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May 9, 2017
Two practices in Norwich have come together to provide a housing and benefits advice service to patients aged over 60.

Two practices in Norwich have come together to provide a housing and benefits advice service to patients aged over 60.

The pilot scheme, introduced three years ago by Cotman Housing Association, is now being offered in practices for the first time at Lionwood Medical Practice and St Stephens Gate Medical Practice.

Trained advisors at the practices run clinics where older patients can ask questions, make an appointment or be referred to other services by their GP or nurse.

May 8, 2017
A group of sixteen practices in the southeast have banded together to form a federation to ease pressure on their resources.

A group of sixteen practices in the southeast have banded together to form a federation to ease pressure on their resources.

The GP federation for Windsor, Ascot and Maidenhead (F-WAM), will see a group of surgeries from across the borough to share their expertise.

The federation was officially formed on 26 April after a year’s worth of preparation. The group will now have 140,000 registered patients on their list.

May 5, 2017
The Dispensing Doctor Association (DDA) has launched its 2017 general election manifesto, asking for all parties to protect rural dispensing practices.

The Dispensing Doctor Association (DDA) has launched its 2017 general election manifesto, asking for all parties to protect rural dispensing practices.

The association is calling on election candidates in each of the devolved nations to:

April 28, 2017
The new deal for general practice has surpassed expectations, but will it be enough to make a tangible improvement to practice finances? Alice Harrold examines the 2017/18 GP contract to find out what practices can expect in the coming year.

The new deal for general practice has surpassed expectations, but will it be enough to make a tangible improvement to practice finances? Alice Harrold examines the 2017/18 GP contract to find out what practices can expect in the coming year

The GP contract for 2017/18 gives the first indications that the Government is waking up to the need to stabilise primary care. The consequences for the NHS of an underfunded general practice are finally getting recognition.

April 28, 2017
What will your job be like in a decade’s time? Victoria Vaughan asks the experts.

What will your job be like in a decade’s time? Victoria Vaughan asks the experts

If the past year has taught us anything, it is that predicting the future is a fool’s errand. Few people expected Brexit, to see Theresa May moving into Downing Street or Donald Trump waving from the White House.

But, closer to home, there are some clues to how the role of the practice manager is changing – and how it might look 10 years from now. 

April 6, 2017
The small business model of GP practices is ‘not fit for purpose and is inhibiting change’ according to a House of Lords Committee on NHS sustainability, suggesting that NHS England look into alternative models.

The small business model of GP practices is ‘not fit for purpose and is inhibiting change’ according to a House of Lords Committee on NHS sustainability, suggesting that NHS England look into alternative models.

The committee’s conclusions echoed evidence given by Dr Clare Gerada, former chair of the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP), who was one of a number of senior healthcare figures to give evidence.

March 16, 2017
The Royal College of Physicians (RCP) has released a report on called NHS reality check: Delivering care under pressure today (16 March) which highlights the burdens faced by the acute sector.

The Royal College of Physicians (RCP) has released a report on called NHS reality check: Delivering care under pressure today (16 March) which highlights the burdens faced by the acute sector.

The report concluded that primary care and community services would need to be improved in order to reduce the current pressure on hospitals.

‘Lack of capacity’

March 1, 2017
NHS chief executive Simon Stevens has announced upcoming changes to regional healthcare commissioning, during questioning from the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) in a select committee meeting on 27 February.

NHS chief executive Simon Stevens has announced upcoming changes to regional healthcare commissioning, during questioning from the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) in a committee meeting on 27 February.

There will be a new reorganisation of how NHS services are commissioned in parts of England, as NHS 'transformation' areas will receive 'governance rights' at the end of March, Stevens revealed.

February 28, 2017
Anthony Brand advises on how to develop the perfect business plan.

Anthony Brand advises on how to develop the perfect business plan

Every practice should be thought of as a business and it is vital that these businesses set a budget, especially in the current uncertain NHS economy. 

February 16, 2017
Over 25% of GP appointments in one area of England will be conducted by nurses, pharmacists and other health professionals within four years under plans to relieve pressure on general practice.

Over 25% of GP appointments in one area of England will be conducted by nurses, pharmacists and other health professionals within four years under plans to relieve pressure on general practice.

This is the first time that commissioners planning to improve primary care integration to reduce GP visits have estimated exactly how many appointments they aim to avoid.

February 15, 2017
Management in Practice spoke to practice manager Sue Wilkins ahead of the merger of her two Poole practices with a combined list size of over 20,000.

Management in Practice spoke to practice manager Sue Wilkins ahead of the merger of her two Poole practices with a combined list size of over 20,000.

Parkstone Health Centre and Madeira Practice are expected to become one practice on 1 April this year once the Madeira premises and merger site is refurbished.

Q. How has the state of primary care effected this decision?

April 28, 2015
Patients will be able to speak to their GP online via a specially developed web programme

Online consultations are now being offered by practices in Basildon and Brentwood.

Patients registered at 37 of the 44 GP practices in the area will be able to speak to their GP online via a specially developed web programme.

The project is hoped to “give them more choice and to improve access” and it was set up following a successful bid for funding from NHS England.

June 26, 2013
The Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) has warned that the ‘crisis’ in general practice will intensify if the pooling of health and social care resources, announced by Chancellor George Osbourne today, leads to money being diverted away from GP services.

The Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) has warned that the ‘crisis’ in general practice will intensify if the pooling of health and social care resources, announced by Chancellor George Osbourne today, leads to money being diverted away from GP services.

As part of the Spending Review, the Chancellor announced that health budgets are to be ringfenced and has allocated £3 billion on commissioning services that integrate health and social care.