Letters and circulars

Circulars explain aspects of health and social care policy and regulation more fully. Many circulars are quasi-legislative and include a direction or requirement to take specific action. Letters provide key communication between DH and its NHS and social care audiences. Many circulars and letters include guidance on implementation of aspects of health and social care policy. View past letters and circulars

Survey of plans to tender for genito-urinary medicine services

Details of any current or future plans to tender sexual health genito-urinary medicine (GUM) services are being sought from strategic health authorities, primary care trusts and specialist commissioning groups. In … Read more → – Survey of plans to tender for genito-urinary medicine services

New approval process for making severance payments to very senior managers

This letter from Sir David Nicholson sets out the new approval process to be followed when making a termination payment to very senior managers (VSMs) employed by primary care trusts … Read more → – New approval process for making severance payments to very senior managers

Be Clear on Cancer – update on activity

An update on the Be Clear on Cancer programme that promotes early cancer diagnosis, including the launch of the ‘reminder’ campaign on bowel cancer, is published today for the NHS … Read more → – Be Clear on Cancer – update on activity

Future operations for screening and immunisation services published

A letter sets out the agreement between the Department of Health, Public Health England and the NHS Commissioning Board on their roles and respective accountabilities in relation to national screening … Read more → – Future operations for screening and immunisation services published

Update on EU guidance on nutrition labelling published

The European Commission has issued a further revised draft of its guidance on tolerance, to be applied to nutrition labelling declared in accordance with Regulation (EU) No 1169/2011 on the … Read more → – Update on EU guidance on nutrition labelling published

Taking part in the 2012 NHS Staff Survey

NHS Chief Executive, David Nicholson, is encouraging NHS chief executives to strongly support the 2012 NHS Staff Survey and to encourage their staff to take part. He has provided information … Read more → – Taking part in the 2012 NHS Staff Survey

Review of local formulary processes to support Innovation Health and Wealth

The NICE Medicines and Prescribing Centre has been commissioned to develop supporting good practice guidance on local medicines formularies. This is likely to be published by the end of 2012. … Read more → – Review of local formulary processes to support Innovation Health and Wealth