• Prescription cost analysis report

    20 March 2018

    NHS Digital has published the cost of prescriptions dispensed in the community and the number of items dispensed during the 2017 calendar year.

    The prescription cost analysis details the number of items and the net ingredient cost (NIC) of all prescriptions dispensed in the community in England. This includes all items dispensed by the NHS, except those dispensed in hospitals or on private prescriptions.

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  • New pharmacy service specification and directions

    20 March 2018

    The NHS urgent medicine supply advanced service (NUMSAS) will continue to be commissioned for a further six months beyond the end of March until the end of September.

    The announcement from NHS England is accompanied by an updated service specification and secretary of state directions which come into effect on 30 March 2018.

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  • Tackling malnutrition in England

    16 March 2018

    A report from the British Specialist Nutrition Association reflects on the increasing number of cases of malnutrition in hospital and associated deaths. It draws on malnutrition data for 2015/16 broken down by NHS trust and finds that more than half the hospital trusts in England are under-reporting malnutrition rates compared to accepted national estimates.

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  • Care home pharmacists to help cut needless hospital stays for older patients

    16 March 2018

    NHS England has announced plans to recruit and deploy hundreds of pharmacists into care homes to help reduce overmedication and cut unnecessary hospital stays.

    Around 180,000 people living in nursing or residential homes will have their prescriptions and medicines reviewed by the new pharmacists and pharmacy technicians.

    Elderly care home residents often have one or more long-term health conditions, such as dementia, hypertension, diabetes or heart disease, and on average are being prescribed seven medicines daily, but it can be more, with around 10% of people aged 75 and over currently being prescribed 10 or more medicines.

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  • Dental contract reform

    16 March 2018
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