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RCGP: More than 700 UK practices could close in the next five years

Friday 28th September 2018

As many as 762 practices across the UK could be forced to close over the next five years as their GPs are approaching retirement, the RCGP has said.
 
Three-quarters of the practices’ GPs are aged over 55 and will soon retire, according to a new RCGP analysis published today.
 
Around 625 practices in England, 71 in Scotland, 37 in Wales and 29 in Northern Ireland will be affected, according to the RCGP analysis, which is based on NHS Digital data....

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With new NHS IT initiatives and the increase of paperless surgeries, computers are more essential than ever to today’s practices. So it’s vital that IT staff are on hand to remedy any computer problems that may arise. But as Simon Wright illustrates, efforts should be made to ensure data security is not compromised by the accessibility of computer records
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The advent of digital technology has meant that typing up dictated referral letters from GPs no longer need involve searching for lost cassettes and grappling with tape. Dr Peter Crouch assesses the value of dictation devices for practice managers who may be considering adopting a digital transcription system for their surgery
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A new breed of healthcare professional, called a medical care practitioner, is likely to feature in the multidisciplinary general practice of the future. This Management in Practice report looks at this new role, currently being developed in the UK, which is modelled on the North American physician assistant, who is trained to diagnose, manage and treat illnesses under the supervision of a doctor
Thu, 1 Jun 2006
With the raised profile of primary care providers in the modernisation plan for the NHS, the role that general practice plays is more significant than ever. It will be expected to take an active part in commissioning services across the board for the population it serves. That means producing meaningful strategic plans. It is also undergoing detailed performance monitoring by PCTs, measuring services, and clinical and organisational effectiveness. Strategic planning influences all of these things – in particular, a practice’s ability to assess and manage risk
Thu, 1 Jun 2006
When looking to appoint a new practice manager, some GP partners’ rather unrealistic expectations might be unnerving for candidates. However, certain managerial qualities can help bring harmony to a practice with its own longstanding customs. Judith Harvey, herself a practice partner for several years, reveals the ideal strengths and abilities that are much sought after by GPs
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Agenda for Change (AfC) and the Knowledge and Skills Framework (KSF) are set to shake up the NHS significantly. Although implementation of AfC in primary care is on a voluntary basis only, its adoption – and that of the KSF – can provide key benefits to practices, argues Paul Edwards, by establishing clearly defined sets of responsibilities and means of improving skills
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