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NHS set to save £150 million by switching to new versions of most costly drug

Health chief Simon Stevens has today asked NHS hospitals to ensure they are ready to realise savings of up to £150 million a year to reinvest in frontline care after the patent on the NHS’s most costly drug ends this week. Adalimumab is the single medicine on which hospitals spend the most, at a cost […]

Employer FAQs

How will responsible officers (ROs) make decisions on language competency? Do responsible officers have the autonomy to accept other language tests? How will responsible officers evaluate the level and relevance of English language qualifications awarded in other EU countries? What will happen with doctors already practising in this country if there is concern regarding their […]

Sweetening the pill on Medicines Optimisation

NHS England’s National Pharmacy Adviser for RightCare gives the first in a series of updates to the pharmacy frontline: The intention of these blogs is to provide an overview of information on what is new and relevant to medicines optimisation and pharmacy colleagues. For those not familiar with NHS RightCare, it is a national, NHS […]

Specialised health services clinical reference groups: Patient and carer member recruitment – second wave

NHS England has opened the second wave of recruitment for patient and carer members of its Clinical Reference Groups for 2013/14. For a full list of CRGs who are still recruiting members please follow the link below. CRGs are responsible for providing NHS England with clinical advice regarding specialised services, and for promoting equity of […]

A Guide to Managing Medicines Supply and Shortages

This guide aims to support pharmacists, clinicians and other NHS professionals with managing the supply of medicines to their patients and details the national, regional and local management and escalation processes and communication routes for medicines supply issues in order to consolidate existing practice across industry, government and the NHS.

ROAN information sheet 16a: Responsible officer function and GDPR (NHS England responsible officers)

All organisations holding personal information need to meet the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) which came into force on 25 May 2018. It may help to bear some important principles in mind in relation to the GDPR and the responsible officer functions: Broadly speaking, the GDPR is intended to bring parts of the commercial sector […]

National Variation Agreement for existing existing 2016/17, 2017-19 (November 2016 edition), 2017-19 (January 2018 edition) and 2017-19 (May 2018 edition) form contracts (shorter-form)

National Variation Agreement for existing existing 2016/17, 2017-19 (November 2016 edition), 2017-19 (January 2018 edition) and 2017-19 (May 2018 edition) form contracts (full length)

Celebrating the incredible work of healthcare scientists

England’s Chief Scientific Officer and Head of Profession for the Healthcare Science workforce in the NHS, highlights the vital role they play in delivering innovative patient care: Healthcare Science Week is a celebration of the amazing contribution that healthcare scientists make to patient care every day. The diagnostic, therapeutic and innovative services they provide are […]

Tavistock and Portman to take responsibility for gender identity services at Charing Cross

From April 2017, the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust will be the providers for the Charing Cross West London Gender Identity Clinic for one year on an interim basis. The service moves from West London Mental Health Trust which served notice on their contract for the services earlier this year on the basis that […]