GP contract directions 2019 to 2020

Department of Health and Social Care | March 2019 | GP contract directions 2019 to 2020

The Department of Health and Social Care has released guidance  setting out the legal framework under which GPs operate and are paid.

The primary medical services (directed enhanced services) directions 2019

The general medical services statement of financial entitlements (amendment) directions 2019

The general medical services statement of financial entitlements (payment in respect of indemnity fees) direction 2019

Full details from the Department of Health and Social Care

Air pollution: outdoor air quality and health

This updated NICE quality standard covers road-traffic-related air pollution and its impact on health. It describes high-quality actions in priority areas for improvement | National Institute for Health & Social Care

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In a new Quality Standard, Nice has suggested councils should use their planning permission powers to make sure developers take steps to reduce pollution where people live. The publication recommends houses, flats, schools, nurseries and care homes be protected from pollution. Nice also add that councils should actively try to reduce the number of people on the roads, encouraging them to take public transport, cycle or walk, suggesting councils should plant trees and plants outside and on roofs, and create areas for people to walk and cycle in clean air.

Air pollution causes an estimated 40,000 premature deaths a year in the UK and is linked to health problems from childhood illnesses to heart disease and dementia.

Full document: Air pollution: outdoor air quality and health | Quality standard [QS181] NICE | February 2019

See also: Air pollution: outdoor air quality and health | NICE guideline [NG70] Published  June 2017

Social prescribing and community-based support: Summary guide

NHS England | January 2019 | Social prescribing and community-based support: Summary guide

NHS England have released Social prescribing and community-based support: Summary guide- the guide is intended for people and organisations leading local implementation of social prescribing.

Summary

The Social Prescribing Summary Guide is intended for people and organisations leading local implementation of social prescribing. It enables:

  • increased understanding of what good social prescribing looks like and why social prescribing improves outcomes and experiences for people, their families and carers, as well as achieving more value from the system
  • commissioning of local social prescribing connector schemes, enabling all general practices, local authorities and other agencies to refer people with wider social needs to community-based support
  • collaborative working amongst all local partners at a ‘place-based’ local level, to recognise the value of community groups and assets and to enable people to build or rebuild friendships, community connections and a sense of belonging, as well as accessing existing services.

Social prescribing and community-based support Summary guide

 

A Model Employer: Increasing black and minority ethnic representation at senior levels across the NHS

NHS Improvement | January 2019 | A Model Employer: Increasing black and minority ethnic representation at senior levels across the NHS 

NHS Improvement has published A Model Employer– a document that outlines the ambitions set by NHS England and NHS Improvement and reflected in the Long Term Plan, for each NHS organisation to set its own target for black and minority ethnic (BME) representation across its leadership team and broader workforce. The strategy will provide accelerated, intensive support to local NHS organisations on increasing the recruitment of BME staff at senior levels (Source: NHS England). 

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A Model Employer: Increasing black and minority ethnic representation at senior levels across the NHS

NHS Operational Planning and Contracting Guidance 2019/20

NHS England | January 2019 | NHS Operational Planning and Contracting Guidance 2019/20

This is the full guidance, building on the first part published in December 2018. It accompanies five-year indicative CCG allocations and sets out the trust financial regime for 2019/20, alongside the service deliverables including those arising from year one of the Long Term Plan. CCGs and trusts should take action from April 2019 to begin implementing the measures set out in the LTP (Source: NHS England).

NHS Operational Planning and Contracting Guidance 2019/20

Brexit operational readiness guidance for the health and care system in England

Department of Health and Social Care | December 2018 | Brexit operational readiness guidance for the health and care system in England

Actions that providers and commissioners of health and social care services should take to prepare for, and manage, the risks of a no-deal exit scenario.

This guidance, developed and agreed with NHS England and NHS Improvement, will support the health and care system in England to be prepared for a no-deal scenario.

It summarises the areas where the department is focusing no-deal exit contingency planning, and where local action is required.

This guidance represents the most up-to-date information available at the time of publishing.

EU Exit operational readiness guidance

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