Reversing the tide of the UK tuberculosis epidemic

21 October 2013

A primary-care based screening programme could help tackle TB in the UK according to a comment from Public Health England (PHE) published in The Lancet.

London has the highest rate of TB of any western European capital and the UK will have more TB cases than the USA within two years, if current trends continue.

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60 GP practices found to be good or outstanding by CQC inspectors

23 January 2015

The Care Quality Commission has published a further 75 reports on the quality of care provided by GP practices that have been inspected under its new approach.

CQC specialist teams have applied ratings to practices according to whether they are safe, effective, caring, responsive and well led. Following recent inspections, three of the practices have been rated as outstanding, 57 have been rated as good, 10 have been rated requires improvement and five have been rated inadequate.

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506,000 NHS frontline staff have protected themselves and their patients from flu

23 January 2015

Public Health England has reported that more than 506,000 frontline staff (52.6%) were vaccinated between 1 September and 31 December 2014.

This is an improvement on the 2013/14 figures, with over 12,000 more staff receiving the vaccination than at the same time last year.

It is also an increase from figures released in November 2014 which showed the level of vaccinations at 48.2%, meaning approximately 50,000 more staff were vaccinated in the last month of the year.

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Joining up health and social care personal budgets

23 January 2015

Joint health and care personal budgets could offer a powerful way of integrating the commissioning and provision of health and social care services at the individual's level, focusing on their personal needs and the outcomes important to them.

A briefing by the NHS Confederation with Think Local Act Personal, will be of interest to all commissioners and providers who are considering, or already leading, local deployment of personal budgets in health.

It outlines the key themes from a workshop for senior professionals on joining up personal budgets. It also sets out a series of practical approaches to implementation that might be considered by local leaders as they develop their approaches to integrating personal budgets.

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Problems spreading beyond A&E as risk of NHS crisis grows

23 January 2015

The King's Fund latest quarterly monitoring report shows that waiting times for treatment and other key performance indicators are worsening. This comes as the NHS struggles to cope with increasing demand for services and the unprecedented financial squeeze, it says.

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Substance misuse services consultation

23 January 2015

The Care Quality Commission has opened a consultation asking people their views on the ways they regulate, inspect and rate specialist substance misuse services in England.

The consultation covers specialist services for people who misuse alcohol and drugs offering treatment in inpatient, community and residential settings and is open to professionals and clinicians, as well as service users and members of the public.

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