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HPV vaccine to change for 2021/22 academic year

The HPV vaccine to be used during the 2021/22 academic year is to be changed ‘at some point’ during the school year with a need for ‘robust’ communications around consent for the new jab, Public Health England (PHE) has told commissioners. In a letter sent to CCGs and NHS England leaders, PHE outlined that the […]


New ONS data gives false impression of health inequalities facing ethnic minority groups

New figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) which found that ethnic minority groups had higher life expectancy than the white population ‘bely a complex picture’ of disproportionate causes of death, the King’s Fund has said. The data set, which was published earlier this week (26 July), suggested that people in white and mixed […]


RCGP sounds alarm with emergency action plan as GPs reach ‘breaking point’

General practice is at ‘breaking point’ and urgent action is needed from the Government to help GPs deal with the aftermath of Covid and prevent them and their staff from burning out, the RCGP has warned. Launching an emergency action plan for recovery today, the college said the set of proposals ‘sends out an SOS […]


Amanda Pritchard to replace Simon Stevens as NHS England chief

Amanda Pritchard is set to replace Sir Simon Stevens as the chief executive of NHS England at the end of this week. Ms Pritchard, who has been chief operating officer of NHSE and chief executive of NHS Improvement since 2019, was appointed today (28 July) as Sir Stevens’ successor by the NHSE board. Prime Minister […]


Covid testing support for 12 north east local authorities

The Government has now made additional Covid-19 testing support available to 12 local authorities across the north east of England. Made available for five weeks from yesterday (26 July), the support package will include the option to deliver extra testing, logistical support for the vaccine programme, and help for local public health campaigns. The decision […]


NHS users will be able to check who is accessing their patient data, NHS Digital says

A new patient data register will allow NHS service users to see which organisations are accessing their data and for what reason, NHS Digital has said. The tool provides an interactive report with information about each data sharing agreement (DSA), including the organisation applying for the data, details of physical files released, and the start […]


How to tackle the updated investment and impact fund targets for 2021/22

GP partner and PCN co-lead Dr David Coleman explains what the new Investment and Impact Fund indicators involve and how much they are worth, and offers tips on how to boost your Network’s achievement This article first appeared on Pulse Intelligence The Investment and Impact Fund (IIF) is an incentive scheme operating at a PCN level. The […]


How to deliver the structured medication reviews and medicines optimisation service

GP partner and PCN Co-Clinical Director Dr Rupa Joshi offers tips on meeting this year’s service requirements This article was first published by Pulse Intelligence The structured medication reviews and medicines optimisation service began last October and continues under the Network Contract DES for 2021/22.1 In this year’s service specification the structured medication review (SMR) requirements have been […]


Is it time for PCNs to think about forming a company?

Specialist medical accountant James Gransby explains why Primary Care Networks might want to consider switching to a limited company business model and what could be the deciding factors This article first appeared on Pulse Intelligence. When Primary Care Networks (PCNs) were first established they were free to choose their own business models, depending on how the members […]


BME doctors underrepresented in senior NHS positions, report shows

Black and minority ethnic (BME) doctors are underrepresented in consultant, clinical director and medical director roles, according to a new report into race equality in the NHS.   The medical workforce race equality standard report was published this week after being commissioned by NHS chief executive Simon Stevens to look into race equality among England’s doctors.   It found that in 2020, 26.4% of clinical directors and just over one fifth (20.3%) of […]