• General Medical Services contract requirement on routine frailty identification

    9 October 2017

    NHS England has updated guidance for general practices to support implementation of the new frailty requirements in the 2017/18 GP contract. It provides an explanation as to why routine frailty identification is included, what a general practice is required to do, with signposting to further support. In addition to this NHS England, supported by the British Medical Association (BMA) General Practice Committee and NHS Employers, have issued additional guidance to highlight the requirement to apply clinical judgement to confirm frailty in relation to the introduction of routine frailty identification in the new General Medical Services contract.

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  • New hexavalent vaccine including Hepatitis B for primary immunisations

    9 October 2017

    From 1 October 2017, all babies born on or after 1 August 2017 will become eligible for a hexavalent vaccine which includes Hepatitis B (HepB) for their primary immunisations. This vaccine, called Infanrix hexa, will replace those used before. Infanrix hexa is a combination vaccine used to protect against diphtheria, tetanus, whooping cough, HepB, polio and disease caused by Haemophilus influenzae type b. Guidance for health professionals and suppliers, regarding implementation of the vaccine in electronic systems, is available on the NHS England website.

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  • GMS contract changes 2017/18

    9 October 2017

    NHS Employers and the British Medical Association’s General Practitioners Committee (GPC) have announced changes to the General Medical Services (GMS) contract in England for 2017/18.

    The contract for 2017/18 will see an investment of some £238.7 million. The guidance and other useful documents are available on the NHS Employers website.

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  • Survey of adults receiving social care and support services shows slight rise in reports of feeling safe

    6 October 2017

    More people receiving social services care feel "as safe as they want" according to the results of a survey published by NHS Digital.

    According to the latest report for 2016/17 70.1% feel safe, a small rise (0.9%) over the previous year.

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  • NHS England appoints local government leader as national learning disability director

    6 October 2017

    NHS England has announced the appointment of Ray James as its first national learning disability director, whose role is to improve services to people with a learning disability, their families and carers.

    James is the former national president of the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services and the long-standing executive director of health, housing and adult social care at the London Borough of Enfield.

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