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tag:www.gov.uk,2005:/government/organisations/department-of-healthDepartment of Health - Activity on GOV.UKHM Government2014-04-17T15:31:05+01:00tag:www.gov.uk,2005:PublicationesquePresenter/2305832014-04-17T15:31:05+01:002014-04-17T15:31:05+01:00Independent report: Social exclusion of people in the sex industry: review of evidenceNational Inclusion Board (NIB) report shows that people engaged in sex work are subject to high levels of social exclusion.<div class="govspeak"><p>This National Inclusion Board (NIB) report is structured around 3 themes: </p> <ul> <li>the factors that cause vulnerability, social exclusion and involvement in sex work </li> <li>how social exclusion affects the lives of sex workers and the different levels of social exclusion experienced by certain groups of sex workers</li> <li>the barriers that prevent greater social inclusion of sex workers’ lives</li> </ul><p>Many of these barriers relate to broader issues of social exclusion beyond sex work itself.</p> <h3 id="we-want-your-feedback">We want your feedback</h3> <p>We’d like to know how easy it is to understand our publications. If you read all, or any part, of the attached publication(s) and have 2 minutes to spare, please let us know what you think by answering our <a rel="external" href="https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/dhclearenglishpbs">short survey</a>.</p></div>tag:www.gov.uk,2005:PublicationesquePresenter/2317772014-04-17T15:03:40+01:002014-04-17T15:03:40+01:00Form: ARSAC application formsApplication and renewal forms for a certificate from the Administration of Radioactive Substances Advisory Committee (ARSAC).<div class="govspeak"><p>These forms are for doctors or dentists who want to apply for a certificate to use radioactive medicinal products (<abbr title="radioactive medicinal product">RMP</abbr>) on people (in diagnosis, therapy or research). </p> <p>They include forms for: </p> <ul> <li>a full application</li> <li>an addition to a current certificate</li> <li>an application for particular patient <abbr title="radioactive medicinal product">RMP</abbr> administration</li> <li>renewing a current certificate</li> <li>a functional group application for an amendment</li> </ul><p>For more advice on making an application, see the <a href="https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/arsac-notes-for-guidance">‘Notes for Guidance’</a>.</p></div>tag:www.gov.uk,2005:PublicationesquePresenter/2310312014-04-17T14:02:46+01:002014-04-17T14:02:46+01:00Policy paper: DH and HSCIC Framework AgreementDescribes the elements of the working relationship between the Department of Health and Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC).<div class="govspeak"><p>This document outlines out how the department and HSCIC will work together, setting out roles, responsibilities, governance and accountability arrangements.</p></div>tag:www.gov.uk,2005:PublicationesquePresenter/2317892014-04-17T14:00:33+01:002014-04-17T14:00:33+01:00Guidance: ARSAC Notes for GuidanceGuidance for doctors and dentists who use radiopharmaceuticals or sealed radioactive sources in diagnosis, treatment or research.<div class="govspeak"><p>This guidance to good clinical practice for nuclear medicine in the UK is the advice of the Administration of Radioactive Substances Advisory Committee (<abbr title="Administration of Radioactive Substances Advisory Committee">ARSAC</abbr>). </p> <p>The guide includes advice on <abbr title="Administration of Radioactive Substances Advisory Committee">ARSAC</abbr> certificates, so it will be useful for health professionals filling in ARSAC application forms.</p></div>tag:www.gov.uk,2005:PublicationesquePresenter/2315282014-04-17T11:19:55+01:002014-04-17T11:19:55+01:00Policy paper: Progress on improving nursing for people with learning disabilitiesHow learning disability nursing is improving to give high quality, compassionate care for people with learning disabilities. <div class="govspeak"><p>This report sets out the progress made in England during the past year against the 17 recommendations set out in <a rel="external" href="http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Resource/0039/00391946.pdf">‘Strengthening the Commitment: The report of the UK Modernising Learning Disability Nursing Review (2012)’</a>. It shows how the recommendations have been turned into good practice to achieve better health and wellbeing for people with learning disabilities. </p> <p>It fulfils the commitment we made in <a href="https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/winterbourne-view-hospital-department-of-health-review-and-response">‘Transforming Care: A national response to Winterbourne View Hospital’</a>. </p> <h3 id="give-us-your-feedback">Give us your feedback</h3> <p>We’d like to know how easy it is to understand our publications. If you read all, or any part, of the attached publications and have 2 minutes to spare, please let us know what you think by answering our <a rel="external" href="https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/dhclearenglishpbs">short survey.</a></p></div>tag:www.gov.uk,2005:PublicationesquePresenter/1648672013-04-25T11:50:00+01:002014-04-17T11:12:57+01:00Policy paper: NHS England accountability meeting minutesMinutes of the Secretary of State's meetings on NHS England accountability.<p><em>Updated:</em> Added minutes for 17 March 2014</p><div class="govspeak"><p>The Secretary of State for Health and officials from the Department of Health met representatives from NHS England to talk about issues of accountability.</p></div>tag:www.gov.uk,2005:PublicationesquePresenter/2308052014-04-17T00:15:00+01:002014-04-17T00:15:00+01:00Open consultation: Nursing and Midwifery Council: changes to governing legislationSeeks views on changes to the Nursing and Midwifery Order 2001 to help the Nursing and Midwifery Council fulfil its duties.<div class="govspeak"><p>The legislation that governs the Nursing and Midwifery Council (<abbr title="Nursing and Midwifery Council">NMC</abbr>) is restricting its ability to effectively carry out some of its duties. Proposed changes to the Nursing and Midwifery Order 2001 will:</p> <ul> <li>improve handling of Fitness-to-Practise (<abbr title="Fitness-to-Practise">FtP</abbr>) cases</li> <li>introduce power to review certain <abbr title="Fitness-to-Practise">FtP</abbr> decisions</li> <li>allow registrants who are not fit to practise, for health or lack of competence reasons, to be removed from the register</li> <li>change who sits on registration appeal panels</li> <li>help to make sure a practising registrant has appropriate insurance</li> </ul><p>The <abbr title="Nursing and Midwifery Council">NMC</abbr> is the UK regulator for nursing and midwifery.</p></div>tag:www.gov.uk,2005:PublicationesquePresenter/1976312013-10-11T12:03:00+01:002014-04-16T17:19:37+01:00Guidance: DH non-executive appointmentsInformation about non executive appointments to the Department of Health's public bodies and committees.<p><em>Updated:</em> Updated to include the following appointments: Advisory Committee on Antimicrobial Resistance and Healthcare Associated Infections (ARHAI) Chair and Members; Patient and Public Voice Advisory Group (PPVAG) Chair and Members; Advisory Committee on the Safety of Blood, Tissues and Organs (SaBTO) Member; Rapid Review Panel (RRP) Members; and Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) Member.</p><div class="govspeak"><p>Details about appointments made to the Department’s public bodies and expert committees.</p> <p>For further information on non-executive appointments please contact the Department of Health at: <a href="mailto:appointments.team@dh.gsi.gov.uk">appointments.team@dh.gsi.gov.uk</a></p> <h3 id="give-us-your-feedback">Give us your feedback</h3> <p>We’d like to know how easy it is to understand our publications. If you read all, or any part, of the attached publications and have 2 minutes to spare, please let us know what you think by answering our <a rel="external" href="https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/dhclearenglishpbs">short survey</a>.</p></div>tag:www.gov.uk,2005:PublicationesquePresenter/2306862014-04-14T09:02:00+01:002014-04-14T09:02:00+01:00Policy paper: Plans to improve primary careDepartment of Health and NHS England’s joint plan to provide personalised, proactive care for people who need it most.<div class="govspeak"><p>‘Transforming Primary Care’ sets out plans for more proactive, personalised and joined up care, including the Proactive Care Programme, providing the 800,000 patients with the most complex health and care needs with: </p> <ul> <li>a personal care and support plan </li> <li>a named accountable GP</li> <li>a professional to coordinate their care </li> <li>same-day telephone consultations </li> </ul><p>The plan builds on the role of primary care in keeping patients well and independent. It explains how professionals across the healthcare system can work together to transform care to become more proactive and tailored to patients’ individual need.</p> <h3 id="we-want-your-feedback">We want your feedback</h3> <p>We’d like to know how easy it is to understand our publications. If you read all, or any part, of the attached publication(s) and have 2 minutes to spare, please let us know what you think by answering our <a rel="external" href="https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/dhclearenglishpbs">short survey</a>.</p></div>tag:www.gov.uk,2005:NewsArticlePresenter/2308412014-04-14T00:16:53+01:002014-04-14T00:16:53+01:00Press release: Millions to benefit from improved GP careExtended opening hours and enhanced care for the elderly will soon be available at doctors’ surgeries across many parts of the country.<div class="govspeak"><p>Millions of people will now be able to see their family doctor outside of working hours, including late night and weekend appointments, while the elderly and those with more serious health complaints will get tailored care, coordinated by just one local GP.</p> <p>The Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt and NHS England Chief Executive Simon Stevens have set out the proposals for:</p> <ul> <li> <p>More GP access – More than 7.5 million people in England will be offered increased access to their GP services, including seven-day opening and 8am-8pm appointments. The Prime Minister’s £50 million GP Access Fund will support 1,147 practices covering every region to offer extra services for those who struggle to find appointments that fit in with their family and work life. GP groups have responded enthusiastically to the call for ideas on how to modernise services and will now bring in a variety of forward-thinking services to suit busy lifestyles, including greater use of Skype, email and phone consultations for those who would find it easier. The Fund was originally expected to help just 500,000 people but has been expanded as a result of a high level of interest from surgeries across the country.</p> </li> <li> <p>Personalised care for the most vulnerable – 800,000 people with the most complex needs, mostly aged over 75, will also be enrolled onto a separate Transforming Primary Care programme of proactive, personalised care in the community. These patients will be offered a proactive enhanced service including: individual care plans reviewed regularly with patients and carers by GPs, nurses, carers and other health professionals; a named GP responsible for their care; and same-day access to a GP when they need it.</p> </li> </ul><h4 id="the-prime-minister-david-cameron-said">The Prime Minister, David Cameron, said:</h4> <blockquote> <p>Back in October, I said I wanted to make it easier for people to get appointments that fit in around a busy working week and family commitments.</p> <p>There has been a great response from doctors, with lots of innovative ideas, and we will now see over seven million patients given weekend and evening opening hours, alongside more access to their family doctor on the phone, via email or even Skype.</p> <p class="last-child">This is an important step and good news for patients.</p> </blockquote> <h4 id="health-secretary-jeremy-hunt-said">Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt said:</h4> <blockquote> <p>Moving nearly a million people onto proactive care plans is one of biggest changes that we need to make in our NHS. People want to know that their parents and relatives will get constant care if they have a long-term condition.</p> <p>Many doctors already give great care but I want to make sure this is completely co-ordinated to head off problems and keep people from going to hospital unnecessarily.</p> <p class="last-child">Extending GP opening hours and offering more services online will also make it far easier for millions of hardworking people and their families to fit seeing a GP around their busy lives.</p> </blockquote> <h4 id="simon-stevens-chief-executive-of-nhs-england-said">Simon Stevens, Chief Executive of NHS England said:</h4> <blockquote> <p class="last-child">By freeing up hard working family doctors to spend more time with their sickest patients, and by making it easier for other patients to get through to their GP surgery for help and advice at evenings and weekends, these initiatives have the potential to be a win-win-win for patients, their doctors and the NHS.</p> </blockquote> <p>People are living longer with more complex needs, which is putting pressure on the NHS. The 4.2 million people over 75 in England is expected to rise to 6.3 million by 2026. And by 2018, three million people will have three or more long-term conditions. However, more than a quarter of people with long-term conditions say they are not well cared for by the NHS, and two-fifths say they expect their care to get worse over the coming years.</p> <p>These plans represent the start of a fundamental shift in care from hospital to home, in which people will be given more on-going support to better manage conditions in the community rather than being admitted to hospital.</p> <p>Other GP services that will be rolled out from May into next year include:</p> <ul> <li> <p>Electronic prescriptions and online booking of appointments</p> </li> <li> <p>Easier, on-line registration and choice of practice</p> </li> <li> <p>Joining-up of urgent care and out-of-hours care to ensure rapid walk-in access to care</p> </li> <li> <p>Greater flexibility about how people access general practice, for instance with the option to visit a number of GP surgery sites in their area</p> </li> <li> <p>Better access to ‘telecare’ to help sick people stay comfortable at home, as well as to healthy living apps</p> </li> </ul><p>The Transforming Primary Care programme will be supported by dedicated funding of almost £500 per patient in GP time and a commitment to train 10,000 more frontline community staff, including GPs, nurses and other professionals, by 2020. The enhanced service also includes:</p> <ul> <li> <p>Offering paramedics, A&amp;E doctors and care homes a dedicated hotline to advise how to treat patients quicker</p> </li> <li> <p>Coordinating care for vulnerable patients discharged from hospital</p> </li> <li> <p>Reviewing how individual patients’ can avoid emergency admissions in future</p> </li> </ul></div>

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