• General surgery: GIRFT programme national specialty report

    10 August 2017

    This report argues that the NHS could see a significant reduction in the amount of people unnecessarily admitted for emergency general surgery if more acute hospitals introduced consultant-led surgical assessments at their ‘front door’. The analysis estimates that this change could lead to up to 30% fewer general surgery emergency admissions a year saving over £100m.

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  • Changes to statement of financial entitlement for dental contracts

    10 August 2017

    The Department of Health has published the Primary Dental Services Statements of Financial Entitlements (Amendment) directions 2017.

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  • Protecting victims of drug gangs

    9 August 2017

    The Home Office has developed guidance for health and care staff to protect children, young people and vulnerable adults from so-called “county lines”. These are urban gangs supplying drugs to suburban areas and market and coastal towns using dedicated mobile phone or “deal lines”. NHS and other organisations are asked to consider the guidance in developing their safeguarding policies.

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  • Issues when implementing pharmacy access to local electronic health records

    9 August 2017

    A briefing by professional body the Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee lists issues to be considered by local pharmaceutical committees (LPCs) and community pharmacy contractors when pharmacy access to local electronic health record systems is being planned.

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  • £500m could be saved by ‘new medicine service’

    9 August 2017

    An economic evaluation looking at the cost-effectiveness of the new medicine service (NMS) has found that the service increased patient medicine adherence by 10% compared with normal practice, which translated into increased health gain at reduced overall cost.

    The authors, from University College London and the Universities of Manchester and Nottingham, estimated that the NMS offers the NHS short-term savings of £75.4 million and long-term savings of £517.6 million.

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