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July 17, 2018

NHS England is asking CCGs to provide extended access to GP services by 1 October 2018.
 
The Government wants to ensure that every patient has access to GP services, ‘including appointments at evening and weekends’ by 2020.
 

July 16, 2018

More than 550,000 patients in Devon are now able to benefit from 24-hour online access to their GP practice.
 
The service, jointly provided by Northern, Eastern and Western Devon Clinical Commissioning Group and South Devon and Torbay Clinical Commissioning Group, allows patients to seek experts’ assistance for minor conditions.
 

July 13, 2018

Commissioners have objected to GP at Hand's expansion with a physical presence in Birmingham on the grounds of patient safety.
 
The digital-first NHS service, provided by private company Babylon via a host GMS practice in southwest London, said earlier this year that they were looking to expand to other cities in the UK.
 

July 13, 2018

Richmond Road Medical Centre, recognised at last year’s General Practice Awards, has transformed services for its patients in Hackney, east London. Rachel Carter reports. 
 
In 2016, the team at Richmond Road Medical Centre (RRMC) in Hackney, east London, knew that without ‘drastic change’ their practice risked going under.
 

July 13, 2018

GP practices owe £202m in unpaid premises fees to government-owned NHS Property Services (NHS PS) and Community Health Partnerships (CHP), a health minister has revealed.
 
This latest figure, up to the end of 2017/18, represents a £79m increase compared with the previous year, when practices owed £123m to the two companies, as revealed by our sister publication Pulse.
 
In response GP leaders have said the charges are 'a significant threat to general practice' and must be 'abandoned'.
 

July 12, 2018

Management in Practice asked practice managers what their views and hopes for the newly appointment secretary of state for health and social care are.
 
Paul Conroy - practice manager at The Colte Partnership - Mersea Island Branch
 
‘The seriousness of the NHS predicament has grown significantly since then, and the stability of a predictable and knowledgeable set of hands is sorely needed. [Jeremy Hunt’s] arguing for an uplift of the NHS budget, and his tag-team with Simon Stevens has been successful lately.

July 11, 2018

Jeremy Hunt has been appointed foreign secretary, leaving his health and social care role to West Suffolk MP Matt Hancock.
 
Despite Mr Hunt’s numerous pledges to do ‘better for social care’ and ease the pressures in NHS services, many healthcare leaders will remember him as the man behind the introduction of the controversial Accountable Care Organisations (ACOs).
 
Despised or loved, Mr Hunt has shaken the healthcare world and his legacy will affect the sector for years to come.
 

July 11, 2018

A practice manager and a GP based in Macclesfield are urging people to adopt health lifestyles as a birthday gift to the NHS.
 
Chris Campbell-Kelly and Dr Louise Hastings based at the Park Lane Surgery in Macclesfield, Cheshire looked at self-care as one of the solutions that will help the NHS face the next 70 years.
 

July 10, 2018

Jeremy Hunt has been appointed foreign secretary, with digital, culture, media and sport secretary Matt Hancock named as his successor as health secretary.
 
Mr Hunt had recently become the longest service health secretary, having taken the role in September 2012. He had previously said that health secretary was his last major role in politics.
 
However, following Boris Johnson’s resignation yesterday, Mr Hunt was appointed foreign secretary.
 

July 10, 2018

Matt Hancock MP has been named as health and social care secretary after his predecessor Jeremy Hunt was promoted to the role of foreign secretary.
 
Mr Hancock was previously digital, culture, media and sport secretary – a role he was assigned in January this year, having been a junior minister in the department since July 2016.
 
So, what will Mr Hancock bring to the NHS and social care? Management in Practice looks at what this new appointment could mean for the NHS and social care.
 

July 10, 2018

Matt Hancock MP was appointed digital, culture, media and sport secretary in January 2018 having been a junior minister in the department since July 2016. He was first elected an MP in the 2010 general election in the West Suffolk constituency.
 
Before entering parliament, he worked as an economist at the Bank of England and as chief of staff to the shadow chancellor.
 
He has little health background, with no obvious links to the NHS, let alone general practice. He has not mentioned GPs or doctors since he started in Parliament in 2010.

July 9, 2018

A Scottish GP surgery is considering closing one of it surgeries after it was unable to attract new GPs.
 
On a statement on their website, the Mill Practice in Dundee wrote that despite ‘actively trying to recruit replacement GPs since October 2017’ they have not been successful.
 

July 9, 2018

GP vacancy rates are at the highest level ever recorded, with one in six positions currently unfilled, a major Pulse survey has revealed.
 
Our sister publication Pulse's annual vacancy survey of 658 GPs found that 15.3% of GP positions are currently empty, up from 12.2% last year, and 11.7% in 2016.
 
It also showed that the recruitment issues were concentrated on certain practices, with two-thirds of the vacancies reported at practices where there were more than one position unfilled.
 

July 6, 2018

Practice manager Kate Carr tells Valeria Fiore that keeping The Crookes Practice in Sheffield thriving takes determination, grit and a desire to make a difference
 
Q What do you love about your job?
 
A That I can make a difference. I’m also a partner at The Crookes Practice and involved in much of the decision-making.
 
Sometimes in primary care I feel the decision-making is quite drawn out, but here we tend to make decisions on the spot.
 

July 5, 2018

Deputy editor Angela Sharda asks practice managers what they would give to the NHS on its landmark anniversary.
 
Steve Williams
 
'My gift (in three parts) is to:
 
·      Abolish clinical commissioning groups and replace them with more relevant and streamlined organisations.
·      Align all non-clinical primary care staff with Agenda for Change pay scales.

July 4, 2018

 
Valeria Fiore speaks to three different practice managers about what they are doing to honour the service’s landmark birthday
 
Veg on prescription
 
Alvanley Family Practice, Stockport: Practice manager Kay Keane and health champion David Chorlton will launch a practice allotment on 5 July 2018, to celebrate the NHS turning 70.
 

July 4, 2018

NHS England has launched a consultation that 'could herald the most substantial changes to the GP contract since 2004', according to board papers.
 

July 3, 2018

Nye Bevan’s towering accomplishment was the creation of the National Health Service in 1948. The son of a Welsh coal miner, he displayed a steely determination and hatred of the class system from a young age, becoming one of the most important ministers in the post war Labour government and the chief pioneer of nationalised hospitals and free medical care for all. Emma Dent reports
 
For all the efforts of many politicians, few have their name indelibly linked with their achievements.
 

July 2, 2018

Patients will be able to book GP appointments using a new NHS app from the end of this year, the health secretary has said.
 
Jeremy Hunt said the app, which was first announced at NHS Expo last year, will ‘mark the death-knell of the 8am scramble for GP appointments’.
 
The app will also allow patients to order repeat prescriptions, access NHS 111 online, and set their organ donation preferences and data-sharing preferences.
 

July 2, 2018

The £20bn funding increase ahead of the NHS’s 70th birthday is a welcome surprise. But how it is spent will be crucial to the service’s survival over the next 70 years, says Angela Sharda
 

June 30, 2018

The NHS will be turning 70 on 5 July. Have you thought about how your practice wants to mark the anniversary? The health service would like to see the celebrations as a thank you to NHS staff for their hard work and commitment and, as practice managers, we are key to ensuring that all those involved are recognised for their contribution.

June 29, 2018

From one-doctor practices in the GP’s home to large-scale, computer-centred premises — general practice has changed significantly since 1948. Valeria Fiore tracks its progress over the past 70 years
 
There were no celebrations, no bands or public processions and few preliminary special pronouncements on 5 July 1948. I worked from the same premises as before, with the same arrangements for consultations and home visits for the same patients and with the same part-time staff, my wife.’
 

June 29, 2018

Deputy editor Angela Sharda speaks to Aneira Thomas about her remarkable life ‘as the first baby born on the NHS’ and what the health service means to her
 

June 28, 2018

Acute trusts are running more and more GP practices. Ali Moore investigates.
 
Castle Place Practice in Tiverton took a major step in January: it became part of the local hospital trust.
 
The 50 members of staff, including GPs, joined the Royal Devon and Exeter Foundation Trust in a move described as aiding integration of services.