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December 15, 2017

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has decided to put a practice in Newcastle upon Tyne in special measures following its latest inspections in September and October 2017.

During previous inspections, Dilston Medical Centre was rated ‘requires improvement’ and ‘deteriorated even further’, the CQC inspectors found.

The most recent report said that the practice was ‘inadequate in all areas’.

December 15, 2017

A practice manager in Darwen, Lancashire, has been awarded the Practice Manager of the Year 2017 at the GP Awards in London on 30 November 2017, after she had won the Management in Practice (MiP) award this summer (August).

December 13, 2017
December 12, 2017

Nadia Bukhari is the youngest-ever female fellow of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS). Angela Sharda talks to her about the secret of her success, what makes her tick and the importance of family values and a strong support network.

Q What inspired you to become a pharmacist? 

December 11, 2017

Two GPs slept at their practice to avoid being late for their appointments the day after, the practice manager has told Pulse, our sister publication .

After news of a public transport strike, Dr Kathryn Illsley and Dr Tim Sowton, who commute daily to The Seascale Health Centre in Cumbria and were on duty the morning after, decided to sleep at work.

December 8, 2017

Three practices will have a new home in the proposed purpose-build primary care centre in Hailsham, East Sussex, whose plans will be unveiled on 11 December at Hailsham Town Council Offices.

The new three-storey purpose-build facility will not only include the Seaforth Farm Surgery, the Vicarage Field Surgery (both operating under the Hailsham Medical Group) and the Bridgeside Surgery, but also some rooms for consulting and treatment, a pharmacy and a small operating theatre.

December 6, 2017

In the last 10 years, NHS England has been given more money but that was mostly going into hospitals, said head of General Practice Development Robert Varnam.

Speaking at the Management in Practice Conference in Birmingham yesterday (5 December), Dr Varnam, who has been a GP for the past 23 years, said that 'what patients need from doctors, including more complex care, need to come from practices'.

He said: 'Care and long-term conditions are more complex now. We need less to happen in hospitals and more to happen in general practice.'

December 4, 2017

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has placed Park Grange Medical Centre in Bradford in special measures, following an inspection they carried out in September 2017.

The CQC inspectors found that the practice presented ‘extreme health and safety risk due to safety features being incomplete’. It registered ongoing building work that forced staff and patients to use a new extension.

It also emerged that although staff were aware of their roles and responsibilities, some of them had not received a written contract of employment.

December 1, 2017

GP practices in Wesham, Preston, trained their medical receptionists to ask patients why they are calling to better understand their needs and give them the right appointment or treatment.

This came after the NHS Fylde and Wyre Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) introduced the requirement to help GPs practices priorities with appointments those that are worse-off.

November 29, 2017

A new report published today shed light on a further 162,000 backlog of clinical correspondence items that still need to be assessed by GPs.

The Public Accounts Committee’s report deplored the ‘lack of grip’ NHS England has shown on handling this problem, after the Committee had been looking into mishandled correspondence for the past three years.

November 28, 2017

Clinical negligence costs are rising and this problem has to be addressed, said MP Alex Chalk at the Medical Protection Society (MPS) event in London on negligence fees.

November 27, 2017

As part of the General Practice Development Programme (GPDP), the NHS has launched 10 High Impact Actions to respond to the challenges of modern general practice and allow practices to ‘work smarter, not harder’.

Productive workflows – matching capability with demand, was addressed to practice managers and anyone with an interest in managing workload.

November 24, 2017

A programme to help GPs refer domestic violence and abuse (DVA) victims has just launched as a social enterprise and will expand across the UK and globally.

IRIS provides training and support to GPs, practice nurses and other primary care clinicians to help them identify and refer women suffering from domestic abuse.

November 23, 2017

Chancellor Philip Hammond has unveiled the awaited Budget 2017.

November 23, 2017

Two weeks ahead of the Budget, NHS CEO Simon Stevens spoke at an NHS Providersconference in Birmingham to remind politicians of the £350m a week promised to the NHS during the Brexit campaign.

He said that, if there was a cash injection into the NHS, waiting lists will reach five million patients by 2021.

Instead, the Government has decided to give the NHS:

November 22, 2017

The Budget introduces the government’s spending plans, which they formulate after the latest forecasts from the Office for Budget responsibility.

In a nutshell, you’ll have the chance to see how the money you have paid in taxes will be spent.

The Budget affects many aspects of our lives. Non-exclusively, it will affect: students, self-employed, people in social care, businesses, pensioners and many other categories.  

November 22, 2017

The Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond has announced today an investment of £3.5bn for buildings and facilities in the NHS England by 2022/2023.

Of this money, £2.6bn will flow into the NHS’ sustainability and transformation partnerships (STPs), to help them improve facilities and help local areas to focus on providing more integrated care for patients, and better meet demand for services.

November 21, 2017

Around 46.63% of practice managers (PM) works from five to eight additional hours per week, with a collective figure pointing at 8.3 extra hours per week, a survey of 1,030 responses has found.

November 20, 2017

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has rated Central Surgery (Dr Yogesh Amin) in Cheriton Road, Folkestone, Kent ‘good overall’, after it was put under special measures during an inspection in 2017.

November 15, 2017
The survey of 1,720 EEA doctors found that one in five (18%) has already made plans to leave the UK.

Almost half (45%) of doctors from the European Economic Area (EEA) working in the UK are considering leaving as a consequence of the Brexit vote, a new survey by the BMA has revealed.

The survey of 1,720 EEA doctors found that one in five (18%) has already made plans to leave the UK.

The top three reasons for leaving were the result of last year Brexit vote, current episodes of negative behaviour towards EU workers in the UK and the uncertainty around immigration rules.

November 14, 2017

Scotland practices will need highly qualified practice managers to engage with the wider primary care system, says the proposed 2018 General Medical Services (GMS) contract in Scotland.

On top of their traditional duties, practice managers will be asked to collaborate with GP Clusters, NHS Boards, Health and Social Care Partnerships (HSCP), and any new service that might emerge.

November 14, 2017

One in 4 (23%) of healthcare IT professionals in the UK revealed that they do not think their organisation will be able to deal with cyberattacks, a new report by Infoblox has shown.

About 305 healthcare IT professionals in the UK and US (152 and 153 respectively in each region) took part in an online survey, which was conducted by the polling company Censuswide.

November 14, 2017

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has placed Old West Surgery in Old Road West, Gravesend, Kent into ‘special measures’, after an inspection they carried out in August.

The practice, which was previously rated ‘good’, has now been rated overall ‘inadequate’.

The CQC report says: ‘The practice failed to assess, monitor and mitigate risks to the health, safety and welfare of service users.’  

November 13, 2017

Making patients pay a fine for missing their GP appointment is not the best approach to be followed in order to improve the service, according to chair of the Royal College of GPs (RCGP), professor Helen Stokes-Lampard.

Despite acknowledging the rising level of frustration that GPs and practice staff in general experience when patients do not turn up for their appointments, Professor Stokes-Lampard warned that fines could negatively impact vulnerable patients.