28 July 2013

QOF Business Rules v26

Version 26 of the QOF business rules have now been published on the PCC website

Shingles vaccine FAQs and supporting information

NHS England, Public Health England and the Department of Health have published a letter and FAQs explaining the introduction of a vaccine programme for people aged 70 years (routine cohort) and 79 years (catch-up cohort) to protect against shingles, available on the DH website. Links to these documents will also be available on the vaccines and immunisation pages on the BMA website.

Remote Care Monitoring (Preparation) Scheme Year End Reporting Template

NHS Employers have now published the final template for practices to use when reporting progress on the remote care monitoring directed enhanced service. GPC was consulted about this template, but did not agree it. They remain convinced that the scheme is simply too bureaucratic and continue to believe practices will consider this may not be worth doing.

The
template is published in excel and word format to allow practices flexibility.

Out-of-hours Care

Following the recent media coverage and a major debate at LMC Conference, the GPC has published a position paper on developing out-of-hours care. This paper provides a recent history of out-of-hours care in England and sets out the GPC’s proposals for developing out-of-hours care to meet the challenges facing the NHS’s urgent care system. It is intended to provoke policy changes in the way out-of-hours care is commissioned, delivered and supported.

See here for paper

Multi-compartment Compliance Aids (MCA) (also known as Monitored Dosage Systems)

Please see the joint letter from the BMA and PSNC regarding this thorny issue. The LMC will be discussing the matter with the LPC at our next meeting.

Any views from practices would be most welcome - contact us here