NICE has provided its first piece of advice on the design of a patient preference study.
It aims to encourage more companies to seek its advice on the development of these studies which are designed to capture patients’ views so they can be used in the clinical development programmes for new treatments.
The pilot with Novartis looked at a patient preference study for people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).
NICE anticipates that its advice will guide early evidence generation, helping to transform study design and improve the quality of current processes.
NHS England has reminded CCGs to submit their response to the latest consultation on items which should not be routinely prescribed in primary care by 28 February 2019. The consultation is on a revised version of the guidance for CCGs first published in November 2017. It adds eight new items to the list of products that should not usually be prescribed in primary care.
Latest data from the 2018/19 stakeholder survey shows wide variation between returns, with some CCGs achieving up to three times the level of response of others. NHS England, which commissions the survey, is asking CCGs to continue to push for responses until the survey closes at the end of this week (22 February 2019).
GPs in Scotland have welcomed additional investment of £20m to reduce the financial risk of owning premises – and make becoming a GP partner more attractive.
BMA Scottish GPs committee chair Andrew Buist said that supporting GPs was at the heart of the new Scotland-only contract, which he said was “restoring hope” to the profession.
The premises sustainability loan scheme, which is part of the new contract, aims to ease the financial burden of owning a practice and help with recruitment and retention. Under the scheme, eligible practices can apply for interest-free loans worth up to a fifth of the value of the premises.