Published: 01/04/2004, Volume II4, No. 5899 Page 8

The Department of Health has published consultation on which topics it should refer to the National Institute for Clinical Excellence for its 10thwave work programme.Suggestions include the clinical and cost-effectiveness of prostate cancer drug Docetaxel.

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The National Clinical Assessment Authority has launched an internet-based toolkit to help NHS managers deal with performance concerns about doctors at local level. It will offer advice to managers responsible for investigating, disciplining and supporting clinicians.

www. ncaa. nhs. uk/toolkit

The Sainsbury Centre for Mental Health and the National Institute for Mental Health in England have outlined how effective crisis resolution and assertive outreach teams are, and how they could be better supported, in their report Transforming Mental Health Care .

www. scmh. org. uk

See clinical management, pages 26-27.

The mental health needs of black and ethnic minority people should be targeted when funding is considered, mental health charity Mentality said this week. Its report, Making It Diverse, calls for a more strategic approach.

www. mentality. org. uk

Thrombolysis response times for heart patients have improved enormously, according to a Department of Health report on the national service framework for coronary heart disease, published four years ago.Almost half of patients now receive treatment within an hour compared with less than a quarter before the NSF.

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