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20 January 2015  BIVDA admin
Joint strategy to tackle Tuberculosis announced
By BIVDA admin @ 08:53 :: 34 Views

A new 5 year Tuberculosis strategy has been launched by both Public Health England and NHS England in collaboration. 

Together they have put forward a ten point action plan, with an £11.5 million investment as part of a collaborative initiative to decrease TB cases and ultimately eliminate TB as a public health problem in England.

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05 January 2015  Rebecca Bellars
New plans to tackle sepsis announced
By Rebecca Bellars @ 16:33 :: 67 Views

Following his initial announcement in December 2014, Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has today put forward a number of measures aiming to tackle sepsis.

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05 January 2015  Rebecca Bellars
Expansion of New Born Screening in England
By Rebecca Bellars @ 10:01 :: 66 Views

From 5th January 2015, newborn babies across England will be screened for an increased number of debilitating genetic diseases

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17 December 2014  Rebecca Bellars
Latest NICE Medtech Innovation Briefings Available
By Rebecca Bellars @ 12:17 :: 88 Views

NICE Medtech Innovation Briefings are a new product from NICE to support NHS and social care commissioners and staff who are considering using new medical devices and other medical technologies. The information provided includes a description of the medical technology, how it’s used and its potential role in the treatment pathway. 

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17 December 2014  Rebecca Bellars
Simple blood test for pneumonia can help limit use of antibiotics
By Rebecca Bellars @ 11:46 :: 85 Views

In the first ever guidance from NICE regarding pneumonia, it recommends using a C-reactive protein blood test to help GPs determine whether a person with a chest infection has pneumonia and should be treated with antibiotics, 


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08 December 2014  Rachel Myers
NHS e-Procurement Strategy
By Rachel Myers @ 14:13 :: 207 Views

As part of the NHS e-procurement strategy implementation,the Department of Health has now issued the v1.0 data attribute alignment spreadsheets for industry review and feedback. Please note that there are two separate attribute lists for review, item and price. All data attributes listed will need to be placed in a certified datapool. A presentation showing the anticipated timelines is also available here.

CLINICAL & MEDICINES - Item Attribute Alignment v1.0
CLINICAL & MEDICINES – Price Attribute Alignment v1.0

BIVDA will be collating feedback and responses, so please forward any comments to Barbara by 30th January 2015. 


02 December 2014  Rebecca Bellars
Jeremy Hunt on Five Year Forward View
By Rebecca Bellars @ 14:42 :: 135 Views

Health Secretary, Jeremy Hunt, made a statement in the House of Commons on Monday 1 December on delivering the NHS Five Year Forward View.

There are four pillars to the Government's response: a strong economy, new models of care, innovation and efficiency, and culture. Within his statement, the Health Minister outlined each of these in turn. 

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27 November 2014  Rachel Myers
Official beta launch of UK Life Sciences web portal
By Rachel Myers @ 17:53 :: 341 Views

A new UK Life Sciences web portal has been launched to provide a single access point to the UK Life Sciences landscape. It provides an online platform to allow UK and international companies, associations, academia and R&D organisations to connect.

The initiative is led by UKTI’s Life Sciences Organisation (LSO) and the Office for Life Sciences (OLS) – in collaboration with data partners, stakeholders and industry.

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10 November 2014  Rebecca Bellars
Changes to NHS Prescription Services for Part IX listings
By Rebecca Bellars @ 09:39 :: 178 Views

As agreed by the Department of Health and the Part IX Drug Tariff Forum, on 1 December 2014 NHS Prescription Services will be implementing a new application process for Part IX listings in the NHS England and Wales Drug Tariff. Please note that after 31 January 2015 the old DT1 form will be obsolete and any applications made using this form will not be processed.

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04 November 2014  Rebecca Bellars
Big changes to BIS Civil Service
By Rebecca Bellars @ 12:07 :: 158 Views

Sir John O’Reilly has announced his resignation as director-general for knowledge and innovation at the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

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