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Quality premium 2017-19: reducing gram negative bloodstream infections
The ‘reducing gram negative bloodstream infections and inappropriate antibiotic prescribing in at risk groups’ quality premium (QP) measure for 2017-19 has now been published. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - March 24, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Cost-effective commissioning of end of life care
Public Health England ’s health economics report brings together existing evidence in palliative and end of life care, describing the wider policy context of palliative and end of life care, and outlining some key initiatives in England. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - March 24, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

RPS updates standards for hospital pharmacy services
Royal Pharmaceutical Society is updating its professional standards for hospital pharmacy services. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - March 24, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

New measures to target inequality in health and social care
The Care Quality Commission has published ambitious new equality objectives for 2017 to 19. Despite progress on equality, people from some equality groups are still less likely to receive good quality health and social care. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - March 24, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Delivering better oral health: evidence-based toolkit for prevention
This evidence based toolkit has been updated to support dental teams in improving their patient ’s oral and general health. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - March 24, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Self-care briefing
A paper from Regional Voices highlights the need to support patients to manage their own health better. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - March 24, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Successful change agents
This one-day workshop is for managers undergoing and supporting staff through change programmes. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - March 24, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Seventh national pulmonary hypertension audit
The national audit of pulmonary hypertension sets out to measure the quality of care provided to people referred to pulmonary hypertension services in England and Scotland. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - March 23, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

How health care is funded
The way that health care is funded varies between different countries. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - March 23, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Data collection for new CQUIN indicators – action required by 31 March 2017
NHS Digital has asked CCGs, commissioning support units and providers to register on its strategic data collection system (SDCS) to enable the collection of new CQUIN data for 2017-19. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - March 23, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Providing physical activity interventions for people with musculoskeletal conditions report
Arthritis Research UK has published a report to help local authorities and commissioners to ensure that local physical activity provision meets the needs of people with musculoskeletal conditions. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - March 23, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

National flu immunisation programme 2017/18
NHS England, the Department of Health (DH), and Public Health England (PHE) have published the annual flu letter which provides information about the national flu immunisation programme for 2017/18 and the plan for winter 2017/18. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - March 23, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Screening pregnant women for group B streptococcus (GBS) not recommended
Following a further comprehensive review of the evidence, the independent expert screening committee has not recommended a national screening programme for GBS in pregnancy. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - March 23, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Project co-ordinator required
PCC is looking for an experienced project co-ordinator for its primary care support programmes, including vulnerable practice and building resilience work. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - March 23, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

NHS mandate 2017 to 2018
The Department of Health has published the NHS mandate for 2017/18. This sets out the government ’s objectives for NHS England, as well as its budget. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - March 22, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

National system to combat harms from new psychoactive substances
An online system has gone on trial to help better monitor the negative effects of new psychoactive substances and share best treatment practice across a variety of settings, including A&E, sexual health clinics, mental health services, prison health services, drug treatment services and GP surgeries. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - March 22, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Chief social worker for adults publishes annual report
Chief social worker for adults Lyn Romeo has published an annual report for 2016/17 setting out progress in improving the education, training and practice of social work with adults. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - March 22, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

NHS procurement transparency: NHS standard contract
Updated guidance is available to all NHS trusts on the actions to take to increase openness and clarity about NHS procurement. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - March 22, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

NICE advocates annual mental checks for offenders
NICE has published final guidance saying that people who are diagnosed with a mental health problem within the criminal justice system should receive annual checks, and staff should be trained to spot the warning signs. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - March 22, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Pharmacists in safety drive
The Royal Pharmaceutical Society and the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) are warning it's risky to drive without fully appreciating the effects prescription and over-the-counter remedies can have on the body and your ability to drive. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - March 22, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Eye health contracting essentials, level one
This workshop provides essential information on how to commission eye health services and manage contracts effectively. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - March 22, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

New primary care materials from CPPE
The Centre for Pharmacy Postgraduate Education (CPPE) has made a range of primary care topics available for all GPhC registered pharmacy professionals. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - March 20, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

NHS Digital extends programme to widen participation in digital health
NHS Digital aims to help thousands of people to improve their digital health skills, with the launch of the next phase of a three-year programme. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - March 20, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

GMC urges doctors in training to share their experiences of rota gaps
The General Medical Council (GMC) is to ask doctors about the impact of rota gaps on their education and training, as part of this year ’s national training survey. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - March 20, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Mission impossible? The task for NHS providers in 2017/18
An analysis of NHS planning guidance by NHS Providers finds that what is currently being asked of NHS trusts in the coming financial year is not deliverable. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - March 20, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Government to extend protections for NHS whistleblowers
NHS whistleblowers will be better protected by new rules that prohibit discrimination against them if they seek re-employment in the NHS. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - March 20, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Risk management e-learning
The media is full of stories involving serious problems that have suddenly struck particular enterprises. The cause may be external and beyond the organisation ’s control (such as a natural disaster) or internal (such as a failure to comply with regulations, or issues with quality control). (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - March 20, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Join a growing online network of TOMs users
The number of services implementing the Therapy Outcome Measure (TOM) continue to grow steadily, year on year. This has lead to an increasing network of experienced users, some of whom may wish to share their experiences and learning, to help others who are perhaps at an earlier stage of implementation. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - March 20, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

NICE recommends longer-lasting battery technology for implantable heart rhythm devices
People with heart failure are set to benefit from longer-lasting battery technology in implantable heart rhythm devices, following guidance from NICE. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - March 19, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

NHS efficiency map
The HFMA and NHS Improvement have worked in partnership to update and revise the NHS efficiency map. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - March 19, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Health and wellbeing in rural areas
A report by the Local Government Association and Public Health England highlights the challenges for health and care provision in rural communities. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - March 19, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Final opportunity to participate in national audit of intermediate care
NHS Benchmarking ’s national audit of intermediate care (NAIC) provides comprehensive data on intermediate care services. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - March 19, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

February flu uptake figures
Public Health England has reported that a total of 618,275 frontline healthcare workers have been vaccinated against flu this season. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - March 19, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

New data reveals suicide prevalence in England by occupation
Office for National Statistics (ONS) analysis reveals which professions have the highest risk of suicide. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - March 19, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

NICE gets go-ahead to fast-track more drug approvals
Patients will benefit from access to the most cost-effective treatments nearly 5 months faster after changes to the NICE drug evaluation process were approved. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - March 16, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Medicines Optimisation dashboard refresh
The quarterly refresh of the Medicines Optimisation dashboard has now been completed. Data from the dashboard can be used to help develop plans to ensure that all patients achieve the best possible outcomes from their treatment. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - March 16, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Estimating the economic burden of respiratory illness in the UK
This report finds that lung disease costs the economy £11 billion every year. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - March 16, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Winning projects announced for latest round of Maternity Challenge Fund
Three projects are each being awarded £50,000 by NHS England to explore innovative ways to use women’s and their partners’ feedback to improve maternity services. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - March 16, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

GP Winter Indemnity Scheme – extension to cover Easter
As part of a broader General Practice Forward View commitment to address the issue of rising indemnity costs, NHS England ’s 2016 GP Winter Indemnity Scheme is designed to meet the costs of personal professional indemnity for additional out of hours work undertaken by GPs. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - March 16, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

NHS prescription charges from April 2017
The government has announced an increase to the NHS prescription charge of 20 pence, to £8.60 per prescription item. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - March 16, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Facilitation skills, level 1
Facilitation skills have a positive impact on meetings, negotiations and relationships. Confident, capable facilitators are an asset to any organisation. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - March 16, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Love Your Lenses Week, 25 to 31 March 2017
The General Optical Council (GOC) has announced Love Your Lenses Week in collaboration with stakeholders and patient groups. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - March 15, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Hepatitis C in the UK
The most recent national estimates suggest that around 214,000 individuals in the UK are chronically infected with hepatitis C virus (HCV). (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - March 15, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

NHS-funded nursing care rate for 2017 to 2018
The NHS-funded nursing care standard rate is being reduced to £155.05 from 1 April 2017 following a review of agency costs by Mazars LLP. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - March 15, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Everybody active, every day: two years on
This report provides an update on the national physical activity framework for England. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - March 15, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Enhancing junior doctors' lives
A comprehensive report highlighting the progress made by Health Education England to enhance juniors doctors ’ working lives has been published. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - March 15, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Consolidated channel shift model to help commissioners plan urgent and emergency care services
NHS England has developed a Consolidated Channel Shift Model (CCSM) to help commissioners and providers understand shift activity and what happens when interventions are put in place. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - March 15, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Effective negotiation: tapping in to your natural resources
In this interactive, one-day training event on 20 June in London we will discover how to make the best of a skill that we possess naturally and yet rarely use to best effect – negotiation. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - March 15, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Guidance on smoking cessation in acute settings
This self-assessment framework aims to support NHS acute trusts to develop local plans to reduce smoking prevalence and the use of tobacco. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - March 14, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Combined performance summary, January 2017
NHS England has collated monthly performance statistics for NHS 111, ambulance quality indicators, A&E attendances and admissions, diagnostic waiting times, referral to treatment waiting times, cancer services waiting times, delayed transfers of care and early intervention in psychosis. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - March 14, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news