Confidentiality: good practice in handling patient information

General Medical Council, January 2017

Following consultation, this guidance on confidentiality for doctors has been revised and updated. While the principles of the current guidance remain unchanged, it now clarifies various issues including the public protection responsibilities of doctors and the importance of sharing information for direct care. It also includes a decision-making flowchart and explanatory notes to show how the new guidance applies to situations doctors may encounter and find hard to deal with, such as reporting gunshot and knife wounds or disclosing information about serious communicable diseases.

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Cohort profile: the Scottish Research register SHARE. A register of people interested in research participation linked to NHS data sets

BMJ Open, Volume 7, Issue 2, 2017

Recruitment to trials is often difficult. Many trials fail to meet recruitment targets resulting in underpowered studies which waste resources and the time of those who participated. While there is evidence that many people are willing to take part in research, particularly if it involves a condition from which they suffer, researchers are unable to easily contact such people often relying on busy clinicians to identify them. Many clinicians perceive themselves as too busy to take part in research activities. The Scottish Health Research Register SHARE adopts an approach which asks the public to consent to their data held in National Health Service databases to be used to determine their suitability for research projects. Additionally, participants can consent for spare blood, left after routine venepuncture to be automatically identified in the laboratory and stored for future research studies.

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Pioneering venture launched to help solve ‘capital finance conundrum’

NHS Confederation, February 2017

A pioneering new initiative is set to radically transform NHS organisations’ ability to tap into local economic opportunities.

The Local Growth Academy, an exciting cross-sectoral venture, has been launched to help NHS organisations understand how to access the new and emerging finance mechanisms determining local infrastructure planning…

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Developing an outcomes-based payment approach for Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) services: detailed guidance

NHS Confederation, January 2017

NHS Improvement and NHS England have published detailed guidance on the new outcomes based payment approach for IAPT services. This follows NHS Improvement’s publication of the 2017/19 National Tariff Payment System (2017/19 NTPS). Within this, rule 8 mandates the use of an outcomes-based payment model for IAPT services from 1 April 2018. The IAPT outcomes-based payment approach intends to balance the need to pay for activity, taking into account case complexity and severity as a driver of cost, with the need to incentivise good outcomes.

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