News from NHS Networks: 15 March 2013

Patient Information Conference in its eighth year

The government’s information strategy asserts that “access to good quality information… is an important health and care service in its own right”. It is a powerful statement, but what does it mean and how do we deliver?

Read more »

Regulations on procurement, patient choice and competition

The regulations laid last month have been amended in light of concerns expressed by GPs and others.

Read more »

Interim arrangements for NHS CB number two

The NHS Commissioning Board has announced interim arrangements for the post of chief operating officer and deputy chief executive.

Read more »

Mental health panel issues new guides

Advice and support for commissioners.

Read more »

The patient online: the road map

This guidance from RCGP supports GP practices to provide online access for patients.

Read more »

New network launched for rehabilitation professionals

A new network has been launched to bring together all qualified rehabilitation workers in the UK.

Read more »

New operating model for the commissioning of offender health care

The NHS Commissioning Board (NHS CB) has published the single operating model for the commissioning of offender health services.

Read more »

Bulletin for proposed CCGs: 7 March 2013

Latest CCG bulletin from the NHS Commissioning Board.

Read more »

Resources to improve research information for patients

Resource pack to help NHS trusts raise awareness of clinical research among patients and carers, and deliver on the NHS constitution commitment to provide research information supporting patient choice.

Read more »

Best practice for managing medicines shortages in secondary care

These standards provide advice to NHS hospitals in England in managing medicines shortages at local level to minimise any risks to patients through delays to treatment.

Read more »

Chief medical officer warns over antibiotics

The second volume of the CMO’s annual report covers the threat of antimicrobial resistance and infectious diseases.

Read more »

GP-led groups ready to take charge of NHS budgets in every community in England

NHS Commissioning Board establishes fourth and final wave of clinical commissioning groups.

Read more »

March issue of Commissioning Excellence

Commissioning support needs to be focused on transformation not on transactions, according to Bob Ricketts, the man in charge of commissioning support at the NHS CB.

Read more »

What’s worrying your CCG?

CCGs have no shortage of challenges as they prepare to take the reins on 1 April. Initial responses to the survey point to predictable concerns about the financial pressures on CCGs but some more surprisingly relaxed attitudes in other areas – about the ability to engage with other organisations, for example.

Read more »

Healthy phone apps

The NHS Commissioning Board has launched a library of apps to help people manage their health.

Read more »

England to host international initiative for mental health leadership in 2014

Norman Lamb, minister of state for care services has accepted an invitation for England to host the 2014 exchange.

Read more »

CQC second care update

Care for people with dementia is not meeting their needs as services are struggling to cope, according to the latest care update from Care Quality Commission.

Read more »

Patient and public engagement: still an aspiration?

Engaging with patients and public is vital if NHS and social care organisations are to achieve outcomes, improve quality of services and strengthen bonds with local communities.

Read more »

Local Healthwatch regulations explained

Document to help local Healthwatch audiences understand the legal requirements that have been set out in regulations.

Read more »

Commissioning an integrated footcare pathway

Key recommendations for CCGs to help reduce diabetic amputations by 50%.

Read more »

 

Can health apps damage your health?

Technology can be fantastic but every week sees the launch of a new smartphone or tablet app. If you have ever wondered just how beneficial the thousands of ‘health related’ apps are, then take a look at this article.  There are 3 things to bear in mind.

1 No app is better than a qualified medical professional

2 If you want an app, go to the more respected websites like Cochrane, NHS and Red Cross

3 No apps are currently regulated.

Best Practice App – all clear

There is a new release of the Best Practice app available on iTunes. The technical issues with the display of some treatment options in the previous version, which caused us to temporarily withdraw the app, have been resolved and all users should update to the new release at the earliest opportunity.

As a previous user the new release should be available to you as an update and free of charge. If you have any problems please contact our Customer Services team at support@bmjgroup.com

RECALL of Best Practice app – URGENT

mphoneMessage from BMJ

We have been experiencing a technical fault with the Best Practice app for iPad. 

Please delete the Best Practice app for iPad and for iPhone from your systems and from any shared devices.  We are trying to reach all users but you may have more up to date user data so we would request that you take the necessary steps to inform your users that they should not use the app.

We are confident that this technical fault only applies to the iPad app but we have also temporarily withdrawn the app for iPhone as a precaution until an app update for both iPad and iPhone is available.

We are taking urgent steps to correct the fault and to issue an updated app.  Our customer services team will be in touch as soon as the revised app for iPad and iPhone are available – having previously downloaded the app you will be able to download the updated versions free of charge.

Please note that Best Practice on other platforms such as the online version (http://bestpractice.bmj.com) and the mobile browser version (http://bp.bmjgroup.mobi) are not affected by this fault and we therefore recommend that your users access these in the meantime.

We apologise for the inconvenience caused by this fault and ask that you take the actions above without delay.