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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Discharging older people from acute hospitals

26 July 2016

A parliamentary report challenges the government to address the scale and cost of delays in discharging older patients from hospital. It highlights the need for urgent measures to tackle discharge delays, which are bad for patients' health and the financial health of the NHS and local government. The report finds there is a poor understanding of the scale of discharge problems, with official data substantially underestimating delays and the number of patients affected.

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Mapping STPs and external funding sources

26 July 2016

The NHS Confederation has mapped sustainability and transformation plan (STP) footprints against local enterprise partnerships (LEPs) and, where appropriate, combined authorities. It enables STP leads to establish closer links with potential sources of influence and long-term external funding.

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More patients face week-long waits to see GPs

26 July 2016

Patients will have to wait to see their GP on almost 100m occasions by 2020/21, according to the Royal College of GPs.

If recent trends continue, the number of occasions when patients will have to wait longer than a week to see their GP will increase by more than three times from 28m occasions in 2015/16 to 98m in 2020/21.

The analysis also indicates that by 2020/21 waiting times will be so bad that patients will be unable to get an appointment with their GP at all on 52m occasions.

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CQC reports on 92 more GP practices

26 July 2016

CQC has published a further 92 reports on the quality of care provided by GP practices that have been inspected by specialist teams of inspectors.

The chief inspector of general practice has found another 76 practices to be good and nine to require improvement, four to be outstanding and one to be inadequate following recent inspections.

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Project management

26 July 2016

Good project management is of the art of getting a successful outcome using the resources available. This is more important than ever in the NHS where managers are under increasing pressure to deliver better outcomes and greater efficiency in every aspect of their work.

Project management requires a specific set of skills, some of which we possess naturally and can learn to use more effectively. But it also requires knowledge and a well-defined approach. This one day training session is for everyone who has responsibility for projects or is part of a project team.

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