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17 December 2014  Rebecca Bellars
Latest NICE Medtech Innovation Briefings Available
By Rebecca Bellars @ 12:17 :: 27 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 :: 24 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 :: 130 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 :: 75 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 :: 182 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 :: 123 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 :: 95 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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03 November 2014  Rebecca Bellars
DfID: New British Ebola labs to help stop spread of virus
By Rebecca Bellars @ 16:50 :: 225 Views

Three new British Ebola laboratories will speed up diagnosis times across Ebola-struck Sierra Leone

Britain is building and staffing three new laboratories in Ebola-struck Sierra Leone which will speed up the time taken to diagnose the disease and help to stop its spread across the country

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03 November 2014  Rebecca Bellars
Professor Sir Michael Rawlins appointed Chair of Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency
By Rebecca Bellars @ 16:41 :: 122 Views

The Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency today announced the appointment of Professor Sir Michael Rawlins as its new Chair.  He will take up post formally from 1 December 2014 and his appointment will be for three years.

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24 October 2014  Rebecca Bellars
NHS Leaders set out vision for healthcare in England
By Rebecca Bellars @ 10:04 :: 123 Views

Simon Stevens, CEO of NHS England has published a Five Year Forward View (5YFV). 

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