Developing sustainable primary care

8 May 2017

With general practice continuing to be under pressure to work together to develop resilience and share skills, the latest edition of Commissioning Excellence, looks at how practices in Cheshire are taking their own steps to develop local partnerships and work with a wider team to enhance patient care. Other articles include how practices can retain local autonomy and independence while being part of a super-practice with a population of 280,000 registered patients; and how using clinical pharmacists has become an effective skill mix for a Worcestershire practice.
 

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Heatwave mortality monitoring: summer 2016

18 June 2018

Public Health England’s heatwave mortality monitoring aims to provide information on excess deaths observed during heatwaves each year to inform public health actions. As per the annual heatwave plan, this is carried out each time the Met Office issues a Level 3 heatwave alert. This report summarises the excess deaths observed throughout the heatwaves of summer 2016.

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Risk and reward sharing for NHS integrated care systems

18 June 2018

This report outlines approaches to risk and reward sharing as they might apply to integrated care systems in the NHS. It is designed for those involved in establishing NHS integrated care systems, particularly NHS directors of finance, directors of strategy and their teams.

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18 June 2018

Healthcare professionals in GP surgeries and the community will soon give advice on dementia risk to patients as part of the NHS health check.

Adding the dementia element to the NHS health check programme will enable healthcare professionals to talk to their patients about how they can reduce their dementia risk, such as by maintaining their social life, keeping mentally and physically active and stopping smoking.

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Latest briefing on best value biological medicines (adalimumab) now available

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A second update to regional Medicines Optimisation Committees (RMOCs) on the implementation of best value adalimumab “biosimilar” medicine products has recently been made available. The briefing, summarises advice on the next steps for commissioners and providers, practical advice in the context of homecare services, progress to date in planning for the patent expiry of the originator adalimumab product Humira® in October 2018.

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Manual for improving access to psychological therapies

18 June 2018

NHS England has published a new manual for improving access to psychological therapies (IAPT). The manual will help commissioners, managers and clinicians expand their local IAPT services while maintaining quality and ensuring that patients receive effective and compassionately delivered care. It provides guidance on setting up and running an efficient IAPT service that achieves good outcomes, and which creates an innovative and supportive environment for staff and clients. It also explains how to use local and national data to improve understanding of the strengths and limitations of a service.

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