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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GP and Practice Team bulletin: November 2014

19 December 2014

NHS England has published the latest bulletin for GP and practice teams.

This issue includes details of resources for Patient Online, the programme to support practices to make appointment bookings and repeat prescriptions available online, and further information on the implementation of the friends and family test for GP practices.

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Integrating personal budgets for people with mental health problems

19 December 2014

The Social Care Institute of Excellence has published a guide for staff working with mental health personal budgets. It provides an overview of the terminology and current policy background; it also examines the key areas that need to be tackled for integration to become a reality and makes recommendations for implementing integrated personal budgets in mental health.

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Digital tools for transforming public services

19 December 2014

The Local Government Association has published resource on use of digital technology by councils to improve services. Councils have learned lessons from technology projects in the past, and are increasingly using agile and flexible project management approaches to implementation, challenging the myth that the public sector can’t make effective use of IT.

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Consultation on the NHS health check

19 December 2014

Public Health England is seeking views on the proposed research priorities of the NHS health check. Aimed at 40 to 74 year-olds, the health check addresses the key behavioural and physiological risk factors leading to premature death and disability in England.

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NHS England issues guidance on conflicts of interest

19 December 2014

NHS England has issued statutory guidance on conflicts of interest, which includes specific provisions for co-commissioning of primary care services. Although it is particularly relevant for CCGs considering governance arrangements for co-commissioning, CCGs should note that it supersedes previous guidance on managing conflicts of interests across the range of CCG responsibilities.

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