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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Missing data in patient-reported outcome measures

30 July 2014

A paper from York University argues that comparisons of provider performance using patient reported outcome measures (PROMs) should account for missing PROMs data. It argues that the missing data creates statistical problems and this may make PROMs data less representative of patient experiences. This paper tests out a statistical approach which aims to compensate for the missing data.

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Complying with Monitor’s integrated care requirements

30 July 2014

Monitor has published advice to help commissioners, providers of healthcare services and health and wellbeing boards to comply with their integrated care obligations. The document also explains the relationship between these obligations and the other rules that Monitor enforces.

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Decisions from specialised commissioning group meeting

30 July 2014

NHS England’s specialised commissioning oversight group (SCOG) made a number of decisions at its latest meeting.

SCOG has operational oversight of specialised commissioning and now, as a result of recent governance changes, receives advice and recommendations from the clinical priorities advisory group (CPAG).

See the recommendations agreed by SCOG on the NHS England website.

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How to write the winning bid

30 July 2014

In their proposals and responses to tenders, many health and care providers fail to do themselves justice and waste time and effort on unsuccessful bids.

These workshops on 29 October in Manchester and 11 November in Birmingham will guide you through the process of writing a successful bid, from understanding what the commissioner is looking for to tips on how to make a compelling case for your organisation. You will also learn how to avoid some of the common pitfalls in the procurement process.

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DBS guide to eligibility

30 July 2014

Disclosure and barring service (DBS) provides eligibility, workforce and supervision guidance for those working with children and adults.

The Department of Health has published a guide to eligibility.

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