• Sheffield pharmacists provide pain relief for general practice

    3 June 2016

    Community pharmacists are working in GP practices across Sheffield following a successful pilot programme.

    Using investment from the Prime Minister’s Challenge Fund to improve access to GPs, the scheme releases GP time, improves medicines management and has been welcomed by the mainly elderly patients who have benefited from expert pharmacist advice and interventions.

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  • Dawning of the age of self-care

    3 June 2016

    In an era where NHS managers’ desks are straining under the weight of invoices from services and where the printers on clinicians’ desks are churning out more requests for pills and potions for a larger and increasingly older population, one area of the country is asking ‘what is the prescription for the future of healthcare’?

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  • Diabetes training seen as key to improvement

    3 June 2016

    Staff education is a key factor in the improvement delivered through an integrated practice unit for diabetes in Camden, north London.

    Lesley Roberts, who initially led the programme that was kick-started by a massive engagement event in late 2013, said: “We made it okay for people working in primary care and elsewhere to say they didn’t know much about diabetes.”

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  • Don’t wait to secure support for next year

    9 March 2016

    PCC has finalised its support programme for next year, designed to give commissioners access to essential expertise and training they need to make the system and service changes demanded by the Five Year Forward View.

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  • 2016/17 support for commissioners

    9 March 2016

    The following letter from Helen Northall was sent to directors of commissioning and primary care at NHS England teams and CCGs this month.

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