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Topic: Practice development

December 3, 2018

The winners of the General Practice Awards 2018 were revealed at an awards ceremony on Friday, 30 November at the Park Plaza Westminster Bridge London hotel.
Now in their tenth year, the awards celebrate the hard work and innovation of general practice teams and individuals.
Lifetime Achievement Award
For the first time, the coveted Lifetime Achievement Award, now in its third year, went to a practice manager – Val Hempsey, a partner at Bridges Medical Practice in Gateshead.

December 3, 2018

Nearly a third (31%) of GPs say they are 'unlikely' to still be working in general practice in five years' time, with stress cited as the main reason, the RCGP has found.
The college surveyed 1,094 GPs in England, also finding that swathes of practices are set to close, amid vast issues with recruitment.
The survey found that:

November 30, 2018

The primary care home model allows for closer integration of social care with primary care, new guidance has said.
Primary care home and social care: Working together, published yesterday by the National Association of Primacy Care (NAPC) and the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS) showcased examples of successful collaboration between primary and social care through the primary care home (PCH) model.

November 28, 2018

A CCG has set up a crisis fund from which its member GP practices can request money if they hit temporary hard times.

November 12, 2018

Data outages affect the ‘nuts and bolts’ of GP practices and the IT system in Wales needs to improve to ensure practices can assist their patients, RCGP Wales has said.
In response to a report on the NHS Wales Informatics Service (NWIS) published by the Welsh National Assembly’s Public Accounts Committee, RCGP Wales said the findings should ‘kickstart a process that improves digital technology in the Welsh NHS’.

November 9, 2018

A myriad of letters flow into GP practices every day, consuming a large part of the team’s time.
Dr Andrew Venning, a GP partner at Cricketfield Surgery in Devon, worked with his team to create a system that would help his practice save time on reviewing correspondence.
The new way of working was introduced just over a year ago and has since helped the practice save on average 25 hours per week of GP time, which roughly equates to 1,300 hours a year.
The problem

November 7, 2018

Private provider Babylon’s chatbot – an AI software that triages patients based on their symptoms, without a doctor’s intervention – could offer patients a less effective service than a GP, a letter published in medical journal The Lancet has suggested.
In a study published in June, Babylon, which provides the GP at Hand service to NHS patients, analysed the efficacy of its AI chatbot in primary care triage and diagnosis.

November 5, 2018

GPs and frontline staff should feel ‘confident’ to remind people of their ‘responsibilities' in preventing illness, health secretary Matt Hancock said today, as he announced the Government’s long-term focus will be on stopping people becoming unwell.
Speaking at the International Association of National Public Health Institutes in London, Mr Hancock said he wants to see people taking ‘greater personal responsibility’ for managing their health.

November 2, 2018

Just around one in 10 locum GPs would consider taking on a partnership role in the future, a major survey of locum GPs has revealed.
In our sister publication Pulse's first ever survey of locum GPs, only 13% answered yes to whether they would ‘ever’ become a partner in future, while 65% said no and the remainder that they did not know.
The main barriers appear to be a lack of a financial incentive and concerns regarding partner workloads.

November 1, 2018

A Swedish GP provider offering video consultations has launched its service in the NHS.
Forty practices in North West Surrey are now offering GP video consultations following a partnership between North West Surrey integrated care services (NICS) GP federation and LIVI, the video consultation provider.

October 30, 2018

GP practices taking on apprentices will only have to pay 5% towards the costs of training and assessing them instead of 10%, the Government has revealed as part of the budget announcement.
Speaking in Parliament yesterday, chancellor Philip Hammond said the Government has released a ‘£695m package to support apprenticeships’.

October 29, 2018

Smaller practices will get easier and more direct access to clinical pharmacists in general practice scheme funding following an NHS England criteria change. 
NHS England said it decided to change ‘the criteria for the programme to make it easier for sites to operate across a smaller population size, and allowing clinical pharmacists to work part-time’.

October 26, 2018

Hundreds of thousands of patients are breathing in toxic air when they visit hospitals and GP practices across the UK, according to a new study.
In total, one in three (2,164) GP practices in England and 54 GP practices in Wales are in areas that ‘exceed safe pollution limits’ set by the World Health Organisation (WHO).

October 25, 2018

Some health boards in Wales are running up large overspends as a result of running managed practices, the BMA has warned.
In 2017/18, Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board in North Wales – a region with by far the highest number of managed practices at 13 - overspent by £1.3m compared with a deficit the previous year when they only had seven managed practices, BMA Wales reported.

October 25, 2018

Management in Practice is speaking to a series of PMs on the front-line about what being a practice manager means to them.
Reporter Valeria Fiore talks to Luan Stewart, practice business manager at Adelaide Street Family Practice in Blackpool about the challenges practice management poses and the future of the profession.
Q. How has being a practice manager changed since you first started out in the profession?

October 24, 2018

A petition has been launched calling for advanced healthcare practitioners (AHPs) to be able to sign fit notes (med 3 forms). 
The petition, started earlier this month by advanced nurse practitioner at St James's University Hospital Anna Crowther, aims for AHPs to have the authority to sign patient fit notes – to save the NHS time and improve efficiency.

October 19, 2018

Over 88% of CCGs have at least one practice engaged with NHS England’s Time for Care programme, NHS England has said.
Speaking at the Best Practice show in Birmingham yesterday, Time for Care programme lead Rachel Hinde said 172 of the 195 CCGs in England have at least one of their practices enrolled in the programme.
The figures, which are representative of the programme’s uptake as of 30 September 2018, also show that of 7,441 practices in England, 2,416 are engaged with the work streams.

October 19, 2018

Management in Practice is speaking to a series of PMs on the front-line about what being a practice manager means to them.
Reporter Valeria Fiore talks to David Pearson, practice manager at Lostock Hall Medical Centre in Preston about the challenges practice management poses and the future of the profession.
Q. How has being a practice manager changed since you first started out in the profession?

October 15, 2018

CCGs should fund the additional 1% pay uplift to the GP contract to help practice staff in their area attain an overall uplift of 3% this year, the BMA has said.
In a letter to CCG chairs, BMA GP committee chair Dr Richard Vautrey asked them to consider making a ‘one-off’ payment to practices by funding an extra 1% of the GP practice pay increase that the Government agreed on earlier this year.

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.