BBC News – “‘Shameful’ use of restraints on disabled patients”

Posted October 2, 2018

The use of restraints on adults with learning disabilities in hospital units in England rose by 50% between 2016 and 2017, figures show. In 2017, restraints were used more than 22,000 times – once every half an hour. This was up from 15,000 times in 2016. Former Social Care Minister Norman Lamb said the use […]

Extended GP access during evenings and weekends

Posted September 24, 2018

In 2016 NHS England published the General Practice Forward View, their vision for primary care, which included a commitment to improve access for patients, including appointments at evenings and weekends. Refreshed guidance in February 2018, means that from 1 October 2018 patients will all have access to appointments from 8am – 8pm Monday to Friday […]

CQC calls for new national guidance to improve sexual safety on mental health wards

Posted September 13, 2018

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) is calling for new national guidance to improve the sexual safety of people and staff on mental health wards, following analysis of how mental health trusts in England report sexual incidents.  In its Sexual Safety on Mental Health Wards report published Tuesday 11th September 2018, the CQC shares its findings […]

National GP Patient Survey has been published

Posted September 10, 2018

The GP Patient Survey is an independent survey run by Ipsos MORI on behalf of NHS England. The survey is sent out to over a million people across the UK. The results which get published annually have recently been published and they show how people feel about their GP practice.   Click on a surgery […]

Deal for NHS to offer exciting new child cancer therapy

Posted September 5, 2018

A deal has been struck to let the NHS offer children an expensive new cancer therapy that has been called the most exciting treatment advance for decades. CAR-T is a cutting-edge treatment for aggressive leukaemia when other drugs have failed but usually costs hundreds of thousands of pounds per patient. NHS England boss Simon Stevens […]

New drive to encourage doctors to write to patients in plain English


Guidance suggests specialists should avoid Latin terms, acronyms and convoluted language.     Hospital doctors are being told to write letters directly to patients, and in plain English, in a move the profession’s leaders hope will sweep away the use of baffling medical terminology. The initiative by the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges aims to […]

How your heart age is key to heart attack or stroke risk

Posted September 4, 2018

  Public Health England is urging people over 30 to take an online test to find out their heart age, which indicates if they are at increased risk of suffering a heart attack or a stroke. They predict about 80% of heart attacks and strokes in people under 75 could be prevented if heart health […]

Pharmacy Thames Valley August Newsletter

Posted August 16, 2018

Pharmacy Thames Valley have recently released their August Newsletter. Inside this issue is: Chief Officer’s Welcome Controlled Drugs Make Every Contact Count Revalidation Reminder Hints & Tips 2018/19 Flu Support & Resources Psychoactive Substances Guide Pre – Reg Training Grant 2018/19 Palliative Care Survey LPC Committee Visits to Pharmacies Oxfordshire Heart Failure Meeting Upcoming Events […]

Government announces homeless deaths must be investigated

Posted August 14, 2018

“Authorities have been told they must investigate homeless deaths, as part of a new government Rough Sleeping Strategy. The announcement comes just months after the Bureau revealed that homeless deaths are hardly ever reviewed in England and Wales, with, on average, just one official review a year being logged since 2010. Now the government has […]