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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Dementia linked to visual impairment

28 April 2017

Research led by the College of Optometrists found that prevalence of visual impairment in those with dementia is generally higher than for the overall population, highlighting the importance of sight tests in this group of people. The college’s research also found that half those with dementia were classified as visually impaired as a result of an out-of-date prescription. The problem is magnified for those in care homes.

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General practice extended access collection – March 2017

28 April 2017

NHS England has published the latest results from the extended access to general practice collection for March 2017.

The data collection was launched during October 2016 in response to the government’s mandate to NHS England to ensure that everyone has easier and more convenient access to GP services, including appointments at evenings and weekends.

The collection has been set up to monitor the availability of pre-bookable appointments in general practice at evenings and weekends.

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Statistics on NHS stop smoking services 2016

28 April 2017

NHS Digital has published data on NHS stop smoking services in England for the period April 2016 to December 2016.

This report includes information on the number of people setting a quit date and the number who successfully quit at the four week follow-up. It also presents in-depth analyses of the key measures of the service including pregnant women, breakdowns by ethnic group and type of pharmacotherapy received. The results are provided at national, regional and local authority levels.

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Improved emergency care data to support commissioning

28 April 2017

From October 2017 a new improved level of data will be submitted by trusts on urgent and emergency care to enable better commissioning. The emergency care data set (ECDS) will be particularly important in understanding how and why people access urgent and emergency care over the winter. NHS Digital has published the ECDS information standard notice (ISN). For further information, see the Royal College of Emergency Medicine website.

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Health care costs in the English NHS

27 April 2017

A paper from York University describes how to calculate average health care costs broken down by age, sex and neighbourhood deprivation quintile group using the distribution of health care spending by the English NHS in the financial year 2011/12.

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