• Dentists can’t pass on payment card fees

    10 January 2018

    From 13 January 2018 a new EU directive called the Payment Services Directive comes into force. This will stop businesses such as dental practices from being able to apply charges when patients use their debit or credit cards to make payments.

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  • College of Optometrists’ funded research identifies weaknesses in optometric data

    15 December 2017

    The College of Optometrists says that the lack of public health data on the prevalence of eye conditions is undermining planning.

    The college has published the findings of a research project, which identified that, despite an increasing amount of clinical data being held electronically in optometric practice systems, and a growing prevalence of eye conditions that require greater management, the data is not organised in a way that it can be used for research and service planning purposes.

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  • Technical requirements for 2017/18 GMS contract changes – version 3

    28 November 2017

    NHS Employers has updated the document setting out technical requirements for the 2017/18 GMS contract. Version three includes information relating to change to hepatitis B programme from November 2017 following the change in the recommended vaccine, dementia data collection, national diabetes audit, updated falls Read codes for GMS/PMS data collection which are now in a spreadsheet and Read code for seasonal influenza and vaccination of social care.

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  • 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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  • 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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