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Thursday 30 October 2014

Top stories

02.10.14: Health Education England has been asked to find out exactly how many primary and community care staff are needed across the country
30.10.14: GPs and social workers are ideally placed to work together to implement radical solutions to the funding crises facing both general practice and social work, a joint report has claimed
30.10.14: The NHS Health Check programme could be a "waste of resources" as it was not rigorously checked before being brought in, a government committee has claimed
29.10.14: General practices can now bid for part of the £100 million Prime Minister's Challenge Fund, to improve access for patients
14.10.14: Guidance on room decontamination and how to assess whether a patient has been infected with Ebola in general practice has been released by Public Health England
14.10.14: Practices have been warned over patient confidentiality when participating in the government’s seven-day access trial
30.09.14: An additional £400 million has been pledged to help practices offer more flexible opening hours to patients, but RCGP has warned that the plans will unfairly “raise [patient] expectations”
17.10.14: Six organisations across the UK have been chosen by the Nursing and Midwifery Council to test nurse revalidation

Personal practice

Andy Drane: How will general practice be affected if Scotland decides to become independent? Two days before the ground-breaking vote specialist healthcare solicitor Andy Drane outlines possible changes
Dr James Kingsland: In this co-written post, Dr James Kingsland and Graham Roberts, managing director of Assura Group explain why the Five Year Forward View must revolutionise primary care estates
Steve Field: For the last two weeks the Care Quality Commission's chief inspector of general practice, Steve Field, has been busy meeting CQC staff and taking part in inspections

Events 2014

16th October

CQC Handbook

What can you expect when you are inspected? Our CQC Rule book, sponsored by DBG, provides tips, advice and insight for practice managers planning and preparing for a CQC inspection.
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