• Glaucoma referral scheme showing results

    22 November 2018

    Recent research by the College of Optometrists shows that a glaucoma scheme in Manchester has successfully filtered patients with low false positive and false negative rates. The results should interest commissioners considering glaucoma pathways.

    The research, published in the British Journal of Ophthalmology, evaluated the clinical effectiveness of a glaucoma enhanced referral service in Greater Manchester.

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  • Community-centred approaches to health

    21 November 2018

    Public Health England has published a document to help health professionals prevent ill health and promote wellbeing as part of their everyday practice. It includes guidance on adopting community-centred approaches, understanding local needs and measuring impact.

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  • More than half of patients who finished psychological therapy recovered in 2017/18

    21 November 2018

    More than half of patients (50.8%) treated for anxiety and depression in 2017/18 went on to recover, according to statistics from NHS Digital.

    This is the first financial year when the recovery rate passed 50%.

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  • Primary care network development

    20 November 2018

    Primary care networks are at the heart of efforts to strengthen the foundations of primary care and build stronger links with other local services.

    PCC facilitated a network meeting in Doncaster that brought together representatives from general practice, community services, the voluntary sector, the health and wellbeing board, social care, public health, housing and education.

    “These events are key to moving forward with change, which is paramount in order to provide our community with the best services available,” said Rebecca Rosbolton, social worker, Doncaster Metropolitan Borough Council after the event.
    “I felt reassured that our area is taking integration seriously and are making steps to improve integrated working for the benefit of our patients/service users,” said another participant, Dr A Khan, GP, The Medical Centre.

    For more information on support for primary care networks in your area, please email enquiries@pcc-cic.org.uk

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  • NHS long-term plan must let local systems lead say commissioners and providers

    19 November 2018

    The NHS long-term plan must help bring about a “breakthrough” in the development of local health and care systems by allowing them greater freedom and minimising central control, according to a new report based on the views of NHS Confederation members.

    The NHS Confederation asked its members, who represent NHS providers and commissioners, for a frank assessment of where local health and care systems are in their development and which issues the long-term plan should address.

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