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  • Next steps for Healthy Start: Adding frozen fruit and vegetables and minimising voucher misuse

    Healthy Start vouchers were introduced across the UK in November 2006 to replace Welfare Food Scheme milk and infant tokens. They are available to pregnant women and families with children under 4 years old receiving one of a range of benefits or tax credits, and to all pregnant women under 18... More
    Opened 7 years ago
  • Liberating the NHS: Greater choice and control

    1. The White Paper, Equity and Excellence: Liberating the NHS, sets out the Government’s vision of an NHS that puts patients and the public first - where patients, service users, carers and families have far more influence and choice in the system, and the NHS is more responsive to their... More
    Opened 7 years ago
  • Liberating the NHS: An Information Revolution

    1. Our vision is of an information revolution in which people have the information they need to stay healthy, to take decisions about and exercise more control of their care, and to make the right choices for themselves and their families. This includes an accurate record of their care,... More
    Opened 7 years ago
  • Healthy Lives, Healthy People Consultation

    This is a new era for public health, with a higher priority and dedicated resources. This White Paper outlines our commitment to protecting the population from serious health threats; helping people live longer, healthier and more fulfilling lives; and improving the health of the poorest,... More
    Opened 7 years ago
  • Healthy Lives, Healthy People: Transparency in Outcomes

    1.Society, government and individuals share the collective responsibility to improve and protect the health of the population. In our White Paper Healthy Lives, Healthy People, we set our overarching ambition for public health for the future. A core element of this will be the establishment of... More
    Opened 7 years ago
  • Liberating the NHS: Developing the Healthcare Workforce

    The vision set out in the white paper Equity and excellence: Liberating the NHS can only be achieved if healthcare providers employ staff with the skill mix appropriate to deliver a high quality service to patients in every circumstance. That blend of skills will change repeatedly to satisfy... More
    Opened 7 years ago
  • Healthy Lives, Healthy People: Consultation on the funding and commissioning routes for public health

    The White Paper Healthy Lives, Healthy People , described a new era for public health, with a higher priority and dedicated resources. There will be ring-fenced public health funding from within the overall NHS budget. Local authorities will have a new role in improving the health and... More
    Opened 7 years ago
  • UK Influenza Pandemic Preparedness Strategy

    Pandemic influenza is one of the most severe natural challenges likely to affect the UK, but sensible and proportionate preparation and collective action by the Government; essential services; businesses; the media; other public, private and voluntary organisations; and communities; can help... More
    Opened 7 years ago
  • A Review of the Procurement of Seasonal Flu Vaccine

    Assessment of the existing system of local procurement of seasonal flu vaccine suggests that it may not provide the most effective or efficient approach. It may be possible to achieve savings through a more centralised purchasing scheme, so that resources can be reinvested elsewhere. The... More
    Opened 7 years ago
  • Consultation on proposed changes to regulations for Care Quality Commission registration

    This consultation seeks views on a number of proposed changes to the legislation that underpins the regulation of health and adult social care providers by the Care Quality Commission. The consultation document and impact assessment can be found on the Department of Health website . ... More
    Opened 7 years ago
  • Consultation on preventing suicide in England

    Suicide is a major issue for society. The number of people who take their own lives in England has been reducing in recent years. But 4,400 people took their own life in 2009 – that is one death by suicide every two hours. There is no single approach to suicide prevention. It needs a... More
    Opened 6 years ago
  • Proposals to introduce independent prescribing by physiotherapists

    This consultation concerns proposals for physiotherapists to become independent prescribers of medicines. It also proposes that physiotherapist independent prescribers are allowed to mix licensed medicines prior to administration and direct others to mix, and to be able to prescribe... More
    Opened 6 years ago
  • Proposals to introduce independent prescribing by podiatrists

    This consultation concerns proposals for podiatrists to become independent prescribers of medicines. It also proposes that podiatrist independent prescribers are allowed to mix licensed medicines prior to administration and direct others to mix, and to be able to prescribe independently from... More
    Opened 6 years ago
  • Rare Diseases Consultation

    On 11th November 2008, the European Commission published a Communication and Proposal for a European Council Recommendation on Rare Diseases. The Recommendation, which aims to introduce measures at European level to combat rare diseases, was accepted in 2009. This consultation document and... More
    Opened 6 years ago
  • Public Health Workforce Strategy

    The consultation document signals the importance of building on the best but also the need to change and develop the workforce that contribute to public health. It highlights national relationships that will support the training, leadership, development and tracking of the public health... More
    Opened 6 years ago
  • Standardised packaging of tobacco products

    We seek feedback on whether there might be public health benefits from the introduction of standardised tobacco packaging in addition to policies currently in place, including legislation ending the permanent display of tobacco products by retailers. We also wish to understand what other effects... More
    Opened 6 years ago
  • Front of Pack Nutrition Labelling

    The Governments across the UK are committed to the provision of nutritional information to help consumers make better informed food choices - and so to help them improve their health, guard against risks such as obesity and conditions such as high blood pressure, heart disease, and... More
    Opened 6 years ago
  • Choice; Further proposals

    The White Paper, Liberating the NHS: Equity and excellence, set out the Government’s ambition to achieve healthcare outcomes that are among the best in the world by involving patients fully in their own care, with decisions made in partnership with clinicians, rather than by clinicians... More
    Opened 6 years ago
  • Nursery Milk Scheme Survey for Childcare Settings

    This survey asks some questions about your organisation and the milk you provide to children as part of the Nursery Milk Scheme. In answering the questions, include only the milk paid for under the Nursery Milk Scheme and not any other milk you might purchase for staff use or for the... More
    Opened 6 years ago
  • Next steps for Nursery Milk

    The Nursery Milk Scheme has been running since the 1940s. The scheme currently funds free milk for around 1.5 million children under five years old in 55,000 childcare settings throughout Great Britain. The Government is committed to retaining the Nursery Milk Scheme. In recent years,... More
    Opened 6 years ago
  • A consultation on the draft mandate to the NHS Commissioning Board

    The new NHS Commissioning Board will oversee the way that over £80 billion of taxpayers’ money is spent to secure NHS services for the people of England. The mandate is one of the most important ways for the Government to set objectives for the Board, but it is just one part of a... More
    Opened 6 years ago
  • Local Authority Health Scrutiny

    The reforms set out in Equity and excellence: liberating the NHS are underpinned by a clear commitment to increasing accountability and local democratic legitimacy in health. Strengthening health scrutiny is one element of this. The regulations currently in force have, on the whole,... More
    Opened 6 years ago
  • Joint Strategic Needs Assessments and Joint Health and Wellbeing Strategies – draft guidance

    Joint Strategic Needs Assessments (JSNAs) and Joint Health and Wellbeing Strategies (JHWSs) are about the NHS, local government and communities working together to improve health and wellbeing outcomes and reduce inequalities. The purpose of statutory guidance in relation to this is to: ... More
    Opened 5 years ago
  • Securing best value for NHS patients - Requirements for commissioners to adhere to good procurement practice and protect patient choice

    The Department is consulting on our proposals for the regulations for commissioners to be made under Section 75 of the Health and Social Care Act 2012. The purpose of the regulations is to protect patients’ interests by ensuring that best value is always delivered by commissioners. The... More
    Opened 5 years ago
  • Protecting and promoting patients’ interests – licensing providers of NHS services

    The Department of Health has launched a public consultation on the proposed regulations on Licensing of health providers and invites you to respond. The Licensing consultation is about: who will need to hold a licence from a Monitor; the circumstances in which providers who are... More
    Opened 5 years ago
  • Healthy Lives, Healthy People:Consultation on the arrangements for consideration of proposals on the fluoridation of drinking water

    Consultation on the arrangements for consideration of proposals on the fluoridation of drinking water The Department is consulting on the process local authorities will use to conduct consultations on fluoridation of drinking water. We are not consulting on the benefits or disadvantages... More
    Opened 5 years ago
  • Fair and transparent pricing for NHS services - A consultation on proposals for objecting to proposed pricing methodologies

    This consultation discusses the new arrangements for the National Tariff (covering the prices to be paid for NHS services) provided for in the Health and Social Care Act 2012. It includes consultation questions relating to the circumstances in which objections from providers and/or commissioners... More
    Opened 5 years ago
  • Performers Lists Regulations 2013

    The performers list system is a framework set out in the National Health Service (Performers Lists) Regulations 2004. Medical, dental and ophthalmic practitioners may not perform NHS primary care services in England unless they are included on a performers list held by a Primary Care Trust (PCT).... More
    Opened 5 years ago
  • Protecting patients’ interests - ensuring continuity of NHS services - A consultation on proposals for a health special administration

    1. This document seeks comments on draft regulations which set out details of the ‘health special administration’ (HSA) procedure designed to secure the continuity of NHS services provided by companies, including social enterprises, to protect the interests of patients. 2. NHS services... More
    Opened 5 years ago
  • A consultation on strengthening the NHS Constitution

    Views sought on strengthening NHS Constitution Proposals to strengthen the NHS Constitution are set out for public consultation today, with the NHS, patients and public all being asked to respond. The main changes proposed cover: a new responsibility for staff to treat patients... More
    Opened 5 years ago
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