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Friends and Family Test rolled out across England

Every patient visiting A&E or staying in hospital overnight will be asked whether they would recommend the service they used to their friends and family. Results of the  Friends and Family Test will be published on NHS Choices allowing the … Read more → – Friends and Family Test rolled out across England

Public Health England priorities for 2013-2014

On 1 April 2013, Public Health England went live, bringing together a wide range of organisations and functions into a single body. These include the Health Protection Agency, Public Health Observatories, National Treatment Agency, UK National Screening Committees, Cancer and … Read more → – Public Health England priorities for 2013-2014

The Caldicott Information Governance Review

The Department of Health said people would get greater control over how their personal information is shared, in its initial response to the Caldicott Review published 26th April 2013. The review includes a proposed ‘duty’ for health and care professionals … Read more → – The Caldicott Information Governance Review

Choice and competition in commissioning website to be developed

 NHS England and Monitor are working in partnership to develop a Choice & Competition website.  The website aims to help commissioners and providers understand where competition may deliver improved outcomes for patients and bring together all of the key material that … Read more → – Choice and competition in commissioning website to be developed

Community Right to Challenge – public health exemptions

Under the Community Right to Challenge voluntary sector groups (including Social Enterprises) parish councils and groups of local authority staff can submit expressions of interest to local authorities where they believe they can run them more effectively or in a … Read more → – Community Right to Challenge – public health exemptions

Publication of revised NHS Constitution

Following a public consultation, on 26 March we published a revised NHS Constitution. This strengthens a number of areas, including:  patient involvement; feedback; duty of candour; end of life care; integrated care; complaints; patient information; staff rights, responsibilities and commitments; … Read more → – Publication of revised NHS Constitution

Guidance on patient-led assessments

Guidance and assessment forms for the new patient-led assessments of the care environment (PLACE) have been published by the NHS Commissioning Board. The new assessment will be introduced in April 2013 and replace the old Patient Environment Action Team (PEAT) … Read more → – Guidance on patient-led assessments

Maternity, child health and child and adolescent mental health services

All NHS funded providers of maternity and children’s services in England are required to commence local data collection for the maternity, child health and CAMHS data set from April 2013. This data set is important to nurses, midwives and other … Read more → – Maternity, child health and child and adolescent mental health services

New powers to check language skills of doctors

New checks are being introduced to make sure all doctors who work for the NHS can speak English well enough to treat patients. The checks are detailed in the government response to the House of Commons Health Committee Report ’2012 … Read more → – New powers to check language skills of doctors

Addendum to guidance for healthcare providers on managing Pseudomonas published

Further to the issuing of practical technical guidance ‘Water sources and potential Pseudomonas aeruginosa contamination of taps and water systems – Advice for augmented care units’ in March 2012, an addendum to Health Technical Memorandum 04-01 was published on 12 … Read more → – Addendum to guidance for healthcare providers on managing Pseudomonas published