• Dental contract management flowcharts

    19 February 2011

    There are flowcharts to assist in the management of the small number of extreme cases where it proves necessary to move beyond the approach recommended in the Contract Management Handbook.

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  • Commissioning and compliance: GP consortia and the competition rules

    11 February 2011

    In summer 2010 the government announced in the health white paper (Equity and Excellence – Liberating the NHS) that commissioning would be devolved to GP consortia, and that Monitor would become an economic regulator for the healthcare sector. The Health and Social Care Bill 2011 has given us the draft detail for both reforms.

    This Q&A considers the application of the competition rules to GP commissioning, in the light of the Health and Social Care Bill.

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  • NHS Liverpool - diverting patients from A&E

    20 December 2010

    Working with local practices and the Royal Liverpool University Hospital Trust, NHS Liverpool set out to divert admissions to the emergency department of patients whose needs could be managed more appropriately in primary care settings.  Since the scheme began 6% of patients have been successfully diverted, improving the use of A&E resources and generating potential savings of up to £184,000 a year.

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  • NHS Bristol care pathway for victims of sexual violence

    18 December 2010

    Sample care pathway for victims of violence published by NHS Bristol. 

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  • NHS Bexley shortens the journey for heart patients

    17 December 2010

    Having run a highly successful community cardiology service (CCS), Bexley clinicians set out to review the patient journey for the diagnosis of coronary heart disease.


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