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Response to Scottish Government decision to fund Orkambi and next steps in England

Last month the independent Scottish Medicines Consortium assessed that Vertex’s ‘justification of the treatment’s [Orkambi and Symkevi] costs in relation to its health benefits was not sufficient’: meaning the company was charging an unreasonably high price for its product. Vertex has rejected the health service’s offer, which would give access to the treatment for people […]

How GPs designed new frailty models during population health pilot

Dr Yasara Naheed, Clinical Director for Burnley East Primary Care Network discusses designing new frailty models as part of the NHS England Population Health Management (PHM) programme: In Burnley in Lancashire a large proportion of our patients live with moderate frailty and we wanted to come up with new solutions to improve their quality of […]

Friends and Family Test data – July 2019

Friends and Family Test (FFT) gives patients the opportunity to submit feedback to providers of NHS funded care or treatment, using a simple question which asks how likely, on a scale ranging from extremely unlikely to extremely likely, they are to recommend the service to their friends and family if they needed similar care or treatment. Data on all these services is published on a monthly basis.

Life and likes: mental health in the online world – Reflecting on Health and Care Innovation Expo 2019

On Wednesday 4 September, I was fortunate enough to attend the first day of Health and Care Innovation Expo 2019 to join the panel discussion “Life and Likes: mental health in the online world” to share my negative and positive experiences as a social media user and how it has impacted how I view my […]

Leading the way for pharmacy technicians in care homes

On the eve of the Pharmacy Technicians annual conference in Birmingham, two colleagues describe how training alongside pharmacists has empowered them to become pioneering patient-facing clinicians: Improving health outcomes for patients in care homes is something we’ve been passionate about since we joined the NHS East Lancashire CCG Medicines Management Team. Admittedly our initial knowledge […]

NHS ramps up support for survivors of female genital mutilation (FGM)

Hundreds of survivors of female genital mutilation (FGM) will be able to access expert care, support and treatment earlier thanks to a new network of NHS ‘one stop shop’ clinics being launched today. More than 1,300 women over 18 are expected to benefit from the highly specialised FGM support being rolled out to eight new […]

Personalised care for children with special educational needs and disabilities

Following the Health and Care Innovation Expo last week which showcased progress across the country in delivering personalised care, Senior Commissioning Manager Amy Tinker from Salford City Council talks about how they are working to transform the lives of children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND), as well as sharing what […]

Life-changing treatment on the NHS for children with rare, deadly disease

Children in England with a rare condition which leads to early death are set to receive treatment on the NHS, after the health service struck a deal with manufacturers. Young people with Batten Disease – an incurable illness which affects the nervous system, causing seizures, visual impairment, mobility loss and early death – will now […]