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NICE consults on range of CCG outcomes indicators

Nurses are invited to take part in NICE's consultation on additional indicators for the 2014/2015 Clinical Commissioning Group Outcomes Indicator Set (formerly the 'Commissioning Outcomes Framework'). The 32 proposed indicators cover conditions including

NICE consults on range of CCG outcomes indicators

Nurses are invited to take part in NICE's consultation on additional indicators for the 2014/2015 Clinical Commissioning Group Outcomes Indicator Set (formerly the 'Commissioning Outcomes Framework'). The 32 proposed indicators cover conditions including

Systematic care failures in assessing children

A 'systematic failure in the NHS' to assess children with acute illness that could be better managed by general practice, out of hours services and NHS Direct, has led to yearly increases in emergency hospital admissions for children.

Health visiting lacks education infrastructure

There is a 'real need' for health visitors to receive better education and training to enable them to develop practice, according to the National Nursing Research Unit at King's College London.

Care failings in the community must be addressed, say nurses

An overwhelming 98 per cent of primary care and community nurses acknowledge quality of care could be improved in practice and community settings, but warn key barriers to overcome include insufficient qualified nurses and inappropriate use of skill mix.

NMC to update overseas nurse registration policy

The NMC has reviewed its overseas registration policy in a bid to lead to a clearer, better understood and more robust registration process for overseas applicants, which will strengthen its ability to protect the public.

Patients missing out on blood glucose test strips

The national clinical director for diabetes has urged practices to ensure patients with type 1 diabetes have supplies of blood glucose test strips, following reports that people are missing out on prescriptions.

Dementia friends scheme launches first sessions

A government-funded Alzheimer's Society initiative to improve public understanding of dementia by signing up a million 'dementia friends', launched last week with the first of its 'friends information sessions'.

Pros of breast screening outweighed by cons

While deaths from breast cancer may be avoided by screening, any benefit will be more than outweighed by deaths due to the long-term adverse effects of treatment according to Michael Baum, professor emeritus of surgery at University College London.

Prescribing of combined pill requires review

GPs and practice nurse prescribers have been urged to review the prescribing of the combined hormonal contraceptive pill after research revealed many are taking 'unacceptable risks' by continuing to prescribe it in women with medical conditions such as hy

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