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Wednesday 19 September 2018
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Topic: Patient Access

September 13, 2018

The new adjuvanted flu vaccine could save 30,000 GP consultations per year, Public Health England has said.
The vaccine - available for the first time this winter - could also cut hospitalisations by 2,000 and prevent over 700 flu-related deaths in England.

September 4, 2018

The UK's largest superpractice could reach 400,000 patients by the end of October, according to its GP chair.
Our Health Partnership (OHP), which currently has 370,000 patients, is in discussion with a further four GP practices about joining the super-partnership.
Although it declined to name the practices during the merger talks, OHP said they were based in Birmingham and Shropshire, where it already operates 34 and six practices respectively.

August 31, 2018

A GP practice in Gateshead will continue to provide general practice services to patients after NHS Newcastle Gateshead CCG secured a new APMS provider.
CBC Health Ltd, formed by local practices in Gateshead, has been awarded a 10-year contract to deliver primary care services to 1,996 registered patients at Blaydon GP practice.
Patients will not need to take any action following the change of provider.

August 16, 2018

Babylon’s GP at Hand smartphone app ‘advances equality of access to GP services’, an assessment of its impact on patients has found.
The equality impact assessment, carried out on behalf of NHS Hammersmith and Fulham CCG, found that the NHS app was ‘more likely to address most barriers than traditional GP services’ in 10 out of 11 protected groups.
It especially found the app made it easier for ‘vulnerable migrants and homeless people’ to register for NHS general practice.

August 16, 2018

NHS England is set to smash its target to deploy an extra 1,500 practice-based pharmacists through the GP Forward View (GPFV) programme, a GP body has predicted. 
Among the key commitments of the GPFV, the Government invested £31m in introducing 470 pharmacists across more than 700 practices, with an additional £112m pot of funding to see a further 1,500 pharmacists in practices over the next three years.

August 10, 2018

The BMA General Practitioners Committee (GPC) is encouraging GP practices to contact their local MPs and draw attention to the new costs practices face as a result of GDPR.
GPC policy lead for IT Dr Paul Cundy requested that LMCs ask practices to modify and forward a template letter to their local MPs, in a bid to raise awareness of the ‘unintended consequences of the recent adoption of GDPR’.

August 9, 2018

Patient confidence in GPs has remained high with nearly 96% of patients saying they trust their GP, according to the latest NHS England GP Patient Survey. 
The annual survey, of nearly 760,000 patients across England, was re-designed for 2018 to reflect changes in primary care and now includes answers 16 and 17 year olds.

August 8, 2018

Local GP leaders have advised their practices not to register homeless patients using their surgery’s address, contrary to NHS England advice.
Worcestershire LMC told practices that there are 'significant reasons’ not to register a homeless patient under the practice address, including taking on the liability of passing on important secondary care letters.

July 17, 2018

As the Government forges ahead with the rollout of extended GP access, Valeria Fiore examines what impact it’s really having, and the difference it’s likely to make to patient satisfaction with general practice. 
NHS England is currently asking CCGs to provide extended access to GP services by 1 October 2018 and the Government wants to ensure every patient has access to

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 9, 2018

A Scottish GP surgery is considering closing one of its sites 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 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.

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 22, 2018

A GP practice in Greater Manchester has agreed to become ‘homeless-friendly’ to ensure all patients receive great care regardless of whether or not they have a permanent address.
The Hopwood Medical Centre in Heywood, Manchester took the decision as part of a programme encouraging surgeries to help rough sleepers access services such as housing, training and addiction treatment. 

June 21, 2018

General practices across the UK are being encouraged to apply to become ‘Parkrun practices’ as part of a joint initiative by the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) and Parkrun UK.
The initiative could see thousands of patients being ‘prescribed’ physical activity instead of medication and improve the quality of life for practice staff, patients and carers, the RCGP said.
Parkruns are free, volunteer-led 5k events that take place every Saturday morning across the UK.

June 15, 2018

The UK's largest trade union is calling on health and social care secretary Jeremy Hunt to axe the model of care provided by NHS GP at hand.
In a letter to Mr Hunt signed by more than 130 health professionals, many of them currently working in general practice, Doctors in Unite (DiU) said the service ‘threatens the very survival of NHS general practice as we know it’.

June 13, 2018

Richmond Road Medical Centre, recognised for its achievements at last year’s GP Awards, has transformed the services it offers to patients in Hackney
In 2016, the team at Richmond Road Medical Centre in Hackney, East London, knew that without 'drastic change', their practice risked going under.
A small practice of 3,500 patients, the surgery had seen an influx of young adults with new health care needs and access demands. At the time, there was already a one to two week wait for an appointment with the GP.

June 12, 2018

Anwar Hussain, a practice manager at St Pauls Way Medical Centre in East London leads a very young practice, where employees are constantly keen to find new technologies to introduce at practice level.
When he heard of AccuRx Chain SMS, a text system that allows staff to communicate with patients in less than 30 seconds, he decided to try it out at his practice.

June 8, 2018

One in five patients who signed up with the GP at Hand app in southeast London has re-registered with their original GP practice, CCG board papers have revealed.
Since November, private company Babylon has made use of the out-of-area registration scheme, and a host GP practice in Fulham, to sign up over 20,000 NHS patients across London.

June 8, 2018

More than 600 GP practices will close in England if the Government fails to increase funding for general practice, the BMA has said.
In its analysis of NHS England’s GP Forward View, the BMA’s GP Committee said that current funding for general practice is £3.7bn short of its target of 11% of the NHS budget.

June 6, 2018

Forty per cent of all GP appointments now see patients raise a mental health problem, a survey has revealed.
More than 1,000 GPs took part in the study, which also found that two in three GPs had seen an increase in the number of patients needing help with their mental health over the past 12 months.
The survey conducted by Mind adds weight to a growing body of evidence that suggests mental health is becoming an increasingly large part of a GP’s workload.