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NHS England announces new technical guidance to improve patient care

The Care.Data Programme closed in 2016 NHS England has today published guidance for GP practices explaining how better use of anonymised patient information from general practice will help commissioners improve the quality, efficiency, and equity of health care services. The GP Technical Specification and its associated guidance was developed in partnership with the British Medical […]

New guidelines to increase children’s epilepsy surgery

Epilepsy Action, in association with NHS England, has developed new guidelines (new guidelines for children’s epilepsy surgery) to help more children with epilepsy benefit from surgical procedures. The guidance has been developed for paediatricians and will help to increase the number of children referred for epilepsy surgery. The guidelines have been produced following the introduction […]

Publication of independent investigation into the healthcare and treatment of Ronald Dixon

Findings were published today of an independent investigation into the healthcare and treatment of Ronald Dixon. On 19 May 2006, Ronald Dixon killed Ashleigh Ewing when she attended his home in Heaton, Newcastle for a support visit, in the course of her work for the charity Mental Health Matters. On 22 October 2007 at Newcastle […]

CCG outcomes tools

Following a period of review a decision has been made to cease updating these tools – the last and final update was in July 2018. The NHS outcomes tool and explorer replaces the earlier CCG outcomes tool and explorer, and provides interactive access to key data for CCGs, Directors of Commissioning Operations (DCOs), Upper Tier […]

New guidance for NHS England area teams and GP practices from NHS Employers

2013/14 patient participation directed enhanced service guidance published NHS Employers, the General Practitioners Committee of the BMA and NHS England have jointly published the 2013/14 patient participation directed enhanced service guidance.  This guidance applies in England only and is intended to assist NHS England area teams and GP practices in understanding this service and how […]

Guidance on the NHS National Friends and Family Test (FFT) for maternity services published

NHS England has published guidance on the NHS National Friends and Family Test (FFT) for maternity services. Alongside this guidance please read the note of clarification about women who have experienced a bereavement (document now only available on our archived website here). The guidance outlines the background and requirements for implementing, reporting and publishing the […]

Friends and Family Test

The Friends and Family Test (FFT) is an important feedback tool that supports the fundamental principle that people who use NHS services should have the opportunity to provide feedback on their experience. Listening to the views of patients and staff helps identify what is working well, what can be improved and how. The FFT asks […]