• England’s last learning disability hospital to close amid pledges of better services

    29 March 2017

    NHS England says people with a learning disability, autism or both in the north-west will be supported to lead more independent lives in their communities in the wake of news of the closure of Calderstones, England’s last standalone NHS learning disability hospital.

    The plans to address the historic lack of high quality community-based services in the region, which has resulted in an over-reliance on long stay inpatient care compared to other parts of the country, were given the green light following an extensive three month consultation involving patients, their families, staff and the public.

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  • NHS England to issue new guidance on low-value prescription items

    29 March 2017

    NHS England is pushing CCGs to find savings of up to £400m a year in low-value prescription items, such as pain-killers, which are available over the counter, often at lower cost.

    A review from April 2017 will be accompanied by new guidance for CCGs. The initial focus will be on 10 medicines that are ineffective, unnecessary and otherwise inappropriate for prescription on the NHS that cost the NHS £128m per year.

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  • Quality payments: directory of services checker now available

    29 March 2017

    NHS England has published a “directory of services checker” to help community pharmacy contractors to ensure that their pharmacy’s NHS 111 entry is up to date – one of the requirements for payment. Contractors are advised to follow the process on the NHS England website, not that contained in previously published guidance.

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  • National death rates from hepatitis C in England fall

    27 March 2017

    There has been good progress towards reducing deaths from the hepatitis C virus (HCV) in England, according to the latest report which provides recommendations for what can be done to achieve the World Health Organisation’s goal to eliminate it as a major public health threat by 2030.

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  • Sustainability and transformation plan survey findings

    27 March 2017

    This survey of directors of public health in England aimed to gauge the level of involvement of key local public health staff in local authorities and the NHS in STPs. This report presents the results of the survey and identifies the key public health challenges and influences in the effectiveness of the public health and preventative elements of the STP.

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