RCGP publishes response to care data report

10 February 2015

The Royal College of General Practitioners has published a response to a report prepared by the All Party Parliamentary Group for Patient and Public involvement in Health and Social Care and the Patients Association on the care.data project.

MHRA announces publication of new Orange and Green guides

10 February 2015

The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) has announced the publication of new 2015 editions of the Orange and Green guides on the latest UK pharmaceutical regulations, EU directives and guidance for manufacturers and distributors of human medicines.

ICO to impose compulsory data protection audits on GPs

10 February 2015

From 1 February the information commissioner's office (ICO) will be able to carry out compulsory audits to assess data protection in NHS authorities, including GP practices, following legislative changes.

Energy saving measures on prescription

10 February 2015

A scheme where energy efficiency improvements have been provided on prescription to people with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease has been hailed a success as it was shown to reduce GP and outpatient appointments.

Countdown to Patient Online

10 February 2015

The Royal College of General Practitioners has collaborated with NHS England in the development of a toolkit of elearning resources to help GPs and practice staff in introducing Patient Online within their own practices.

Revised NMC Code comes into effect 31 March 2015

4 February 2015

All UK nurses must function in line with the Code for Professional Standards of Practice. This has been revised to mirror changes in modern day professional practice and to reflect public expectations of care and encompasses changes to guidance which sits under the Code. It will come into effect on 31 March 2015.

GPs called on to check new care home residents for dementia

4 February 2015

NHS England national clinical director for dementia Professor Alistair Burns has said that, in addition to screening every new care home resident, GPs should be working with care homes to “double-check” that all residents with dementia are on the quality outcomes framework (QOF) register.