Learn the lingo series: "NHS Mandate"

Written by Ali Chakera on Sunday, 30 September 2012 17:31.

‘The Mandate’ is a document setting out the Government’s overall objectives for the NHS. It highlights those areas of health and care in which the Government expects to see improvements. The first Mandate was published in November 2012 and details a broad set of objectives which the NHS need to deliver on between 2013 and 2015 in order to help improve the quality of care.


Healthwatch England

Written by Jyothis George on Saturday, 06 October 2012 13:33.

Healthwatch England, the new national independent consumer champion for health and social care in England, has been officially launched.


Learn the lingo series: "NHS England"

Written by Ali Chakera on Sunday, 30 September 2012 17:31.

NHS England (formerly known as the NHS Commissioning Board) is an independent national organisation responsible for the day-to-day running of the NHS. As the body tasked with ensuring the NHS delivers better outcomes for patients, it also provides leadership for the new system and is
accountable for the delivery of improvements against the objectives set out in the NHS Mandate.


Free ABCD membership worth £75

Written by Muna Nwokolo on Friday, 16 December 2016 16:31.

The Association of British Clinical Diabetologists want you! ABCD


ABCD understand that trainees are the future of the speciality and are keen to have you on their team! Find out more about ABCD and what they do here.

ABCD provide specific SpR benefits

Meetings and travel grants of up to £1000 for attendance at international meetings

Opportunity to attend the ABCD-YDEF SpR Leadership Course for SpRs in their final year of training - only available to ABCD members

Discounted rates for trainees to attend ABCD meetings

Free annual SpR meetings

Print - A resource for patients with Type 1 diabetes!

Written by Amar Puttanna on Thursday, 22 September 2016 20:00.

A new website launched last week providing resources for people affected by type 1 diabetes. The website,, has been set up by a YDEF's own Sophie Harris, who is currently doing a PhD investigating barriers to uptake of structured education. The website is based on findings that people find it hard to know what to trust online and less than 10% of people have a peer that they can ask for advice.

The website brings many resources under one roof, where they are reviewed and rated to ensure they are safe and useful. With over 80 resources, and more added daily, it is a great place to sign-post your patients to to learn more about social media and the online support available. 

Access the website now and let your patients know!


Junior Doctor Contract: Industrial action Feb 10th

Written by Amar Puttanna on Thursday, 04 February 2016 21:45.

Industrial action planned for 10th February 2016.

As talks between NHS England, DoH and BMA via ACAS failed to progress, planned industrial action is to take place. 

However, instead of full walkout, the strike will be for 24hrs (8am Wednesday 10th Feb to 8am Thursday 11th) and be for non-emergency care only.

BMA guide to industrial action

Sir David Dalton's letter regarding junior doctor contract


Two Consultant Endocrinologists posts in Dudley

Written by AGHA on Tuesday, 12 December 2017 10:25.

Consultant Endocrinologist and Acute Medicine × 2; Russells Hall Hospital, Dudley Group of Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust


NHS job reference: Job Reference: 253-A-17-35537




We are looking for 2 enthusiastic future colleagues to join our endocrine firm of 5 consultants, to meet increasing outpatient demand and support development of new services. There is a 50% commitment to acute medicine where you will be also joining an expanding team of multi-disciplinary consultants. 

For more information, contact Dr Terence Pang, Medical Service Head Diabetes/Endocrinology; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Tel 01384 244511 

Click here for details




How will CCGs be funded?

Written by Jyothis George on Sunday, 30 September 2012 21:37.

The NHS Commissioning Board (NHSCB) has announced that it is working on a new formula for allocating Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) budgets. The ‘Fair Shares’ formula is designed to take into account information on each CCG’s population, down to the individual patient level, when assessing the overall needs of each CCG area. The NHSCB will make a decision on whether to use the formula to inform CCG budgets for 2013/14 in October and the final budget allocation for CCGs will be revealed in December.


Learn the lingo series: "Commissioning Outcomes Framework (COF)"

Written by Jyothis George on Saturday, 06 October 2012 20:06.

The Commissioning Outcomes Framework (COF) will assess the quality of the services commissioned by Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs). It will become operational from April 2013, when CCGs take on full responsibility for commissioning.


Learn the lingo series: "QIPP: Quality, Innovation, Productivity and Prevention"

Written by Jyothis George on Saturday, 06 October 2012 14:08.

Quality, Innovation, Productivity and Prevention, or QIPP programme was created to enable the NHS to achieve 'efficiency savings' which could be reinvested in the NHS..


Learn the lingo series: "Value Based Pricing"

Written by Jyothis George on Saturday, 06 October 2012 13:51.

The current branded medicines pricing scheme, the PPRS, is a voluntary scheme agreed between the Department of Health and the ABPI (representing the branded pharmaceutical industry).From the end of 2014, new arrangements are being proposed. This will incorporate a broader assessment of the value of a medicine, known as value based pricing, for new medicines (new active substances).

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