NHS England and its communications panel were recently charged for an “unequaled power grab” after commanding strict novel rules around the publishing of national clinical audit reports. According to few senior clinicians, NHS England has hindered in an autonomous process with latest rules that let its communications team sign off reports and even “order” clinical audit authors on the number of recommendations they can make and the length of their reports. Generally, the clinical audits are considered as a key method to widen good practice as well as to show variations or shortcomings in health care.
Clinicians working for confidential inquiries and few national audits proclaimed that they were worried about the effect the latest rules would have. The other sides of the rules include NHS England focusing to “clear all reports no later than 3 Months from submission,” while providing organizations just 1 week’s notice of a publication date selected by NHS England.
On a similar note, NHS England recently announced that it has restructured the entrance criteria for its “clinical pharmacist plan.” The agency asserted that this move would promote smaller practices to begin recruiting the clinical pharmacists. Reportedly, until now, over 1,100 clinical pharmacists have been successfully recruited across over 3,300 GP practices as a part of NHS England’s initiative. Reportedly, recruiting about 2,000 clinical pharmacists by 2020–2021, which equals the ratio of one per 30,000 patients, is the motive of NHS England.
Last week, NHS England announced that it has changed the population criteria. Now, this ratio will be one GP pharmacist: 15,000 patients. For the first time, this will let the minor practices or groups of practices, to employ a pharmacist under this plan. GP pharmacists are also allowed to work on a part-time basis. Earlier, employees in this plan had to complete a minimum of 0.8 whole time equivalent hour, which means they had to work for 30 Hours in a standard 37.5 Hour working week.