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World Hepatitis Day: a chance to reflect on achievements to date and redouble efforts

World Hepatitis Day this year comes at a time of unprecedented optimism for the future, but is also a good time for us to take stock of what has been achieved so far. The new, highly effective oral therapies which are the cause of such optimism are also posing huge challenges to health care systems […]

Notes on Assessing Conformance

This has been prepared to support applicable and interested organisations to effectively assess, monitor and / or assure their own, and others’, implementation of and ongoing conformance with SCCI1605 Accessible Information – referred to as ‘the Accessible Information Standard’ or ‘the Standard’. ‘Applicable organisations’ are those to which the Standard applies (i.e. with specific requirements […]

NHS England takes action to ease pressures on general practice and provide joined-up care

NHS England today agreed new steps to implement plans to strengthen general practice, ease the pressure on GPs and improve services for patients. The measures aim to help struggling GP practices, protect GPs from the rising cost of negligence claims and introduce new models of care that will create more joined-up services. It follows the […]

New requirements on hospitals in the NHS Standard Contract 2016/17

Six new requirements for hospitals were introduced in the 2016/17 NHS Standard Contract to clarify the expectations across the hospital and general practice interface and reduce avoidable extra workload for GPs and help release time. These changes will help to address concerns raised in Making Time in General Practice and acknowledged in the General Practice Forward View.