NHS RightCare has launched an initiative to improve the diagnosis and treatment of back pain. Every local health system in England is required to implement the national back pain pathway. Following the completion of their baseline assessment, systems should work with their NHS RightCare delivery partner to identify appropriate system and pathway improvements to meet the components of the national back pain pathway. Local systems are expected to have improvement plans in place by the end of March 2019. For more information contact email@example.com.
National dementia diagnosis rates (DDR) for September and October 2018 can be found on the NHS Digital website. Commissioners are asked to cascade this information to member practices and to continue working with practices reporting low diagnosis rates. The dementia CCG IAF support offer can be found on the NHS England website. Practices with a DDR of ≥66.7% are encouraged to continue to improve the care of people with dementia and their families. CCGs are asked to check their DDR and act to maintain, or improve, their rate to support NHS England’s business plan priority to maintain a minimum of two thirds diagnosis rates for people with dementia.
The regional medicines optimisation committees have published new guidance on prescribing liothyronine following recent advice on medicines that should not routinely be prescribed in primary care. This new guidance sets out the criteria determining which liothyronine may be prescribed, and provides clear advice on how commissioners, GPs and NHS consultants can work together to ensure use of liothyronine is clinically appropriate and patient treatment is safe and effective.
Prevention efforts to end the HIV epidemic in the UK are working, but with 8% unaware of their infection it is still vital people seek an HIV test if at risk.
A new report published by Public Health England (PHE) showed that the UK is one of the first countries to meet the UNAIDS 90-90-90 targets, highlighting that prevention efforts are working in the UK. New estimates revealed that in 2017, 92% of people living with HIV in the UK have been diagnosed, 98% of those diagnosed were on treatment, and 97% of those on treatment were virally suppressed.