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Care coordinators top the bill as most increased ARRS hires

PCNs have hired more care coordinators via the Additional Roles Reimbursement Scheme (ARRS) over the last six months than any other role, new data has shown. New NHS Digital figures indicate that as many as 2,775 coordinators are working in PCNs in England as of March this year, up by more than 1,100 since September. […]

Monkeypox contacts should isolate and receive smallpox vaccine

The closest contacts of monkeypox cases should self-isolate for three weeks, the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) has said. New UKHSA guidance published on Friday said that those at the highest risk from monkeypox should be subject to ‘self-isolation for 21 days, including exclusion from work’ and no travel. They should be actively monitored with […]

NHS has begun work on national vaccination service

A ‘long-term NHS vaccination service’ is now under development, NHS England documents have revealed. In January, the health secretary told MPs that a ‘national vaccination service’ is needed to ensure GPs are not asked to stop routine care again, as they did during the Covid vaccination programme. Controversially, he also suggested the service could cover […]

Pharmacists can substitute out-of-stock HRT products without consulting GP

Pharmacists can now substitute hormone replacement therapy (HRT) products for alternatives if the original prescription is out of stock, as part of a host of new rules aimed at tackling the shortage. The new measures allow community pharmacists to supply specified alternatives to the prescribed products without needing to seek authorisation from the patient’s GP […]

GP named as NHS England’s next primary care director

NHS England has named a GP as its next national director for primary care and community services. Dr Amanda Doyle will replace Ian Dodge, who has been in the post for nearly eight years, taking up her new post in June. In an email announcing her appointment to NHS England staff this afternoon, NHS England […]

Government review could see NHS England, CQC and UKHSA ‘abolished’

A Government review of arm’s length bodies (ALBs), including the NHS England, CQC and UKHSA could see ‘powers returned to accountable ministers’. The evaluation will look at the efficacy and efficiency of all public bodies and whether they should be ‘abolished or retained’ or should carry on delivering all of their functions. NHS Improvement, NHS […]

‘Trailblazer’ ICSs needed to pave road for specialised services, thinktank says

NHS England should consider delegating specialist services to matured ‘trailblazer’ Integrated Care Systems (ICSs), a thinktank has said. The report, led by Policy Exchange, suggested that pushing responsibility for services ‘away from the centre and into ICSs’ would allow local leaders to better tailor them to their populations. NHS England is required by the Health […]

Monkeypox: Three cases confirmed in England

Three cases of monkeypox have now been confirmed in England, the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) has said. However, it said there is a ‘very low risk of transmission’ to the general public. UKHSA announced on Saturday that two further individuals have been diagnosed with monkeypox in London, after a previous case was confirmed earlier […]

Sinn Fein and DUP must form government to ‘fix’ health service ‘on the verge of collapse’

Northern Irish political leaders must immediately form a government in order to ‘fix’ a health service ‘on the verge of collapse’, say GPs. The BMA and RCGP issued a joint statement alongside the Royal colleges of surgeons, nursing and emergency medicine, in which they appealed to ‘our newly-elected representatives to put our health service first’ […]

Government rejects proposal for integrated backlog recovery plan

The Government has rejected MPs’ recommendation to adopt a ‘broader’ backlog recovery plan to be delivered by Integrated Care Boards (ICBs) and involving services from across the sector. The recommendation had urged the DHSC to pull together an NHS recovery plan that goes ‘beyond the elective backlog’ by April 2022, and called for it to […]