Policy Watch

RCGP Policy Watch
Friday 19 December

IIGOP report on care.data (DoH)

The Independent Information Governance Oversight Panel has published its report into Care.data, raising questions over the preparedness of the ‘pathfinder stage’. The report concludes that GP practices can be confident in meeting their fair-processing responsibilities, and in informing patients about the movement of data from their GP records.

New guidance for digital clinical records for ambulance services (Royal College of Physicians)

The Royal College of Physicians has published guidance on the structure and content of ambulance services. The guidance was commissioned by NHS England and reflects the needs of the patients, outlining how pre-hospital records can be fully integrated with hospital and GP records. The aim of the guidance is to provide clinical information to paramedics before they arrive at the hospital.

GP visits reduced after patients receive energy saving measures on prescription from NHS & Gentoo (BITC)

GP and outpatient appointments in the NHS have been reduced through an energy saving pilot scheme run by the Gentoo Group and North East Clinical Commissioning Groups. The pilot provided energy efficiency improvements on prescription to people with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease. The measures, which included providing double glazing and new boilers, saw a 28 per cent reduction in GP appointments and 33 per cent in outpatient.

GMC to review its treatment of vulnerable doctors under fitness to practise investigation (GMC)

The General Medical Council has published the findings of its review of the fitness to practise procedures and the impact that they have on vulnerable doctors. The report shows that many of the doctors who commit suicide whilst under these procedures had mental health or alcohol issues. In order to improve these procedures the report recommends the creation of a National Support Service for doctors.

The priorities of the NHS met in second annual Workforce Plan for England (HEE)

Health Education England (HEE) has published its Workforce Plan for 2014/15, which pledges to commission an additional 370 postgraduate medical training posts and 555 nurse training posts. The plan outlines the £5 billion investment HEE will undertake in order to expand the future workforce in key priority areas.

New study outlines research priorities to improve the care of women with FGM (BJOG)

BJOG has called for further research to be undertaken on how to improve the clinical care of women with FGM. The study identified 4 areas which need further evidence, obstetrics outcome and post-partum care, defibulation outside of pregnancy, clitoral reconstruction and the confidence of healthcare professionals.

Annual Armed Forces Covenant report published (MoD)

The Ministry of Defence has outlined the achievements of the £100 million awarded through the Armed Forces Covenant in 2014. In particular, the completion of the £138 million Midlands Medical Accommodation project provides training and the delivery of defence medical services. The report recommends that research is commissioned into alcohol usage by veterans and that the MOD makes veterans medical records available to GPs.  

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