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Expanded employment of in-surgery pharmacists
NHS England plans to introduce new, surgery-based clinical pharmacists to over 700 more practices in order to help free up GP time.
Medical training to become more flexible in major overhaul
A MAJOR overhaul of medical training will aim to make it more flexible and less “fixated with time and tick boxes”, the General Medical Council has announced.
Dental phobia linked to poor oral health
PEOPLE with dental phobia are more likely to have decayed or missing teeth, according to a new study.
...Dr J undertakes an examination and finds a "2 cm non-tender subcut lump under right axilla". She prescribes antibiotics and asks the patient to return for review...
Can reflective practice be “incriminating”?
Reflective practice is a common tool for maintaining good practice – but many healthcare professionals have raised concerns that taking part in these formal procedures might "incriminate" them should a complaint or claim arise.
RCGP warns against blanket policy on “low value” prescribing
AN NHS England review will consider introducing new national guidelines to reduce the prescribing of low value medicines which are "ineffective, unnecessary, inappropriate for prescription on the NHS".
New assessment tool for bowel cancer risk in younger patients
A RISK assessment tool to support GPs in identifying serious bowel conditions, including cancer, in patients under age 50 has been published in the British Journal of General Practice.
Employment protection for NHS whistleblowers
WHISTLEBLOWERS re-applying for jobs in the NHS will be protected from discrimination under new measures announced by the Department of Health.
Oral health toolkit now updated
AN updated version of the Delivering Better Oral Health toolkit from Public Health England (PHE) now includes new patient factsheets and guidance on alcohol and nutrition.
New complaints procedure in Scotland
A NEW complaint handling procedure for the NHS in Scotland comes into effect from 1 April 2017.