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Department of Health (DH) -
The legislation that governs the NMC is currently restricting its ability to effectively carry out some of its duties. Proposed changes to the Nursing and Midwifery Order 2001 will improve handing of fitness to practice cases; allow registrants who are not fit to practice to be removed from the register; and change who sits on registration appeal panels. This consultation closes on 12th June 2014.
Health Education England (HEE) -
This guidance highlights the importance of planning the workforce based on current and future patient need and outlines the high level process for developing plans later this year.
National Institute for Care and Excellence (NICE) -
This quality standard contains six statements designed to reduce infection rates, including a statement recommending that patients should be looked after by healthcare workers who always clean their hands thoroughly, both immediately before and immediately after contact or care. It also aims to tackle the growing threat of antibiotic resistance by recommending that antibiotics be prescribed only in accordance with local antibiotic formularies - as part of a system to stem resistance of infections to antibiotics.
Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee (PSNC) -
These briefings aim to help local pharmaceutical committees and community pharmacists keep up to date with developments in the healthcare landscape. Two of the briefings cover NHS England’s business plan and its plans for the development of general practice, following the GP Call to Action process undertaken in late 2013. The third briefing provides an update on the changes to the GP contract that were introduced in April 2014.