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West Yorkshire and Harrogate STP starts move to shared control total
16 Feb 2018

How is West Yorkshire and Harrogate STP progressing to a shared control total? Leaders of West Yorkshire and Harrogate sustainability and transformation partnership (STP) are drafting an agreement that would commit NHS organisations in the area to work to a shared control total. The move,...

King's hospital board to seek £223m loan from DHSC
16 Feb 2018

Will DHSC supply more money to financially strapped foundation trust? King's College Hospital Foundation Trust forecasts it will need a loan of £223m from the government for this financial year. The Department of Health and Social Care has already loaned the London teaching hospital,...

Nene CCG to pursue responsibility for primary care budgets despite GP vote
16 Feb 2018

  Why did NENE CCG GPs vote down primary care commissioning? Nene Clinical Commissioning Group is to continue to pursue its aim of taking responsibility for its area's primary care budget after GPs narrowly rejected the proposal. Nene CCG's governing body papers for January...

Patients to get mobile devices in bid to cut stroke statistics
16 Feb 2018

  How effective will mobile ECG devices be? Thousands of devices including mobile electrocardiogram (ECG) units are being distributed to GP practices, pharmacies and NHS community clinics across London during February as part of National Heart Month. A smartphone-linked device that...

Clinical trials for cancer to receive more investment
16 Feb 2018

How will the extra investment help? Cancer Research UK is to make one of its largest investments to date, £45m, into its nationwide network of clinical trial units (CTUs.) The trials aim to find out if a new treatment is safe to use and if it is better than existing treatments. Every...

Delayed transfers of care lowest for years in Wales, says social care minister
16 Feb 2018

  If there is an easing of pressure on NHS is it sustainable? Welsh social care minister Huw Irranca-Davies said some of the additional £10m funding to relieve pressure on the NHS in winter has gone to social care services to help make sure patients are discharged from hospital...

Guideline on treatment for migraine published in Scotland
16 Feb 2018

  Will new migraine guideline change prescribing practice in Scotland? Updated advice on treatment for migraine, including what drugs to use to manage or prevent headache disorders, has been published in Scotland. The Scottish Intercollegiate Guidelines Network (SIGN) has prepared...

SMC gives green light to medicines for bladder cancer, skin cancer and multiple sclerosis
16 Feb 2018

  Has revised process improved access to new medicines in Scotland? The Scottish Medicines Consortium (SMC) has approved five new drugs for use in the NHS in Scotland, including treatments for skin and bladder cancer. Pembrolizumab (Keytruda) was accepted for advanced bladder cancer...

A briefing on NHS England’s and NHS Improvement’s Refreshing NHS Plans for 2018/19
09 Feb 2018

Following the November 2017 Budget that announced extra NHS funding of £1.6bn for 2018/19, NHS England’s and NHS Improvement’s Refreshing NHS Plans for 2018/19, published last week shows the Department of Health and Social Care is making a further £540m available through the...

Kent and Medway CCGs in joint leadership and possible merger talks
09 Feb 2018

How is the leadership of CCGs in Kent and Medway set to change? Eight clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) in the Kent and Medway area are discussing developing a 'single strategic commissioner' led by a joint committee. A single accountable officer is likely to be appointed within...