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Universal Credit – check to see if you’re entitled to free NHS healthcare

People claiming Universal Credit are being encouraged to check if they’re exempt from paying certain NHS charges.

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Newcastle NHS organisation named top diversity and inclusion employer in UK healthcare

Newcastle-based NHS Business Services Authority (NHSBSA) has been named best overall out of 136 organisations that took part in the Employers network for equality and inclusion (enei) benchmarking. It is also one of 12 organisations to achieve the gold award.

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NHS releases latest stats on mental health medicines

NHS Business Services Authority (NHSBSA) has released its latest data via the Medicines Used in Mental Health report, covering April to June 2021.

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NHS Business Services Authority named top diversity and inclusion employer in UK healthcare

NHS Business Services Authority (NHSBSA) has been named number one out of 136 organisations that took part in the enei (employers network for equality and inclusion) TIDE benchmarking. It is also one of 12 organisations to achieve the gold award.

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Signature suspension lifted as updated patient exemption checking guidance released for pharmacy teams

From 1 September 2021, any time a patient makes a declaration that they are entitled to free or reduced cost NHS prescriptions, the pharmacy must ask them to sign the prescription token or FP10 form and to produce evidence.   

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Signature suspension lifted as updated patient exemption checking guidance released for ophthalmic teams

From 1 September2021, any time a patient makes a declaration that they are entitled to free or reduced cost NHS ophthalmic services, the ophthalmic team must ask them to complete and sign a GOS declaration form and to produce evidence.   

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Signature suspension lifted as updated patient exemption checking guidance released for dental teams

From 1 September 2021, any time a patient makes a declaration that they are entitled to free or reduced cost NHS dental treatment, the dental practice must ask them to complete and sign a declaration form (FP17PR) before any treatment begins, and to produce evidence. 

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Final call to submit your annual GOS complaints return

General Ophthalmic Service (GOS) contractors operating in England must submit their annual GOS complaints return before 11:59pm next Friday, 3 September 2021.

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NHS report shows diabetes drugs prescribed increased by 8 million since 2015/16

NHS Business Services Authority (NHSBSA) has just released its statistical report ‘Prescribing for diabetes England 2015/2016 to 2020/2021’.

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Number of midwives registered to issue digital maternity exemption certificates reaches new milestone

11,000 healthcare professionals have now signed up to be able to send digital certificates.

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Hints and Tips Issue 44 (July 2021 edition) out now

Issue 44 of NHS Prescription Services Hints & Tips for dispensing contractors is now available to read on the NHS Business Services Authority's (NHSBSA's) website.

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NHSBSA launches this year's annual GOS complaints survey

The NHS Business Services Authority (NHSBSA) has launched the annual GOS complaints survey for ophthalmic contractors in England.