaceutical services in England have largely achieved the original policy objectives and remain relevant and appropriate, according to a review of the NHS (Pharmaceutical and Local Pharmaceutical Services) Regulations 2013. However, the review also identifies unintended consequences and recommends how the regulations could be better applied in future.

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  • 2017/18 NHS complaints data return

    6 April 2018

    The NHS has a statutory responsibility to collect service wide information on patient complaints so trends can be identified and the service is shown to be responsive to patient feedback.

    The collection period is: Tuesday 8 May and Friday 8 June 2018. For general practice the return will be collected on the primary care website. NHS Digital has published guidance notes on completing the return. A letter with further details has been sent to practices. Should practices have any queries relating to the categorisation of complaints received during the year, contact NHS Digital at enquiries@nhsdigital.nhs.uk

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  • Guidance on prescribing of over the counter medicines in primary care

    5 April 2018

    NHS England has published guidance on conditions for which over the counter items should not routinely be prescribed in primary care. NHS England is asking CCGs to take the guidance into account in formulating local policies as well as in prescribing practice. The guidance is accompanied by a report which outlines the findings of a public consultation on these measures.

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