• Mythbusters and tips

    12 June 2018

    The Care Quality Commission has updated mythbusters and tips for general practice and dentistry. They are designed to help providers with the CQC inspection process and share agreed guidance and best practice.

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  • Eye health needs assessment: east Midlands and east of England

    16 May 2018

    Public Health England has published a report of an epidemiological assessment of eye health needs across three local eye health networks in the central Midlands and north Midlands NHS England areas.

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  • Updated guidance to help GPs easily diagnose serious bowel conditions

    3 May 2018

    The difficulty in distinguishing between Inflammatory Bowel Diseases (IBD) and Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) can have a significant impact on individual wellbeing and health outcomes. This consensus document supports frontline healthcare professionals by providing clarity about how faecal calprotectin testing should be delivered to simply and accurately distinguish between patients with IBD and IBS. By removing diagnostic uncertainty for individuals and the potential for unnecessary and invasive testing this should also reduce the pressure on endoscopy services nationally. By providing clarity on the appropriate testing regime, this document should drive the uptake of new care pathways leading to improved outcomes and improved patient experience. (An updated version of this document is now available.)

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  • Improving delivery of eye health and sight loss services in England

    12 April 2018

    The Clinical Council for Eye Health Commissioning (CCEHC), which represents the leading clinical professions and sight loss charity organisations in the eye-care sector, has launched a new systems and assurance framework for eye health (SAFE).

    Increasing demands on eye health services due to the ageing population and the availability of new treatments continue to create capacity issues within the hospital eye service as well as pressures on general practice and social care. SAFE provides a sustainable, consistent and coordinated approach to delivering efficient eye health and sight loss pathways. SAFE is aimed at those involved in eye health and sight loss services: clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) and local authority commissioners, local eye health networks and providers across health and social care.

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  • General ophthalmic service fees and voucher values from April 2018

    9 April 2018

    The Department of Health and Social Care has published details of NHS general ophthalmic fees and optical voucher values for financial year 2018 to 2019.

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