CQC COVID-19 inpatient survey
CQC is carrying out a survey to capture the experiences of patients in hospital during the peak of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - August 11, 2020 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Funding to prepare the NHS for winter
NHS trusts across the country have been allocated a share of £300 million to upgrade their facilities ahead of winter. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - August 11, 2020 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

General practice appointment data
This guidance introduces an agreed definition of an appointment, and asks general practice to start applying this now and systematically, to improve data quality. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - August 11, 2020 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

NHS Test and Trace service to strengthen regional contact tracing
NHS Test and Trace and Public Health England will extend its partnership with local authorities in order to reach more people testing positive and their contacts to stop the spread of COVID-19, the government has announced. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - August 11, 2020 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

General Practice Fellowships for GPs and Nurses New to Practice Programme
This guidance supports Integrated Care Systems and Sustainability and Transformation Partnerships, Primary Care Networks, training hubs and other local partners to understand and continue delivery of the General Practice Fellowship programme, supporting newly-qualified GPs and nurses working in primary care. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - August 11, 2020 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Commissioning and the legal implications of COVID-19
COVID-19 has implications for commissioners, from disruption of processes, to making decisions on resource allocation, and assuring the quality and human rights compliance of provision. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - August 11, 2020 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Homeless health projects achieve lasting benefits
The Queen ’s Nursing Institute has published an evaluation of the ten nurse-led homeless health projects that were funded in partnership with the charity Oak Foundation in 2018. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - August 10, 2020 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

New funding to double nursing apprentices and help deliver 50,000 more nurses
Nursing careers in England will be made more accessible through a new government package worth up to £172 million, which will enable healthcare employers to take on up to 2,000 nursing degree apprentices every year over the next 4 years. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - August 10, 2020 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Government plan for cycling and walking
The plan published by the Department of Transport on 28 July 2020 has been widely covered in the media, including a reference to ‘bikes on prescription’ from GP practices. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - August 10, 2020 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Roll out of Electronic Prescription Service (EPS)
NHS England are accelerating deployment of EPS Phase 4 which allows EPS to be used for patients without a pharmacy nomination. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - August 10, 2020 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Expanded flu programme
The second annual flu letter gives more details about this year ’s expanded flu Programme. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - August 10, 2020 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

COVID-19 response - supplementary materials
NHS England and NHS Improvement have published a range of supplementary materials to support implementation of the third phase of the NHS response to COVID-19. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - August 10, 2020 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

COVID-19 general practice support fund
The Government described the intention to create a COVID-19 general practice support fund to assist with the legitimate additional costs of the response borne by GP practices. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - August 7, 2020 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Testing programme for coronavirus shows virus continued to decline
The second report from the country ’s largest study on coronavirus rates of infection has been published, showing further decline in COVID-19 in late June and early July. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - August 7, 2020 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Managing attendance during COVID and beyond: an employment law seminar
This virtual session will provide an overview of the background to HR issues around self-isolating/shielding, before going on to look at attendance management issues, including how to account for COVID-related absence. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - August 7, 2020 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

The impact of technology in adult social care provider services
Digital Social Care (a group of organisations working to support adult social care providers) set up a helpline to provide technical help and support to providers adapting to digital platforms as Covid-19 took hold. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - August 4, 2020 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

The colour of power 2020
Ethnic diversity in Britain ’s leadership has failed to improve over the past three years. Just 52 out of 1,099 of the most powerful jobs in the country are currently held by ethnic minority individuals. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - August 4, 2020 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Home delivery of medicines and appliances in impacted areas
The NHS Home Delivery Service will be commissioned from both community pharmacies and dispensing doctors from 1 until 31 August 2020, to ensure access to prescription medicines for clinically extremely vulnerable patients who continue to need to shield if they live in the impacted areas of Leicester, Blackburn with Darwen and Luton. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - August 4, 2020 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Interim Foundation Pharmacist Programme
Health Education England and NHS England and NHS Improvement have written to employers about the new Interim Foundation Pharmacist Programme to help provisionally registered pharmacists transition to full General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) registration and beyond. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - August 4, 2020 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Treatments for chronic pain - NICE draft guidance
A number of commonly used drug treatments for chronic primary pain have little or no evidence that they work and shouldn ’t be prescribed, NICE has said in its draft clinical guideline on the assessment and management of chronic pain in over 16s. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - August 4, 2020 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Dental commissioning – an introduction to contract management
This interactive virtual course, comprising of three interactive virtual sessions, introduces commissioners to the areas of contract management they will undertake in their role. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - August 4, 2020 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Cancer Research UK publish early diagnosis of cancer support guide
GPs play a pivotal role in diagnosing cancer earlier and supporting the NHS Long Term Plan ambition to diagnose 75% of cancers at stage 1 or 2 by 2028. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - August 3, 2020 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Your Covid Recovery – new website to support people
Evidence shows that a significant proportion of post COVID-19 patients are likely to have significant ongoing health problems, notably breathing difficulties, tiredness and cough, reduced muscle function, reduced ability to undertake physical activity and psychological symptoms such as PTSD and reduced mood status. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - August 3, 2020 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

GPhC guidance on COVID-19 rapid antibody tests
The General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) issued a letter to community pharmacy owners and superintendent pharmacists on 21 July to highlight its position concerning the provision and sale of COVID-19 rapid antibody tests from community pharmacies. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - August 3, 2020 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Supporting learning from deaths reviews for people with a learning disability
Practices are asked to support learning from deaths reviews for people with a learning disability. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - August 3, 2020 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Third phase of NHS response to Covid-19
NHS England and NHS Improvement has published a letter from Sir Simon Stevens and Amanda Pritchard setting out the next – third – phase of the NHS response to COVID-19, effective from 1st August 2020. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - August 3, 2020 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

‘Covid-friendly’ cancer treatments
‘Covid-friendly’ cancer treatments that are safer for patients during the pandemic will be expanded and extended through a £160 million initiative. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - August 3, 2020 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Roll-out of two new rapid coronavirus tests
Two new tests – both able to detect the virus in just 90 minutes – will be made available to NHS hospitals, care homes and labs. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - August 3, 2020 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Leadership development programme
Everyone involved in primary care networks (PCNs) faces a steep learning curve. This is most true for clinical directors who are carving out new roles, shaping the new normal, managing skill mix changes and most importantly reflecting and learning from the leadership experience of the last few months during the COVID-19 crisis. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - August 3, 2020 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

A Spending Review for wellbeing
This briefing paper estimates that the economic and social cost of mental ill health in England has grown in the past decade to almost £119 billion a year. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - July 31, 2020 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Readying the NHS and social care for the Covid-19 peak
This report finds that the government ’s 'slow, inconsistent, and at times negligent approach' to social care in the Covid-19 pandemic has exposed the 'tragic impact' of 'years of inattention, funding cuts and delayed reforms', leaving the sector as a 'poor relation' that has suffered badly in the pandemic. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - July 31, 2020 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

RCGP survey provides snapshot of how GP care is accessed
Remote consultations can provide both benefits and challenges for patients and GPs and while convenient and efficient for many, ‘won’t be suitable or preferable for everyone’ the Royal College of GPs has said as it releases the results of a survey of its members. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - July 31, 2020 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

New statistics released on talking therapies in England
The Psychological Therapies, annual report on the use of IAPT services 2019-20 publication provides information on the Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) programme. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - July 31, 2020 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Health and care workers to self-isolate on return to UK from high-risk countries
Registered health and care professionals travelling to the UK from high-risk countries will be required to self-isolate for 14 days, the government has confirmed. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - July 31, 2020 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Managing high performing virtual teams
The role of the manager has changed dramatically across the NHS, with over 55% of workers now working from home. This rapid change in team working dynamics is presenting managers with new challenges. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - July 31, 2020 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Resuming health services during the Covid-19 pandemic: what can the NHS learn from other countries?
This briefing looks at the approaches other countries around the world have taken in dealing with the pandemic. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - July 30, 2020 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Excess weight and Covid-19
This report brings together findings from UK and international studies published during the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - July 30, 2020 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Extra university places announced
Additional places have been approved at UK universities for courses to deliver vital services and support the economy. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - July 30, 2020 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

We are the NHS: People Plan for 2020/21
Our NHS is made up of 1.3 million people who care for the people of this country with skill, compassion and dedication. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - July 30, 2020 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

PCC Insight August 2020
August PCC insight is now available. Articles include considering corporate models for PCNs, top tips for running virtual meetings, we share learning from supporting clients to respond to tenders, the role of community pharmacy working with PCNs and different structures for commercial and tax efficiency that may be applicable to general practices. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - July 30, 2020 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

New animations showcase a career in general practice
A series of imaginative short animations covering the application process, flexible options and life as a GP have been developed by Health Education England (HEE) ahead of its latest GP training application round which kicks off this week. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - July 29, 2020 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Chair appointed to lead drive to reduce health inequalities
A longstanding health leader and advocate on inequalities has been chosen to head up the health service ’s major new work programme into the impact of race and ethnicity on people’s health. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - July 29, 2020 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Vision for the future clinical team
This report sets out a vision for future clinical teams and how education and training can evolve so that our future doctors are equipped with the right skills to deliver care in an ever-changing health care landscape. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - July 29, 2020 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

The doctor will Zoom you now
Remote consultations and the use of technology offer some great opportunities to make significant improvements to general practice, hospital outpatient and mental health appointments, but making the most of this opportunity means understanding the patient experience. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - July 29, 2020 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Guidance for clinicians - patients presenting with respiratory symptoms during Covid-19
The Primary Care Respiratory Society (PCRS) has issued a position statement and recommendations for clinicians on the diagnostic work up of patients presenting with respiratory symptoms while Covid-19 remains in active circulation. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - July 29, 2020 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Managing attendance during COVID and beyond: an employment law seminar
This virtual session will provide an overview of the background to HR issues around self-isolating/shielding, before going on to look at attendance management issues, including how to account for COVID-related absence. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - July 29, 2020 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

The future of pharmacy - principles for transformation and growth
This briefing maps out key recommendations under three main priorities: supporting and valuing the pharmacy workforce; supporting an integrated NHS; and innovation. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - July 28, 2020 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Delivering integrated care at neighbourhood level
This briefing forms part of a series published in the course of the Neighbourhood Integration Project. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - July 28, 2020 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

The psychology of loneliness
This report looks at how psychological approaches can help tackle loneliness. It is focused on older people but has lessons for all adults. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - July 28, 2020 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

COVID-19 ‘return to practice’ products website
As part of the dental industry ’s ongoing support of the resumption of widespread dental treatment the British Dental Industry Association (BDIA) has launched a new online directory of members’ products and services that will allow dental practices to safely provide the best possible oral care to patients under challenging ci rcumstances. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - July 28, 2020 Category: UK Health Source Type: news