• Quality standards for dermatology

    29 July 2011

    Quality Standards for Dermatology: Providing the Right Care for People With Skin Conditions

    The standards are intended for use in any service that provides care for people with skin conditions. They bring together best practice and existing guidance and aim to meet the needs of commissioners in a changing NHS.

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  • Delivering the QIPP agenda

    10 June 2011

    Few areas of healthcare will be left untouched by the Quality, Innovation, Productivity and Prevention (QIPP) challenge.

    A recent PCC event on community pharmacy business essentials heard how pharmacies and commissioners might deliver the QIPP agenda.

    Medicines and procurement are among the initial 10 national QIPP workstreams.

    Community pharmacy would seem to be a natural fit with the national projects that include efficient use of medicines, commissioning excellence, supporting patients and improved outcomes – including self-care and concordance.

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  • How do you solve a problem like Any Qualified Provider?

    9 June 2011

    GPs often mention tariff as a major obstacle to the progress of the government’s reforms, but PBR is too technical to feature on the evening news or in tabloid headlines.

    If it’s not in the public’s consciousness, it won’t trouble politicians either.

    Besides, there are solutions to tariff. Locally agreed prices and sensible deals between primary and secondary care clinicians to make best use of scarce resources are already possible and being done.

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  • Light touch needed on patient participation as practices take charge

    9 June 2011

    PCTs should apply a light touch to new arrangements for patient participation in GP practices, according to one of the authors of the guidance.

    Dr Mike Warburton, who helped draft the new patient participation directed enhanced service (DES) while at the Department of Health, said that the changes are in line with the thrust of DH policy around listening to patients.

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  • How to work with your overview and scrutiny committee – a guide for clinical commissioners

    7 June 2011

    Subject to the outcome of the ’pause’, 132 local authorities have already been identified as early implementers of the reforms, creating shadow health and wellbeing boards in their councils.

    Given that the listening exercise has at least partly been engineered by unhappy Liberal Democrats, who have championed local authority control over the NHS, the influence of local authorities seems likely to emerge if anything, stronger. The importance of the relationship between the NHS and the local authority is therefore greater than ever.

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