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Topic: Practice development

October 15, 2018

All GPs in England will be able to refer patients experiencing loneliness to community activities and voluntary services by 2023, Prime Minister Theresa May has announced.
The Government will also partner with Royal Mail on a new scheme in Liverpool, New Malden and Whitby, where postal workers will check on lonely people as part of their rounds, and then link them to support if necessary.

October 12, 2018

A flagship programme to relieve pressured GP practices has released over 192,000 hours of administrative time, NHS England has claimed.
It said the 'Time for Care' scheme, launched with the 2016 GP Forward View rescue plan, had also freed up 121,000 hours of clinical time.

October 9, 2018

Six GP practices in Bury have successfully merged into one. 
The practices, which officially merged on 1 July, have since then taken the name of Tower Family Healthcare and started providing care to around 50,000 patients, with their details stored in a single database.

October 1, 2018

The RCGP chair has called on the health secretary to clarify his position on GP at Hand after he endorsed the app for a national roll out earlier this month. 

September 20, 2018

Funding for GP practices has increased by over £500m in the last year, according to official data published today.
NHS England’s Investment in General Practice report said general practice received £10.8bn in 2017/18, £580m more than last year’s total of £10.2bn.
This represents a 3.9% real term increase on the previous 12 months, and a 17.8% aggregated real term growth since April 2013 – the last time the Department of Health managed the funding before NHS England took it over.

September 4, 2018

GP practices that still have to ditch paper prescriptions will receive support by the Health and Social Care secretary to switch to electronic prescribing.
Matt Hancock announced that the Government will change the regulations that currently limit the issuing of electronic prescriptions later this year. 

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 30, 2018

Private online providers are creating competition between NHS practices that is threatening the loss of both patients and staff and could lead to practice closures, GPs have warned.
The companies are setting up services at a time when NHS practices are so underfunded they are struggling to offer basic GMS care, let alone develop technology for online consultations, suggested the GPs.

August 15, 2018

In an interview with Valeria Fiore, practice manager Delyth Moylan tells Management in Practice how she made the switch from working in the RAF to a London-based GP practice in Harley Street
After spending more than 10 years of her life in the Royal Air Force (RAF), Delyth Moylan decided to switch back to civilian life. She left the RAF in May 2014 and moved to London, where she joined NHS 111 as a clinical advisor and later went on to managing three clinics for the British Pregnancy Advisory Service.

August 7, 2018

The RCGP is calling for a major update of the general practice forward view (GPFV) and for more money to be injected into the programme.
The GPFV was published in April 2016. It is an aid of support for general practice , underpinned by extra money, and identified challenges that needed to be addressed within general practice. 
NHS England needs to invest an extra £2.5bn a year by 2020/21 on top of the additional funding of £2.4bn a year already pledged in the GPFV, the RCGP said. 

August 6, 2018

In 2015, NHS East Berkshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) launched a six-month pilot in Slough to test a new type of care programme that would help them identify those most at risk of hospital admission.

August 6, 2018

NHS England director of primary care Dr Arvind Madan resigned on 5 August following controversy over inflammatory online comments.
Dr Madan was appointed as NHS England director of primary care in October 2015 and part of his remit was to design and implement the General Practice Forward View.
So why did Dr Madan decide to resign? Here is a summary of his final turbulent days as NHS England's top GP.
The straw that broke the camel's back

July 31, 2018

Modality Partnership, one of the first GP super-partnerships in the UK, is growing its patient list size to around 380,000 with the addition of eight GP practices in Walsall in the West Midlands.

NHS Walsall Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) selected the GP organisation as the new provider for eight practices in the area, following a public consultation in August 2017.

July 30, 2018

GP practices can sign up to become ‘veteran friendly’ under a new national scheme to improve medical care and treatment for former armed service members.
The programme, which has been backed by NHS England and the RCGP, requires practices to offer extra support for ex-military personnel, such as undertaking dedicated training, attending armed forces healthcare meetings and assigning a veteran lead in the practice.

July 23, 2018

Health secretary Matt Hancock has promised a £4.5m investment towards social prescribing schemes such as gardening or arts clubs.
Speaking to the TimesMr Hancock said the money could be used to set up social prescribing options - such as sports clubs - or help GP practices employ staff to signpost patients to local organisations.

July 20, 2018

A GP practice in Lancashire was awarded a £40K grant to collect and share memories of healthcare from the last 70 years or more.
Lostock Hall Medical Centre in Preston was the successful bidder of a Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) grant, through which it will explore the local history of healthcare.
On Saturday 21 July, practice manager David Pearson will be launching the Doctor Doctor project, through which his practice will collect patient’s stories and artefacts from the past.

July 19, 2018

Around 850,000 people in the UK have been diagnosed with dementia, with the number set to increase to one million by 2021, according to the Alzheimer’s Society.
As artificial intelligence (AI) advances, it will become easier to predict undiagnosed dementia in primary care and offer early access to treatment and support to those affected by different types of dementia.

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 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 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

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 26, 2018

The foundation of general practice has ‘serious structural faults’ and is at ‘risk of collapse’, a leading GP has said.  
Speaking to BMA members at its annual conference in Brighton, BMA GP committee chair Dr Richard Vautrey said that despite the challenges that general practices faces today, its foundations can be rebuilt to ensure the future of the health service.

June 26, 2018

A few years ago, merging was a daring move for practices. But more surgeries are now finding that it’s the way to remain sustainable, reports Valeria Fiore