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Data Sharing in the NHS

Data Sharing in the NHS   Patient data in the NHS is only ever shared for two reasons: to provide patients with the best possible care, and the planning and research needed to design health care services that suit patients.   Patient data is only ever shared within the NHS or with legitimate third parties who … Continued

Enhanced Health in Care Homes (EHCH)

Enhanced Health in Care Homes (EHCH) The NHS Plan promises to ‘upgrade NHS support to all care home residents who would benefit by 2023/24, with the EHCH model rolled out across the whole country.’ Older people living in care homes have not always been able to expect equal access to NHS services, despite the fact … Continued

Social Prescribing

What is Social Prescribing It is thought that up to one in five GP appointments is about a wider issue than just health. While GPs are of course experts in assessing and treating a huge range of medical issues, they are not always best placed to know where people can find support for non-clinical matters. … Continued

Clinical Pharmacists in GP Practices

Clinical Pharmacists in GP Practices We are all familiar with our local community pharmacist – the medication expert who checks and approves our prescriptions when we collect them from a shop. But what is a Clinical Pharmacist, and when might you come across one in your GP practice?   Clinical Pharmacists Like their community counterparts, … Continued

Community Pharmacist Consultation Service (CPCS)

Community Pharmacist Consultation Service (CPCS) The Community Pharmacist Consultation Service (CPCS) integrates Community Pharmacists into primary care. This means for patients that same-day appointments with Community Pharmacists are available for a range of minor ailments or urgent supplies of regular medication. The service gives patients quicker access to Pharmacists and their expert knowledge and alleviates … Continued

Fast-Track Suspected Cancer Referrals

Fast-Track Suspected Cancer Referrals A fast-track referral means you will be offered an appointment within 28 days of your GP’s referral. Why am I being urgently referred? Your GP feels that you have symptoms that require investigation by a hospital specialist as soon as possible. This is so that your illness can be diagnosed and … Continued

Prescriptions Charges and Exemptions

Prescriptions Charges and Exemptions Extensive exemption and remission arrangements protect those likely to have difficulty in paying charges (NHS prescription and dental charges, optical and hospital travel costs). The NHS prescription charge is a flat-rate amount which successive Governments have thought it reasonable to charge for those who can afford to pay for their medicines. … Continued