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Board meeting – 28 May 2015

The next Board meeting will take place on 28 May 2015, Southside London, at 10.30am. If you would like to attend, please register your interest at england.boardattendance@nhs.net. and let us know if you have any additional requirements. Please note that members of the public are welcome to attend meetings of the Board – which although being […]

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NHS England launches new Medicines Optimisation Dashboard

NHS England has today launched an updated Medicines Optimisation Dashboard to help CCGs improve and understand how well patients across the country are being supported to use their medicines. The dashboard brings together data and aligns it to various themes including patient safety, mental health, cardiovascular disease, respiratory disease, diabetes, antibiotic prescribing and community pharmacy. […]

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The Kate Granger Awards – Last call for entries

Entries for the Kate Granger Compassionate Care Awards close a week today. The awards, to be staged for the second successive year at the Health and Innovation Expo 2015, close to submissions next Friday, May 29. So now is the time to make sure you get your entry or nomination in. Named after Kate Granger, […]

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Combining innovations: NHS test beds and Formula One – Dr Mahiben Maruthappu

The co-founder of the NHS Innovation Accelerator looks at how the NHS can learn from the world of motorsport: When it comes to innovation in British healthcare, three truths are frequently forgotten: First, the NHS is unique. In England it serves over 53 million people, with around one million patient contacts every 36 hours. It […]

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Update on the Cancer Drugs Fund

NHS England has published an updated Cancer Drugs Fund (CDF) list following decisions, made by cancer doctors and patient representatives at the last national CDF panel meeting, that aim to deliver the maximum clinical benefit for patients. The updated CDF list reflects the outcomes of the appeals from pharmaceutical companies following the removal of drugs […]

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2015 Heatwave Plan for England

The 2015 Heatwave Plan for England was published on 20 May 2015, and the Met Office will issue Heatwave Alerts from 1 June to 15 September 2015. The Heatwave plan for England remains a central part of the Department of Health’s support to the NHS, social care and local authorities, providing guidance on how to […]

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NHS launches new collaboration to sustain and improve local hospitals

The NHS today (20 May) invites expressions of interest from hospitals across England interested in developing new ways of delivering and improving their local acute services. The aim is to enhance the viability of local hospitals through new formal shared working arrangements between clinical specialists at different hospitals, and to improve efficiency by sharing back […]

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Chief Nursing Officer bulletin – May 2015

Publications gateway number: 03436 New guidance on raising concerns and using social media The Nursing and Midwifery Council has published two documents to support implementation of their professional standards Code. The refreshed guidance, on how to raise concerns, and new guidance, on using social media, outlines key principles for handling issues and ensuring public protection […]

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Informed: Issue 33

Featured Simon Stevens calls for bold action to make NHS fit for the future In his first speech since the general election, NHS England Chief Executive Simon Stevens shared his vision for a new partnership between the public, the government and the health service on three broad fronts – prevention, care redesign, and efficiency linked […]

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Over 55 million patients in England can now book GP appointments, order repeat prescriptions and access summary information in their medical record online – according to latest figures

The number of GPs offering appointments, repeat prescriptions and access to summary information in medical records online has tripled in the first three months of the year with almost every GP surgery in England offering the service. Data published today by the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) shows that over 97% of patients […]

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