• Diagnose Lyme disease if bull’s eye rash is present, says NICE

    12 February 2019

    People showing erythema migrans, the characteristic skin rash associated with Lyme disease, can be diagnosed without the need for blood tests, NICE says in new guidance.
    Lyme disease is an infection transmitted by the bite of a tick. Prompt diagnosis and early treatment helps reduce the risk of further symptoms developing.

    Laboratory tests check for antibodies in the blood however Lyme disease antibodies may first appear six to eight weeks after a person has been bitten by a tick. Early laboratory tests may not detect the disease and could slow diagnosis.

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  • Topol review on digital healthcare

    12 February 2019

    The government has published the report of the Topol review Preparing the Healthcare Workforce to Deliver the Digital Future.

    The review explores how to prepare the healthcare workforce, through education and training, for the use of more digital technology in healthcare. It was led by cardiologist, geneticist, and digital medicine researcher Dr Eric Topol and produced by Health Education England.

    The review makes recommendations to enable NHS staff to exploit the potential of genomics, digital medicine, artificial intelligence and robotics to improve services.

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  • Flexible support for CCGs has never been more important

    12 February 2019

    The NHS Long Term Plan expects CCGs to play a major role in creating primary care networks – the building blocks of integrated care – and fully operational integrated care systems (ICS). Networks will need to be up and running by the summer and ICS are expected to cover the country within two years. At the same time, CCGs themselves are faced with 20% cuts in admin costs and a period of further rationalisation as the NHS plan signals a logical “one per ICS” alignment of commissioners with emerging integrated care systems. Our recent survey of CCGs and NHS England local offices, many of which are PCC clients, shows that commissioners rely on us for timely information and expert advice that reduce organisational risk and support the rapid development of local primary care networks. With the financial year-end looming, now is a good time to talk to PCC about an annual contract that allows you to access support as and when you need it. Contact enquiries@pcc-cic.org.uk to find out more.

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  • Will regulation prevent bad managers?

    12 February 2019

    NHS managers are to be subject to regulation with new standards of competency and ethical behaviour to replace the "fit and proper person" test, which the government accepts is not working. Only two of the seven recommendations of the Kark review have been accepted by the secretary of state for health and social care, which some believe could render the regulator toothless. As we don't yet know how the proposals will work in practice, what do you think of the principle? Could regulation prevent bad managers? Vote at www.networks.nhs.uk

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  • Getting to grips with project management

    12 February 2019

    This one-day course on 21 March 2019 in London, 30 April 2019 in Birmingham, 3 July 2019 in Leeds and 17 September 2019 in London will review the basic principles covered in our introductory course before going on to consider examples of learning from real projects and discuss different scenarios. Participants will have the opportunity to apply learning from the session to projects they have managed in the past and consider what they might have done differently.

    Participants are expected to have some knowledge and experience of project management, though it is not necessary to have completed the level one course.

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