• List of Home PCTs for Pharmacy bodies corporate

    4 September 2012

    Under the NHS (Pharmaceutical Services) Regulations 2012 (paragraph 5, Schedule 2), pharmacy and dispensing appliance contractor bodies corporate can, if they wish, provide fitness to practise information to their home PCT. The home PCT is the PCT where the company's registered office is based.

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  • Joint strategic needs assessment template for eye health

    3 September 2012

    The UK Vision Strategy has published a joint strategic needs assessment (JSNA) template for health and wellbeing boards. The template will help boards to understand the eye health needs of their local populations and support effective commissioning of services.

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  • The Patient Choice Scheme

    2 September 2012

    The patient choice scheme is being piloted in the following PCT areas in England.

    • Central London covering City and Hackney Teaching, Tower Hamlets and Westminster PCTs
    • Nottingham City PCT
    • Manchester and Salford PCTs

    This table provides a list of the GP practices in these areas that have chosen to join the scheme on a voluntary basis. Patients regularly coming into these areas, who live outside the catchment area of one of the participating practices are able to either:

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  • Specialist services: a guide for commissioners

    1 September 2012

    This guide focuses on black and minority ethnic (BME) voluntary and community organisations (VCOs), which are designed and delivered by and for the users and communities they aim to serve, and often have to address complex needs. This guide outlines how specialist services can offer a means through which to deliver the holistic approach required to meet the multiple needs of a group of individuals. 

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  • New revalidation guidance for responsible officers

    1 September 2012

    The General Medical Council (GMC) has published guidance to help responsible officers make revalidation recommendations about doctors. Revalidation is expected to begin later this year.

    Making revalidation recommendations: the GMC responsible officer protocol explains the factors that responsible officers should take into account in reaching a recommendation.

    It is aimed primarily at responsible officers but will also be of interest to employers, doctors, patients and the public.

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