• Primary Medical Care – Policy and Guidance Manual (PGM) published

    17 November 2017

    NHS England has published the Primary Medical Care Policy and Guidance Manual (PGM), which supersedes the ‘Policy book for primary medical services’ published in January 2016.

    The PGM is part of a suite of policies and procedures published by NHS England to support commissioning and contract management of primary care.

    PCC are supporting NHS England by delivering five events to raise awareness of the PGM. These events in November and December are now fully booked but should your organisation be interested in attending a similar event in 2018 please email PCC to express an interest and we will keep you informed. Please include ‘PGM interest’ in the subject header and email to: events@pcc-cic.org.uk

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  • Commissioning children's palliative care in England: 2017 edition

    17 November 2017

    This report highlights that only a third of CCGs in England are implementing NICE clinical guidance to the prioritisation of palliative care for babies, children and young people. It finds that while 93% of CCGs commission community children's nursing services, only 67% provide this service out of hours and at weekends.

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  • STPs: destined to fail or the road to better care? The hospital doctors’ view

    17 November 2017

    Hospital doctors know little about sustainability and transformation partnerships (STPs) and are worried about their impact, according to a report by the Hospital Consultants and Specialists’ Association. The report is particularly critical of the failure to involve doctors in the STP process.

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  • Latest data on extended access to general practice

    13 November 2017

    NHS England has published the results of the third extended access to general practice bi-annual data collection. 93.6% of practices responded to the third survey, covering 55.3 million (94.6%) registered patients. The results show an increase across England of 8.9% (from 23.6% to 32.5%) in the delivery of full extended access to 17.6 million registered patients. Further information can be found in the published report, along with a breakdown of responses per practice and CCG. Queries can be directed to england.biannual@nhs.net.

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  • Antibiotic awareness events

    13 November 2017

    World Antibiotic Awareness Week is this week (13-19 November 2017) and European Antibiotic Awareness Day (EAAD) is on Saturday 18 November. The events are to raise awareness about the problem of anti-microbial resistance (AMR). A letter from Public Health England, Department of Health and NHS England outlines the national ambitions to tackle AMR and steps that can be taken to preserve antibiotics for the future.

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