Bulletin 30.10.2012

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Bulletin 30.10.2012

Oral Typhoid Vaccine
Following reports of the injected single typhoid vaccine being unavailable, GPC were asked whether the oral single typhoid vaccine could be given instead and whether the vaccine cost could be reimbursed on an FP34 when it is in fact a self-administered tablet. The NHS prescription Services has confirmed that the situation with the oral typhoid vaccine is somewhat unusual in terms of what is allowed. It is classed as personally administered and although it is not a vaccine in the conventional sense, it is listed as an Oral Vaccine and is a High Volume Vaccine on their system, and can therefore be claimed on the FP34 appendix. They will also accept it if practices were to print it on an FP10 and submit it with the end of month submissions. GPC have also had reports of shortages of the Oral Typhoid vaccine Typhim Vi, and in the September Vaccine update it is suggested that practices contact Crucell as they reportedly have stock of the Vivotif vaccine which can be used instead.

BMA 2013 Research Grants
The BMA was among the first of the professional bodies to award grants and prizes to encourage and further medical research. Today, around ten research grants are administered under the auspices of the Board of Science, all funded by legacies left to the BMA. Grants totalling approximately £500,000 are awarded annually. Applications are invited from medical practitioners and/or research scientists and are for either research in progress or prospective research this year – open from 11 December 2012. Further information on the grants and details of how to apply are available here – subject specifications for each grant vary so please check the information first (e.g. in 2013, research areas range from rheumatism and arthritis, cardiovascular disease and cancer to neurological disorders and terminal care). The application deadline is 15 March 2013 at 5pm. If you have any questions about the BMA research grants, or would like to receive alerts about them, please contact Chris Wood at info.sciencegrants@bma.org.uk or telephone 020 7383 6755.

GP Trainees Subcommittee Newsletter
This is the October edition of the GP Trainees Subcommittee newsletter.

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