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May 3, 2018

EXCLUSIVE
The QOF in England looks set to be retained, but could be slashed back to just 3-4% of practice income, according to a GP member of the review group.
 
RCGP vice chair Professor Martin Marshall told Pulse that rather than a current 8-10% of practice income, the QOF should be stripped back to a ‘much smaller set of indicators’, under plans that are being pushed by the RCGP.
 

May 2, 2018

Growing financial pressures mean almost half of GP practices are considering a merge or restructure in the next five years, a survey has found.
 
The majority (85%) of the 145 GPs who responded to the Lloyds Bank commercial banking healthcare confidence index survey published today (2 May), said they expect financial pressures to mount over the next five years.
 
In response to these pressures, 48% of them are considering merging or changing their practice’s structure.
 

April 24, 2018

General practice needs a new funding model to respond to workload and staffing challenges, a study has claimed.
 
NHS England takes into consideration only a limited number of variables considered relevant to workload and staffing when allocating resources, researchers from Oxford, Cambridge and Bristol suggested.
 

April 23, 2018

An assistant practice manager based in a practice in Doncaster, South Yorkshire has raised £4,120 for charity after completing the Virgin Money London Marathon yesterday.
 
Vickie Hassall, who works at Kingthorne Group Practice, ran over five hours to reach the finish line on April 22.
 
Team KT
 
Ms Hassall said that she received great support from both patients and staff members.
 

April 20, 2018

More than £75m has been invested to transform primary care services across the North of England since the General Practice Forward View (GPFV), NHS England has announced.
 
More than £45m has been invested to transform primary care across Cheshire and Merseyside, while £30m has been spent across Lancashire and South Cumbria, NHS England said today (20 April).
 

March 29, 2018

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has decided to charge GP practices according to their patient list size, scrapping the previous banded approach.

In its consultation response, the CQC said yesterday (28 March) that the amount of money to be paid by NHS GP providers will be calculated by using the patient list size per location.

The CQC said that they have decided to ‘move to a proportionate from a banded approach in charging fees using patient list size for all NHS GP providers’.

March 28, 2018

The Labour party has confirmed its commitment to ensure a sustainable NHS in the future.

March 26, 2018

GP practices with a static list size can expect a 2.6% funding increase, rather than the 3.4% announced by the Government in England, accountants have predicted.

February 15, 2018

The allocation of primary care funding in England does not take into consideration local needs, a study published today has found.
 
The research, which has been published on the BMC Medicine, has found that practices in London receive more funding despite serving a population with the lowest health needs in the country.
 

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.

October 27, 2017

Small practices will pay a lower registration fee, while larger ones will pay more, the Care Quality Commission (CQC) has revealed.

The CQC proposes to calculate fees based on patient list sizes rather than number of registered locations, from April 2018.

Structure 'doesn't fit'

The CQC said: ‘The current fees structure does not fit the way the sector is structured, and it will become increasingly outmoded as the way services are organised and delivered develops further.’

October 26, 2017

NHS England is currently investigating whether Commissioning Clinical Groups (CCGs) are delivering the £171m to transform GP practices.

The General Practice Forward View (GPFV) allocated £171m to CCGs for practice transformational support. CCGs are expected to spend around £3 per patient, as a one off non-recurrent investment, from 2017/18.

The investment can either be split over two years or take place in 2017/18 or 2018/19, as decided by the CCGs.

September 16, 2017

The average GP earnings decreased by 1.2% in 2015/16 compared to the previous year, according to the latest report published by NHS Digital.

The analysis includes earning and expense data for both full and part-time GPs who were practicing in the UK as either contractors or salaried GPs on that period.

It reveals that the average taxable income of contractors or salaried GPs working in either General Medical Services (GMS) or Primary Medical Services (PMS) practices was £90,100 in 2015/16 compared to £91,200 in 2014/15.

September 15, 2017

A NHS scheme in Sandwell and West Birmingham Clinical has significantly benefitted patients’ health.

The Primary Care Commissioning Framework (PCCF) was created in 2016 by NHS Sandwell and West Birmingham Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG). This collaboration between local GP practices and the CCG aims to provide high-quality care to patients, reduce health inequalities and enhance partnership working.

September 14, 2017

Growth in primary care has been paralysed by misaligned policy. Angela Sharda speaks to a practice manager about how she rises to the challenge.

Q. How do you keep your practice thriving?

A. We provide high quality, patient- centred services and are often recommended by word of mouth. We also provide community engagement events. We merged with another practice in 2013 and have a service-level agreement linking us to eight care homes.

August 29, 2017
An early evaluation of the primary care home (PCH) model, which encourages GPs to work collaboratively to provide care to groups of up to 50,000 patients, shows signs of success but will need more resources to continue into the long term.

An early evaluation of the primary care home (PCH) model, which encourages GPs to work collaboratively to provide care to groups of up to 50,000 patients, shows signs of success but will need more resources to continue into the long term.

The PCH model is a novel approach to primary care that involves GP practices collaborating with other healthcare professionals – including in mental health trusts, hospitals, social care and the voluntary sector.

Good progress

July 28, 2017
In an announcement released today, the BMA warns plans for severe funding cuts could have ‘serious consequences’ for hospitals and GP surgeries, including longer waiting times and even closures

The announcement relates to the ‘Capped Expenditure Process’ (CEP) which was introduced in April and asks NHS Commissioners in 13 areas across England to make considerable cuts in order to make up for budget deficits.

The areas affected include Cheshire and Merseyside, several areas in the South West including Bristol, Somerset and Devon, as well as three London CCGs. These areas are reportedly expected to cut spending by £500 million by April next year.

June 15, 2017
Political uncertainty could benefit the NHS, the NHS Confederation's chief executive has said.

Political uncertainty could benefit the NHS, the NHS Confederation's chief executive has said.

June 13, 2017
The recent announcement that NHS staff are to be awarded a 1% pay rise this year, while disappointing, is perhaps the percentage uplift most people had been realistically expecting.

The recent announcement that NHS staff are to be awarded a 1% pay rise this year, while disappointing, is perhaps the percentage uplift most people had been realistically expecting.

On the whole, staff might have accepted this with a resigned shrug, given the current financial pressures on the health service. But then we learned that MPs are to enjoy a 1.4% increase, which, according to the Daily Mirror, gives the politicians a new take-home pay of £76,011 per annum.

June 7, 2017
It’s worth keeping a close eye on practice finances, and with the software packages now available it’s easier than ever, writes Mark Dempsey.

It’s worth keeping a close eye on practice finances, and with the software packages now available it’s easier than ever, writes Mark Dempsey

There is more pressure than ever before on GP practices to keep good financial records, meaning they need to be up to date, accurate and easily accessible. The slowdown in funding growth is making it increasingly difficult for practices to live within their means and places them under tremendous pressure to get their finances in order.

May 31, 2017
A 5,000-patient branch practice has been forced to plan its closure after failing to recruit new GPs for vacant positions.

A 5,000-patient branch practice has been forced to plan its closure after failing to recruit new GPs for vacant positions.

The Folkestone East Family Practice in Kent will close on 1 November after a major recruitment campaign did not result in a single application.

The doctors will continue to provide services at the Sandgate Road Surgery, but patients fear they will not have capacity to absorb the whole patient list of its sister practice.