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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Exploring CQC’s well-led domain: how can boards ensure a positive organisational culture?

21 November 2014

Following the Francis Report into the failures of care at Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust, and the government’s response to the report, the Care Quality Commission (CQC) has introduced a more rigorous and wide-ranging approach to inspecting health care providers.

The main purpose of inspections is to assess the quality of care delivered to patients. In making this assessment, CQC now also analyses the leadership and organisational culture of providers. The CQC’s inspections focus on five key lines of enquiry as part of its ‘well-led’ domain. These lines of enquiry derive from research undertaken by staff at The King’s Fund and the Center for Creative Leadership into leadership and culture and draw on a strong evidence base.

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Bulletin for CCGs: 20 November 2014

21 November 2014

NHS England has published the latest bulletin for CCGs. This issue includes details on getting the best from the commissioning support lead provider framework and the NHS planning timetable for 2015/16.

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General Pharmaceutical Services in England – 2004/05 to 2013/14

21 November 2014

The Healh and Social Care Information Centre has published information about community pharmacy contractors (community pharmacies) and appliance contractors in England, and the NHS services they provided between 2004/05 and 2013/14.

The England level data in this publication covers various time periods between 2004/05 and 2013/14. Data for 2013/14 is also available by regions and area teams and the 2012/13 primary care trust data has been mapped to area teams.

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New evidence updates on psoriasis and lower limb peripheral arterial disease

20 November 2014

NICE has published new evidence updates on psoriasis and lower limb peripheral arterial disease.

The new evidence updates focus on a summary of selected new evidence relevant to NICE guideline C153 ‘The assessment and management of psoriasis’ (2012) and NICE guideline CG147 ‘Lower limb peripheral arterial disease: diagnosis and management’ (2012).

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Data on surgical outcomes

20 November 2014

NHS England has announced the publication schedule for further data on surgical outcomes.

This year the NHS is bringing together in one place updated data for the 10 specialities covered in 2013, together with data for surgeons operating in three more speciality areas. The data for 10 of the 13 specialities will be published in full with three more to follow for lung cancer, neurosurgery and urogynaecology.

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