A new efficiency tool, iCaps Comparisons, has been launched to provide clinicial commissioners with information on the quality and cost of services directly to GP desktops so they can be used at the point of referral. The company says this will enable GPs to maximise quality and choice for patients, while ensuring value for money. The tool can also be used by commissioners to benchmark the quality and cost of care across providers.19 March 2013
Specialist urology nurses at Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust have set up nurse-led telephone follow up appointments for patients with lower urinary tract symptoms that have reduced hospital visits by 200 a year. Patients reportedly prefer the new service because it is more convenient than visiting the hospital.
10 January 2013