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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Poor practice performance linked to funding

24 May 2016

The new report examined the amount of funding each GP practice in England received per patient and cross referenced this with the recent ratings given to the GP practice by the CQC. This research demonstrates a link between CQC ratings allocated to GP practices and the level of funding they receive. It found that GP practices that scored an "outstanding" or "good" rating received £152 and £140 per patient respectively; whereas those who scored "inadequate" or "needs improvement" received £128 and £111 per patient.

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Reshaping the workforce to deliver the care patients need

24 May 2016

A report NHS Employers, argues that equipping NHS nursing, community and support staff with additional skills to deliver care is the best way to develop the capacity of the health service workforce, and will be vital to enable the NHS to cope with changed patient demand in the future. But the report notes big organisational challenges for NHS trusts, including the current state of NHS finances.

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College of Optometrists reports on visual impairment and dementia event

24 May 2016

The College of Optometrists published a report on outcomes of an event to identify priorities for research into concurrent dementia and visual impairment.

The event brought together expert opinions from people living with concurrent dementia and visual impairment, their carers, clinicians and organisations providing services to people in this group.

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Care Quality Commission publishes report into people’s involvement in their care

24 May 2016

The Care Quality Commission has published a report on how people are being involved in their own care.

The report is based on existing reviews, inspection findings and NHS patient surveys. It sets out what enables people’s involvement in their own care and provides examples of good practice, as identified by CQC inspectors.

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GP induction and refresher scheme: portfolio route

24 May 2016

A new portfolio route is now available for those who have worked independently and unsupervised as a general practitioner in the UK in the past, have had a break of up to five years from NHS general practice while working as a general practitioner abroad, and would now like to return to work in England. The portfolio route involves doctors preparing a portfolio of documents to show that they have maintained their skills while working as a general practitioner overseas and how they have kept up to date with changes in NHS practice. Queries can be directed togpsa@rcgp.org.uk

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