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This annual report, which is in its second year, shows improvements continue to be made to support doctors applying for entry to the specialist and GP register. It includes a discussion of next steps to improve on this, including the establishment of an Equivalence Advisory Group to help implement the remaining recommendations following the consultation in 2012. These covered amending legislation to allow CEGPR applicants to spend time working in GP practices in the UK and looking at ways an applicant’s knowledge can be tested in their relevant speciality.
London School of Economics (LSE) Centre for Economic Performance:
The final report in the Centre for Economic Performance (CEP) series of background briefings on key policy issues in the May 2015 UK general election calls on the three main political parties to commit themselves to raising dramatically the coverage of Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT), the service that provides psychological therapies for depression and anxiety disorders.
How can dermatology services meet current and future patient needs while ensuring that quality of care is not compromised and that access is equitable across the UK?
British Association of Dermatologists (BAD):
This independent report by the King’s Fund, commissioned by the British Association of Dermatologists, reveals a number of worrying challenges facing dermatology services and identifies opportunities for improvement, which may also be applied to other health specialties. It examines a range of issues, including workforce (staffing), training, use of temporary or locum staff, technology and the role of pharmacy, making a number of observations and recommendations.