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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Extended access to general practice

2 December 2016

NHS England has published the latest data on evening and weekend access to GP appointments. The data collected in October 2016 is the first of a twice yearly collection until March 2021.

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Monitoring the Mental Health Act in 2015/16

2 December 2016

This annual report on the use of the Mental Health Act looks at how providers are caring for patients and whether patient’s rights are being protected. The report found many examples of good practice but also discovered that good care is not consistent across the country. The priorities for change highlighted include stronger leadership from providers; a more local and needs-based approach from commissioners; and greater collaboration between the Department of Health and national agencies on early intervention to reduce detention rates.

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Improved dashboard to help optimise the use of medicines

2 December 2016

Medicines play a vital role in improving people’s lives but up to 50% of medicines are not taken as intended by the prescriber, resulting in wasted resources and poor outcomes for patients.

In 2014 NHS England launched its medicines optimisation dashboard to help inform local discussions about how to improve patient outcomes and get better value from our medicines spend. Since then it has been evaluated and modified based on what commissioners, prescribers and other healthcare providers want to see. Visit the new and improved dashboard to explore how you can use it to optimise medicines use for patients.

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Case for routine prescribing by pharmacists for long term conditions

1 December 2016

A report from the Royal Pharmaceutical Society argues that community pharmacists should be able to write routine prescriptions and make referrals for people with long-term conditions to ease demand pressures on GPs. Care of people with long-term conditions accounts for half of all GP appointments, 64% of outpatient appointments and 70% of all health and social care spending. The report estimates that £500m could be saved in five therapeutic areas: asthma, diabetes, high blood pressure, vascular disease and schizophrenia.

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Increase in prevalence of mental health symptoms

1 December 2016

Mental health disorders have risen by a quarter over the past decade, according to the adult psychiatric morbidity survey. Its authors report a 24.8% increase in the prevalence of common mental health disorders, primarily as a result of population changes since 2005. For planning CCGs should use their previous year’s prevalence baseline with locally determined inflation and aim to achieve the standards for improving access to psychological therapies (IAPT) set out in Implementing the Five Year Forward View for Mental Health. NHS England is commissioning work to provide prevalence estimates by CCG.

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