Clock is counting down on paper referrals

13 March 2018

The standard contract for 2017-19 requires use of the NHS e-referral service for all consultant-led first outpatient referrals. From 1 October 2018, providers will no longer be paid for activity from referrals not made through the system. Across the NHS, local organisations are working to ensure this is achieved. Resources are available to help trusts switch off paper referrals, including a new video featuring Yeovil health community and an implementation pack. A new communication toolkit is available to help trusts plan and deliver effective internal and external communications. All are available on the NHS Digital website.

 

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New code of conduct for AI systems

20 February 2019

The Department of Health and Social Care has issued a code of conduct for artificial intelligence (AI) and other data-driven technologies will ensure that only the best and safest systems are used by the NHS.

The code encourages technology companies to meet a gold-standard set of principles to protect patient data to the highest standards. It has been drawn up with the help of industry, academics and patient groups.

The aim is to make it easier for suppliers to develop technologies that tackle some of the biggest issues in healthcare, such as dementia, obesity and cancer. It will also help health and care providers choose safe, effective and secure technology to improve the services they provide.

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More on GMS contract changes 2019/20

20 February 2019

NHS England has written to directors of primary care and senior CCG managers with further details of changes to the GMS contract for 2019/20. It includes notification of the one-off payment for indemnity inflation, changes to the value of QOF, global sum and out-of-hours payments, and the £1.761 per weighted patient for signing up to the forthcoming network contract directed enhanced service (DES).

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Tobacco control assessment tools

19 February 2019

Self-assessment tools from Public Health England help local public health bodies to scrutinise their tobacco control work.

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EU advice notice on falsified medicines directive

19 February 2019

The Safety Features Delegated Regulation, part of the EU Falsified Medicines Directive (FMD), will apply in the UK from 9 February 2019. Healthcare institutions are required to verify and decommission medicines supplied or administered directly to patients. All GP practices “personally administer” some medications and the decommissioning of these elements are covered by the GPIT operating model arrangements and centrally funded. According to the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) FMD requirements would need to removed from law in the event of a no deal EU exit as we would no longer have access to the EU system. FMD preparations need to continue “with appropriate caution” given the possibility of a no deal scenario, the MHRA says.

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NICE draft guidance recommends pertuzumab for early treatment of breast cancer

19 February 2019

NICE has published guidance recommending pertuzumab (Perjeta, Roche) for treating early HER2-positive breast cancer in people whose disease has spread to their lymph nodes.

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