Archived News: March - April 2010

NMC/Regulatory Update: Changes to standards for prescribing of unlicensed medicine ; NMC response to CHRE Fitness to Practice Report ; NMC signs up to share information about fitness to practise investigations ; professional accountability in telephone triage work ;

HPC Update: HPC in Focus

Live in Wales? Electronic referrals get the thumbs up from pilot practices - read more on your own eNWI page

Live in Scotland? Scots MPs criticise slow progress on IT ; See more Scottish news on your own Scotland Page

Live in Northern Ireland?Health visitors and school nurses at the heart of public health See this and more news on your own Northern Ireland page

Live in England? Lower borrowing, more savings in Budget and ‘Rescue plan’ to fix NPfIT published whilst Nursing review calls for technology use - read more news below or look on your own area page

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Publications of interest this month: Fixing NHS IT; A plan of Action for a New Government ; Information Governance Training Tool ; Clinical portal and telehealth development in NHS Scotland ; Prime Minister’s Commission on the Future of Nursing and Midwifery in England; The Report ; Welsh Strategy for GP Clinical Systems ; Healthy Weight, Healthy Lives: a research and surveillance plan for England - update on progress ; New national survey on health and wellbeing of NHS staff

Conferences: Primary Health Care SG Summer Conference, 25/26th May Warwickshire; 'Health and Efficiency – Improving Services in an ‘Era of Austerity’

web sites Care Information Scotland

e-records this month:

Information Governance: Information Governance Training Tool ; Two-fifths of PCTs begin SCR campaigns ; SCR suffers from variable GP data ; Letter errors fuel SCR roll-out row ; Records rules 'bent' in Nottingham ;

International: EU ministers sign eHealth declaration ; 'Stop knocking progress' on EMRs ; EC wants one market for interoperability ;

Personal Health records: NHS Direct developing online assessments ; UPMC develops two-way record ; Microsoft unveils CDM project ; Boomers lead on personal health records ;

Wales: New patient index supports patient safety

England: Cancer trust extends IMS MAXIMS deal ; GPs join attack on SCR roll-out ; BMA says 'suspend SCR roll-out'; Waltham Forest links RiO and C&B ;

Scotland: Clinical portal and telehealth development in NHS Scotland

'Metrics, Quality, Measurement and Monitoring' etc this month: Keogh to lead work on new stats for NHS ; NHS target for A&E treatment 'risks patient safety' ;

Work in telephone consultation/telehealth? NMC article: professional accountability in telephone triage work ; NHS Direct plans to make £20m savings ; NHS 24 extends Clinical Solutions deal ; UHB predicts patients who will DNA ; Portsmouth signs deal for Patientxt ; Care Information Scotland

Work in primary/Urgent care? Proposals to introduce prescribing responsibilities for paramedics

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