• Survey finds significant improvement in NHS stroke care

    1 December 2017

    Patients are receiving significantly improved NHS stroke care, according to an independent report.

    The fourth annual report, commissioned by NHS England, states that patients are getting much quicker access to the vital tests and treatment they need when they have a stroke, greatly improving their chances of recovery.

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  • Technical requirements for 2017/18 GMS contract changes – version 3

    28 November 2017

    NHS Employers has updated the document setting out technical requirements for the 2017/18 GMS contract. Version three includes information relating to change to hepatitis B programme from November 2017 following the change in the recommended vaccine, dementia data collection, national diabetes audit, updated falls Read codes for GMS/PMS data collection which are now in a spreadsheet and Read code for seasonal influenza and vaccination of social care.

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  • New roadmap to rapid elective care transformation for MSK and gastroenterology

    28 November 2017

    The elective care transformation programme has published handbooks that help CCGs work with their GP practices and other partners to reshape elective referrals and outpatient arrangements in MSK/orthopaedics and gastroenterology. They are the outcome of 100 day rapid testing of clinician-led interventions at four test sites. The interventions could help CCGs meet their national priority of reducing annual referral growth from a recent average of 4% to 0.8% this year. Wave 2 of the programme’s work, involving dermatology, diabetes and ophthalmology, starts next month. For more information, or to become involved in future waves, please email england.electivecare@nhs.net

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  • Happier staff, better workplaces

    27 November 2017

    NHS England, in partnership with Hope 4 the Community (CIC), is developing a guide to giving staff a positive experience in “compassionate” workplaces. As part of the guide we would like to showcase examples from any healthcare sector member (non NHS included) on what they have been doing to create these environments. The examples could form part of the good practice guidance that will be launched in March 2018. Examples can be sent via an online survey, which can be circulated to others. The survey is open now and closes on Wednesday 20 December.

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  • RightCare diabetes pathway makes reasonable adjustments for learning disability

    27 November 2017

    The prevalence rates of both Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes were identified to be higher in people with a learning disability compared to the general population. To ensure the same care is available to people with a learning disability, NHS RightCare has published a pathway for diabetes including the reasonable adjustments expected to be made for people with a learning disability. This document will support commissioners applying the NHS RightCare pathway for diabetes to people with learning disability, so that all receive the same level of care, understanding and outcomes.

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