• Resources to reduce catheter-associated urinary tract infections

    8 March 2019

    NHS Improvement has launched a suite of resources to reduce catheter-associated urinary tract infections (CAUTI) - a known source of E coli blood stream infections. Tackling these infections is a key target of the five-year antimicrobial resistance plan. Resources include a national catheter passport, a national inpatient care plan, a patient held card and staff promotional tools.

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  • Guidance on flash glucose monitors for type 1 diabetes

    8 March 2019

    Tens of thousands of patients with type 1 diabetes will benefit from life changing glucose monitors on the NHS from next month.

    NHS England has published the clinical guidance for the monitors, outlining funding arrangements for local health groups and the criteria for who qualifies for the technology.

    From April, the NHS will provide the technology for one in five of those with type 1 diabetes in England.

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  • Huge response to CQC readiness events

    7 March 2019

    After a huge response to our offer of local events to prepare practices for CQC inspection, we have been contacted by a number of practices and CCGs to see if we can run these locally for groups of practices. We have scheduled dates for the first events in Bristol on 11 June and in Leeds on 19 June . We are considering other dates and locations so practices and CCGs interested in running local events are invited to continue to register expressions of interest at enquiries@pcc-cic.org.uk. Please remember to include your contact details and nearest large town to assist us in planning.

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  • British public’s satisfaction with the NHS at lowest level in over a decade

    7 March 2019

    Public satisfaction with the NHS has fallen to its lowest level since 2007, according to analysis of the 2018 British Social Attitudes (BSA) survey published by the King’s Fund and the Nuffield Trust.

    The survey, carried out by the National Centre for Social Research (NatCen), is seen as a gold standard measure of public attitudes. It finds that, following a sharp drop in 2017, public satisfaction with the health service fell by a further three points in 2018 to 53%, its lowest level in over a decade and 16% below its historical peak of 70% in 2010. The continued fall in satisfaction came despite the prime minister’s announcement last June – just before the interviews for the survey were undertaken – of a £20bn long-term funding boost for the health service.

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  • Hundreds more could be eligible for cochlear implants on the NHS

    7 March 2019

    Hundreds more people with severe to profound deafness will be eligible for cochlear implants each year, as a result of updated NICE guidance

    The update comes after a review of the definition of severe to profound deafness which is used to identify if a cochlear implant might be appropriate.

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