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January 31, 2019

NHS England will fund 22,000 additional practice staff – including pharmacists, physiotherapists, paramedics, physician associates and social prescribing workers – by 2023/24.
 
The announcement comes as the BMA secured today a new five-year contractual agreement with NHS England.
 
They will be employed as part of networks, which will receive 70% recurrent funding for physiotherapists, physician associates, clinical pharmacists and community paramedics and 100% funding for social prescribers.
 

January 31, 2019

GPs who are drawing more than £150k per year in NHS funding will be named from 2020 as part of a drive to ‘increase transparency on NHS earnings’, officials said.
 
As part of the new contract, a new 'mechanism' will be put in place in future years to determine those GPs earning more than £150,000 a year - although it is unclear how this will work as yet.
 

January 31, 2019

A new directed enhanced service (DES) will provide practices with an average uplift of £14,000 to join a primary care network as part of the new contract announced today.
 
The BMA and NHS England said they expect 100% of practices to join the networks, which will be based on geography, and they will simply need to choose a lead and implement governance processes to qualify for the funding from July. 
 

January 22, 2019

EU citizens, including NHS staff, who have paid £65 to cover the costs of their settled status application will be reimbursed, the Government has said.
 
Speaking in Parliament yesterday, Ms May said that ‘having listened to concerns from members and organisations like the3million group’, the Government will no longer request EU citizens to pay the application fee when the scheme is rolled out in full on 30 March.
 

November 29, 2018

The number of full time and part time managers working in general practice has decreased by over 600 in just three years, official data have shown.
 
NHS Digital provisional data, published last week, revealed a decrease of 612 full time and part time managers – which regroups together ‘managers’ and ‘management partners’ – between September 2015 and September 2018.
 
However, there has been an increase of 69 managers between September 2017 and September 2018, according to NHS Digital data.
 

November 27, 2018

A CQC report has highlighted the lack of sepsis training for reception staff at a practice rated inadequate. 
 
The Matthewman Practice, based in north London and run by Dr Philip Matthewman, was rated inadequate by the CQC in a report published earlit this month, on how safe, effective and well-led it is.
 
However, it was rated good for being caring and responsive.
 

October 31, 2018

GP practice staff will be protected by a new 'zero tolerance' policy aiming to reduce the number of assaults on NHS staff.
 
The measures are part of a new violence reduction strategy launched by the Department of Health and Social Care to better protect NHS staff from attacks and abuse.
 
A new zero-tolerance approach will be adopted and a partnership between the NHS, police and Crown Prosecution Service will aim to see offenders prosecuted quickly.
 

September 28, 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.
 

September 25, 2018

A GP practice has been forced to cut back on staff after Capita reclaimed thousands of pounds without explanation or notice, it has claimed.
 
The Court Street Medical Practice, based in Madeley, near Telford, said this included £7,000 reclaimed due to 'payment errors' but said it had not received an explanation from Primary Care Support England, operated by Capita, regarding the issues.
 

July 25, 2018

The Government has announced a 2% pay increase for independent contractors and salaried GPs, which will be backdated to April 2018.
 
Responding to the Review Body on Doctors’ and Dentists' Remuneration (DDRB) report, health and social care secretary Matt Hancock announced pay rises for both groups, while speaking in Parliament yesterday.
 

June 7, 2018

The Prime Minister is committed to pouring more money into the NHS, health and social care secretary Jeremy Hunt confirmed in an interview with The Guardian today. 
 
In March, Ms May announced long-term funding plans for the NHS and she will honour her pledge as the national health system turns 70, Mr Hunt stated.

June 5, 2018

Practice managers should involve receptionists during the planning stages when considering introducing alternatives to face-to- face appointments, a study has concluded.
 
The research, published today in the British Journal of General Practice (BJGP), looked at the role receptionists play in the implementation of alternative approaches to face-to-face consultations.
 

June 1, 2018

Unfortunately there are too many examples of practice managers who have abused their position of trust and committed acts of fraud. Sometimes the amount involved can be in excess of £100,000. 
 
This is effectively a dual crime. Not only are they stealing from their employers, but they are also taking money indirectly from the public purse. Very often these fraudulent acts occur over a number of years, so why are they able to do this?
 
Examples of tried and convicted cases over the last 10 years:
 

May 23, 2018

A GP surgery in Reading has struggled to recruit practice staff and as a result has had to hand back its contract.
 
Priory Avenue Surgery in Caversham will close on 30 June 2018, after the current APMS provider of GP services One Medical Group failed to recruit permanent GPs and practice staff, NHS Berkshire West Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) said in a statement published today (23 May).
 

May 23, 2018

The RCGP has launched a UK-wide campaign to tackle the ‘epidemic of loneliness’ and social isolation affecting millions of patients.
 
A survey carried out by the RCGP found that three out of four GP see between one and five people a day who have come in mainly because they are lonely.
 
The college is calling for every GP to have access to a social prescriber to help people make connections to prevent them becoming isolated and lonely.
 

May 15, 2018

The GP workforce in England is continuing to decline, as official statistics reveal that 316 full-time equivalent GPs have left the profession in the last three months.
 

May 14, 2018

GPs and health professionals working in NHS general practices will get clinical negligence indemnity backed by the Welsh Government, it has been announced.
 
Health secretary Vaughan Gething made the announcement today (14 May) after concerns were raised on increasing indemnity costs that could drive GPs away from general practice.
 

May 4, 2018

Working at scale is becoming more common for practices. As of 2016, over half the country had formed into networks or federations of practices, said Dr Arvind Madan, director of primary care at NHS England in the general practice forward view (GPFV).
 
In December 2017, a group of practice managers in Calderdale, West Yorkshire got together to discuss the possibility of working collaboratively.
 

May 1, 2018

NHS England has recruited nearly 600 mental health workers and more than 700 clinical pharmacists to GP practices as of December 2017.
 
While GP leaders said the new staff members are 'welcome' additions, they warned GPs have 'big concerns' about the schemes with no recurrent funding planned beyond 2020.
 
This comes as NHS England is two years into its five-year plan to rejuvenate general practice by 2020 with the GP Forward View.
 

April 30, 2018

The general practice workforce in Wales must expand ‘urgently’, the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) in Wales has warned.  
 
The organisation, which represents GPs in Wales, said it had been warning ‘for several years' that the GP workforce is at 'tipping point’.
 
RCGP Wales chair Dr Rebecca Payne said: ‘It is imperative that the Welsh Government takes urgent action to boost the GP workforce and expand the number of other healthcare professionals working in general practice.’

April 3, 2018

Adelaide Street Surgery in Blackpool was struggling to hire more GPs to meet a growing demand of appointments from its patients.
 
The practice management team and GP partners met to come up with a workforce strategy, which resulted in the decision to hire two paramedics.
 
The move came after a positive experience in 2015, when the practice hired its first paramedic to deal with acute on the day emergencies.
 
On top of being able to save £20,000 a year, the team could offer an extra 88 appointments per week.

March 7, 2018

Practices need to be better prepared to respond to the harsh weather, the Medical and Dental Defence Union of Scotland (MDDUS) has suggested.

In some areas, practice staff struggled to get to work last week, and many practices had to close earlier or cancel appointments after the ‘beast from the east’ hit the UK with snow and freezing temperatures.

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