In March, NHS England announced a review after local health bosses identified £400m of spending they believe has little or no clinical value. Travel vaccines were one of the ten 'low value' medicines mentioned on the list - see here to view a BBC news report. This spurred me to write a personal reflection on the topic for the Practice Nurse Update in April. Also included is the Editorial which covers the subject written by Mandy Galloway. As the General Election was subsequently called we are now in a period of purdah and no further government information will be released until after June 8th, but please read my article (click on the image below) and ensure for now you are still seeing travellers in a GP setting - you will be receiving funding for this at the present time.
Sunday, 30 April 2017
The National Travel Health Network and Centre have some excellent well referenced fact sheets that are either new or updated, posted on their website TravelHealthPro on a regular basis.
These are also then put into their TravelHealthPro EBook. Have you tried using this? It works well on tablets for example and you can subscribe to updates to the E book as well and updates to the website in general.
So the new factsheets on the website in April were as follows
- INSECT AND TICK BITE AVOIDANCE (updated 4th April)
- TRAVELLING WITH MEDICINES (updated 5th April)
- SNAKE BITES AND AVOIDANCE (newly published 13th April)
- OLDER TRAVELLERS (newly published 19th April)