• Asthma charity campaigns against prescription charges

    5 March 2019

    Asthma UK has conducted the largest ever survey carried out on prescription charges, engaging over 9,000 people. The results reveal many people with asthma are cutting back on their medication for financial reasons, with a dramatic impact on their health. In light of this evidence, Asthma UK is campaigning to stop asthma prescription charges.

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  • PHE launches cervical screening campaign

    5 March 2019

    Public Health England (PHE) has launched a new national campaign to encourage more women to undergo cervical screening, as data shows that uptake of screening has fallen to a 20-year low.

    The campaign will encourage women to respond to their cervical screening invitation letter, and if they missed their last screening, to book an appointment at their GP practice.

    Around 2,600 women are diagnosed with cervical cancer in England each year, and around 690 women die from the disease, which is two deaths every day. Public Health England says 83% of cervical cancer cases could be prevented by regular screening.

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  • Integrated care systems - practical steps for primary care

    5 March 2019

    The NHS Long Term Plan puts primary care at the heart of plans for integrated care systems (ICS). Primary care networks will be the delivery vehicles for community health services that bring together general practice working at scale with other local care organisations.

    Primary care networks will be underpinned by a new GP network contract and funding settlement that guarantees £2.8bn in additional income for general practice over the next five years, but how will these entities evolve and how do they fit within the broader context of ICS?

    This workshop on 23 April in Manchester and 15 May in Birmingham brings together commissioners, GP practices and others involved in shaping emerging integrated care systems.

    We will hear from a leading lawyer about how existing primary care contracts, new GP network contracts and alliance contracts can be used to enable integrated services.

    A speaker from NHS Dudley CCG will share learning from their journey towards integrated care, underlining the importance of making primary care full partners in the change process.

    Dr Mike Smith, a GP partner with experience of leading a successful GP federation, will give a frank account of what working at scale really means for primary care.

    The focus of the workshop will be on the practical steps delegates need to take now, considering the obstacles they are likely to face, the opportunities presented by new ways of working and the critical success factors for evolving integrated care services.

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  • Is the planned merger of NHS England and NHS Improvement a good thing?

    5 March 2019

    The national bodies have long-signalled a desire to work more closely to reduce duplication of effort and to bring greater co-ordination and focus to the delivery of NHS policy. Now they say they will seek a formal merger. Do you welcome this development? Will it make a difference? Vote in the latest poll at www.networks.nhs.uk

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  • Government publishes outcome of consultation on NHS pensions

    4 March 2019

    The Department of Health and Social Care has published the outcome of the consultation on changes to the NHS pension scheme which ran from 18 December 2018 to 28 January 2019. The consultation was on a new contribution rate for employers and additional voluntary contributions for members of the NHS pension scheme.

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