New measures have been introduced into the NHS Standard Contract to try to provide more seamless care for patients between general practices and hospitals - a commitment in the General Practice Forward View. A system-wide national working group has also been established to drive action for improvement and also aiming to reduce the number of occasions where patients are sent back to their GP unnecessarily following a hospital appointment. The aim is to improve patients’ experience of care, while also freeing up GP time. Members of the national working group including, NHS England, the British Medical Association (BMA) and the National Association for Patient Participation (NAPP), have come together to produce a patient facing leaflet, telling patients what should happen if they are referred by their GP to see a specialist or consultant at a hospital or in a community health centre.
The Professional Records Standards Body (PRSB) has launched a new set of information standards, to ensure that children receive appropriate care by setting out what information on screening tests, immunisations and developmental milestones should be securely shared for their treatment, care and wellbeing.
In partnership with NHS England, NHS Digital is working to ensure the goals of the Healthy Child Programme are delivered through supporting new digital capabilities which will enable better and secure information sharing between health and care professionals and parents, leading to more personalised care and better outcomes for children.
NHS England has published the Primary Medical Care Policy and Guidance Manual (PGM), which supersedes the ‘Policy book for primary medical services’ published in January 2016.
The PGM is part of a suite of policies and procedures published by NHS England to support commissioning and contract management of primary care.
PCC are supporting NHS England by delivering five events to raise awareness of the PGM. These events in November and December are now fully booked but should your organisation be interested in attending a similar event in 2018 please email PCC to express an interest and we will keep you informed. Please include ‘PGM interest’ in the subject header and email to: email@example.com
The British Medical Association’s (BMA) recent study into prescribing analgesics has shown long term opioid prescribing for chronic non-cancer pain is becoming an increasing issue in England. Opioids are effective analgesics for acute pain and end of life care, but are of limited use for long term chronic pain and there is a significant risk of side effects and dependency. NHS Improvement has published a case study highlighting good practice.
This report highlights that only a third of CCGs in England are implementing NICE clinical guidance to the prioritisation of palliative care for babies, children and young people. It finds that while 93% of CCGs commission community children's nursing services, only 67% provide this service out of hours and at weekends.