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GP-led musculoskeletal scheme cuts waits and boosts outcomes

A GP-led musculoskeletal service has improved waiting times and outcomes and the model it uses should be widely adopted by GP commissioners, clinicians have said.

The Pennine MSK Partnership in Oldham, Greater Manchester, led by GPs and GPSIs, has halved the time to first appointment and improved symptom scores and treatment access.

Outcomes data were unveiled at the Rheumatology 2012 conference in Glasgow last week by rheumatology specialist nurse Jill Firth PhD, a member of the partnership.

TPP SystmOne Summary Care Record (SCR) Viewer achieves full CfH approval

The new Summary Care Record (SCR) viewer functionality in SystmOne has been given official roll out approval by Connecting for Health (CfH).

The SCR viewer allows SystmOne users in any care setting (excluding Child Health and Prison organisations) to view vital information about a patient, including medication, allergies and sensitivities irrespective of what clinical system the patient’s GP is using (providing the patient
has consented to an SCR being viewed.)

CCGs forced to use private company SBS part-owned by Department of Health

GP commissioners will have to accept NHS Shared Business Services as their provider of financial services, after the NHS Commissioning Board made it a condition of authorisation.

The move comes after the board signed a £15.8m deal with NHS SBS last month – a joint venture between the Department of Health and private firm Steria - for all CCGs in England to use the service. 

Do private deals with Virgin and Serco signal end of NHS?

Days before the Health Bill – now the Health Act – completed its passage through parliament, giant outsourcing firm Serco secured its status as preferred bidder for a £140m deal to run community services in Suffolk.

On 30 March, three days after the Bill gained royal assent, Virgin Care went one better and signed a contract worth £500m to take over the entire provider arm of NHS Surrey.

Serco selected as preferred bidder to deliver community health services for NHS Suffolk

Serco Group plc (Serco), the international service company, announces today that it has been selected as preferred bidder for a new contract to provide community health services for NHS Suffolk. The contract, which is expected to be signed in the coming months and is due to start in Autumn 2012, has a total estimated value of £140m to Serco over three years.

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CCGs warned to expect media scrutiny over personal budgets

GP commissioners will have to justify the more ‘unusual' use of personal budgets when they are rolled out nationwide in 2014 as media interest is likely to intensify in expenditure on the scheme, says a senior official at the Department of Health.

Health secretary Andrew Lansley has announced personal health budgets will be rolled out to everyone receiving NHS continuity of care by April 2014, but experts have warned expenditure on non-NHS treatments would prove controversial.

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