• Current global shortage of hepatitis B vaccine

    8 August 2017

    There is currently a global shortage of hepatitis B vaccine which has been caused by problems in the manufacturing process.

    Public Health England, working with NHS England, the Department of Health and the manufacturers, have put in place a series of measures so that the NHS and other providers can use the available vaccine for those at highest immediate risk. Measures are expected to continue until the beginning of 2018 and will be kept under review.

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  • New framework to improve care for patients with diabetic foot disease

    11 May 2016

    NHS England has published a new framework to help improve patient care including avoiding unnecessary amputations and deaths in people with diabetic foot disease.

    Foot complications are common in people with diabetes. Between 5% and 7% of people with diabetes experience ulcerations.

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  • Named GP for all and publication of GP earnings feature in 2015/16 GMS settlement

    30 September 2014

    NHS Employers has published details of the 2015/16 General Medical Services contract. Among the headline changes are a named GP responsible for co-ordinating the care of all patients including children, extending the principle of a named GP which currently only applies to patients of 75 and over.

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  • Primary care IT services operating model

    28 December 2012

    The NHS Commissioning Board has published a document setting out how the management of IT systems will be organised for primary care providers (dentists, pharmacists and optometrists) from April 2013.

    Securing excellence in IT Services: Operating Model for Community Pharmacies, Appliance Contractors, Dental Practices and Community Optometry explains how the accountability for the delivery of primary care information services will transfer from primary care trusts (PCTs) to the NHS Commissioning Board (NHS CB).

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