• Evaluation of GP pharmacists pilot published

    31 July 2018

    The University of Nottingham has published an evaluation of NHS England’s initiative to make clinical pharmacists a bigger part of the general practice workforce.

    The research team investigated the role and impact of the newly created pharmacist roles from the perspectives of the pharmacists, their work colleagues, stakeholders and patients. The evaluation also considers how likely GP pharmacists are to improve service delivery related to medicines and their impact on collaborative working with other healthcare providers, such as community pharmacy and hospital pharmacy. This NHS England-funded study was undertaken as part of phase 1 of NHS England’s pilot to invest in GP pharmacists. PCC continues to provide support to practices in the programme to ensure that pharmacists are successfully embedded in their new roles.

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  • Hospital vending machines: helping people make healthier choices

    27 July 2018

    Obesity-related illness costs the NHS around £6.1 billion a year and vending machines in hospitals can support healthy consumption habits among NHS staff, patients and visitors. A trial at Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust used 17 cold drink and mixed-snack vending machines to test whether changing the availability or positioning of products within the vending machines could encourage healthier choices.

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  • Integration and better care fund operating guidance 2017-19

    27 July 2018

    The operating guidance for better care fund (BCF) plans published in July provides guidance on the implementation of BCF plans. Letters have been sent to health and wellbeing board chairs, along with provisional expectations for reducing delayed transfers of care in 2018/19.

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  • NICE consults on quality standards for adult social care

    26 July 2018

    A quality standard on the experience of adults using social care services is open for consultation. The closing date for comments is 16 August 2018.

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  • Government response to consultation on children’s mental health

    26 July 2018

    The government has published its response to a public consultation on the green paper on children and young people’s mental health. The consultation ended in March 2018 and received over 2,700 responses.

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