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.


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


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.

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!


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.


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

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