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March 20, 2018


Less than half of GP practices in England offer free Wi-Fi to their patients because of comissioners' logistics delays, Management in Practice has learned.

NHS Digital said that, as of 19 March, only 43% of GP practices (approximately 3,261 practices) offer Wi-Fi services to their patients, despite the target of providing free Wi-Fi to all patients by 31 December 2017.

March 19, 2018

Some GP practices in Huddersfield, West Yorkshire will start offering evening and weekend appointments, the commissioning body has announced.

NHS Greater Huddersfield Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) will offer these extra appointments from 31 March in a bid to help reduce pressures on both general practices and hospital emergency departments, while giving patients a convenient choice to access GP appointments out-of-hours.

March 15, 2018

Tens of thousands of patients across Bury, Greater Manchester are joining their GP practice’s online services.

NHS Bury Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) announced on its website yesterday (14 March) that over 20,000 new patients joined the online services in 2017 alone, compared with over 5,500 in 2016.

A total of over 35,000 users opened an account to use GP digital services since it launched in 2015, the CCG said.

March 14, 2018

Patients with multimorbidity take up more than half of GP appointments, a study has found.

March 13, 2018

Two Hampshire practices have launched an urgent care system to improve access to same-day appointments for their patients.

GPs at the practices in Lee-on-the-Solent, Hampshire are confident that this system will help them to offer more routine doctor appointments and reduce patients waiting times.

In a letter to patients, Lee-on-the-Solent Health Centre said they will be working with Manor Way Surgery to deliver a new urgent care system.

March 12, 2018

Business manager Nicola Hewitson, who has been a practice manager for six years, spends between five to eight hours a week playing laser tag, while she plays table top war gaming once a fortnight.

Firing infrared beams and thinking up war gaming strategies have turned out to be important assets for Nicola, who makes full use of these skills even when managing her practice, Thorpe Road Surgery in Peterborough, where she has worked for three years.  

March 9, 2018

A GP practice is launching a virtual patient participation group (PPG) to run alongside with its regular face-to-face meetings.

Adelaide Street Family Practice in Blackpool hopes that the existence of a digital group on Facebook will encourage more people to become active participants and contribute to the practice’s PPG.

The digital group is launching on 20 March, but the practice will be running a test session before the official release date.

March 8, 2018

The Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) has expressed concern over the use of patients’ data held at GP practices for immigration purposes.

The College is concerned about the existence of an agreement allowing the Home Office to access patient’s data for immigration purposes, which could deteriorate patients trust into general practice.    

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.

March 5, 2018

GPs are set to have to review tens of thousands of patient records following a problem where dates and times of entries were removed.

Over 2,500 practices have lost patient data including read codes, vaccination information and pathology results due to a problem with importing records of returning patients.

The problem, which has impacted 44,104 records, has affected patients that were registered with SystmOne or EMIS practice, moved to a practice that does not use these systems and then moved back to a SystmOne or EMIS practice.

March 5, 2018

Millions of Brits struggle to see their GP because they find it so hard to make an appointment, a survey has revealed.

The survey of 2,035 UK respondents by Censuswide, commissioned by Octopus Healthcare, has found that more than 18 million people (36%) across the UK could not get a GP appointment in the past 12 months because they could not get through on the phone to make an appointment.

About 48% of respondents from Birmingham could not see their GP in the past year, while the figure stands at 40% in Cardiff and 39% in London.  

March 2, 2018

GPs and practice staff have been going the extra mile – quite literally – to care for patients despite the snow chaos that has engulfed Britain.

March 1, 2018

GP practices have been advised to consider their staff safety first and close earlier if needed, a Local Medical Committee (LMC) has told Management in Practice today (1 March).

North and South Essex LMC has been advising practices calling in with weather concerns to close their surgery earlier if needed to avoid putting their staff safety at risk.  

The key thing is staff and patients’ safety

February 28, 2018

Satisfaction with GP services is at the lowest point since records began, a survey of almost 4,000 people has revealed.

Satisfaction with general practice among the 3,988 people surveyed by research company NatCen Social Research fell to 65% in 2017, marking a 7% point drop on the previous year and the biggest one-year change since the survey began in 1983.

February 27, 2018
Striking off Dr Bawa-Garba missed the point. It was the system that failed – and puts other doctors returning from maternity leave at risk, says Dr Anita Sharma

Striking off Dr Bawa-Garba missed the point. It was the system that failed – and it puts other doctors returning from maternity leave at risk, says Dr Anita Sharma

The primary care landscape is changing so fast. a period of absence can leave you struggling to know how things work. There can be differences in making an appointment, referring for investigations, accessing pathology labs, electronic prescriptions; the list goes on and on.

February 26, 2018

About six years ago, Ryan Smith was told that the closest fire station to his Stafforshire village Eccleshall was ten miles away.

As Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service were looking for personnel, his curiosity sparked and he did not hesitate to join the retained on-call firefighter scheme.

Today, as a practice manager at Abbey Medical Centre in Kenilworth, he continues to fight fires both outside and – metaphorically – inside his practice.

Starting out

February 23, 2018

If your practice doesn’t explicitly cater for LGBT patients, you might be missing a trick.

But services like Pride in Practice provide practice managers and other practice staff with support to help them become more aware of LGBT issues and what this means for their practice.

Pride in Practice is an LGBT Foundation project currently rolled out in Greater Manchester, endorsed by the Royal College of GPs and funded by Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership and NHS England.

February 20, 2018

GP leaders will be voting on whether non-GPs should be actively encouraged to become partners in an effort to sustain the partnership model, at the UK-wide LMCs Conference next month. 

February 19, 2018

NHS England employees will be able to quickly share information across different NHS bodies, following NHS Digital’s plans announced today.

Anyone with an NHSmail account will be able to benefit from the integrated services.

NHS Digital hopes to allow NHS staff to better communicate with each other by integrating NHSmail, which uses Microsoft Exchange and Skype for Business to securely exchange patient information, with Office 365.

February 19, 2018

Works for a new purpose-build GP practice that will be delivered by NHS Propery Services (PS) have begun last Friday (16 february), after local residents saw their former practice closed in 2015.

The £2.3m development will rise in Bow Fell, Brownsover after the Brownsover Medical Practice did not see its contract with NHS England renewed back in 2015.

February 16, 2018

GP practices in England have lost 219 GPs in three months.

Provisional NHS England data shows that there were 33,872 Full Time Equivalent (FTE) GPs in December 2017 compared to 34,091 in September 2017 – a 0.6% decrease.

‘Very disappointing’

Commenting on the finding, chair of the Royal College of GPs (RCGP) Professor Helen Stokes-Lampard said that this is ‘very disappointing and frustrating news’.

February 15, 2018
KardiaMobile is a small device the size of a credit card that can detect AF through a person’s fingertips.

New technology to detect atrial fibrillation (AF) is being distributed to NHS practices across England.

Developed by AliveCor, KardiaMobile is a small device the size of a credit card that can detect AF through a person’s fingertips.

GPs are encouraged to use it as a screening-tool for atrial fibrillation during routine appointments or during other health checks.

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.

February 14, 2018

Patients with dementia are not receiving the right care they are entitled to, as one out of three does not get their care plans reviewed regularly.

The findings come from an analysis of NHS Digital Recorded Dementia Diagnoses monthly publication in November 2017 by the British charity Age UK.  

The charity looked at 7,185 GP practices and found that out of the 458,461 patients that had a recorded diagnosis of dementia in November 2017, only 282,573 received a care plan review or a new care plan in the last year.