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 diagnosis rates: December 2016

24 January 2017

The national clinical director for dementia, Professor Alistair Burns has written to CCGs with the national dementia diagnosis rate as part of the national ambition to diagnose two-thirds of dementia cases in the population. The letter urges commissioners to work with general practices, particularly those with low diagnosis rates, who are invited to seek support from NHS England’s Intensive Support team.

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Health matters: combating high blood pressure

24 January 2017

Public Health England has published guidance to help providers and commissioners to reduce blood pressure through improved prevention, detection and management.

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Technical guidance to support national wheelchair data collection

24 January 2017

The submission window for quarter 3 data for the national wheelchair data collection is open from now until 25 January 2017. NHS England has prepared a technical guidance document to help CCGs to submit good quality data.

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Bringing new care models within reach of general practice

24 January 2017

The primary care home is rapidly gaining favour as the acceptable face of new care models. This version of primary care at scale, backed by the National Association of Primary Care, and now being piloted at 15 test sites is proving popular with GPs because it represents less radical change for general practice – or to use a phrase borrowed from Simon Stevens “goes with the grain”. Two articles from PCC, including one from Professor David Colin Thomé, who first described the original primary care home concept, set out the issues.

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The future is provision, enabled and not led by commissioners - A way forward for community based care

24 January 2017

The Primary Care Home (PCH) is a concept I first described some ten years ago. It is a population budgeted community based provider organisation able to provide an alternative to current NHS hospital centricity. A home not only for general medical practitioners and their teams but for all primary care independent contractors (pharmacists, dentists, optometrists) and their staff, community health services and social care professionals. And potentially a home for many currently working in hospitals in particular those clinicians who have a responsibility for long term conditions care, for rehabilitation and reablement and for the hospital specialists who offer “office based” procedures. The population would be of GP registered patients’ lists aggregated to whatever size is locally appropriate.

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