NHS dental portal

22 October 2012

The NHS Dental Portal is a free online service for NHS dentists, giving them 24/7 access to downloadable pay statements and reports, contractual information, progress reports for claims including rejected claims information and information on superannuation contributions.

NHS Dental Services will be writing to all providers and performers in November and December with details of how to activate their portal account. The portal rollout timetable shows the date that each provider and performer will receive their activation letter.

The functionality available to either a provider or performer (which is slightly different), will be clarified in the guidance/FAQs when the individual dentist uses the system for the first time.

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Head of corporate development – salary £60,000 per annum

24 October 2014

Primary Care Commissioning (PCC) delivers expert advice and support to the public sector, with a focus on the commissioning and provision of primary care services. We are an established not- for-profit community interest company now seeking a head of corporate development to support our continued success.

The successful candidate will work closely with the chief executive and directors to:

• Support strategic planning
• Oversee business performance and identification of new opportunities
• Support the chief executive on operational matters including risk analysis and the development of new business
• Lead continual quality improvement
• Develop good working relationships with key stakeholders and clients.

Experience of the NHS is essential as is a strong business background, preferably with a MBA or equivalent. Experience of supporting small to medium- sized companies in sustaining their success through business lifecycles in a challenging environment would be beneficial.

For a job description and person specification please contact Wendie Groves.

Closing date for applications is 4 November 2014. Interviews will be held on Friday 7 November 2014 in London.

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Public Health England targets £7.4bn cost of physical inactivity

24 October 2014

Public Health England has published a framework to address the national physical inactivity epidemic, which is responsible for one in six deaths and costs the country an estimated £7.4 billion a year.

It aims to change the social norm to make physical activity the expectation, develop expertise and leadership within professionals and volunteers, create environments to support active lives, and identify successful programmes nationwide.

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Baseline data for specialised services providers

24 October 2014

NHS England has published the outcomes of a baseline assessment of specialised services providers against new specifications. This exercise, which was carried out last year, provided commissioners with a more accurate picture of service provision across the country and will form the basis of future service reviews.

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Better access to mental health services by 2020

24 October 2014

NHS England and the government have published Achieving Better Access to Mental Health Services by 2020, a five-year ambition to put mental health on a par with physical health services. NHS England will invest a further £120m over the next two years on improving mental health services, including a £40m investment this year to build capacity to meet new access and waiting time standards from next year. NHS England will be working closely with CCGs to identify the areas of most need to specifically address improvements in early intervention and mental health crisis services, including liaison psychiatry.

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Annual summary of CCG assurance and 360 summary report

24 October 2014

NHS England has published its year-end summaries of authorisation and assurance for CCGs in England. The figures demonstrate the significant progress that CCGs have made in improving health outcomes for their local communities. All 211 CCGs are authorised and 210 are assured, with mutually agreed support plans in place for those CCGs that require further development. The annual reports are available on NHS England’s website along with a national summary of the CCG 360 stakeholder survey findings that informed year-end discussions.

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