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Tuesday 19 February 2019
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Topic: Practice development

January 31, 2019

NHS England will fund 22,000 additional practice staff – including pharmacists, physiotherapists, paramedics, physician associates and social prescribing workers – by 2023/24.
 
The announcement comes as the BMA secured today a new five-year contractual agreement with NHS England.
 
They will be employed as part of networks, which will receive 70% recurrent funding for physiotherapists, physician associates, clinical pharmacists and community paramedics and 100% funding for social prescribers.
 

January 31, 2019

A new directed enhanced service (DES) will provide practices with an average uplift of £14,000 to join a primary care network as part of the new contract announced today.
 
The BMA and NHS England said they expect 100% of practices to join the networks, which will be based on geography, and they will simply need to choose a lead and implement governance processes to qualify for the funding from July. 
 

January 25, 2019

Commissioners’ visits to GP practices to improve childhood immunisation uptake are beneficial for relationship building between the two parties, a study has found.
 
The study, Embedding commissioner visits to general practices to improve childhood immunisations, was published in the British Journal of Healthcare Management.
 

January 15, 2019

Practice managers should receive further training and development to help ease the workload pressures on their practices, a review has suggested.
 
The GP Partnership Review, published today, put forward the suggestion as part of a series of recommendations to reinvigorate the partnership model.
 

January 14, 2019

CCGs have been told to ensure that the new primary care networks, which all GP practices will be mandated to join, are in place by 30 June at the latest.
 
NHS England planning guidance for the year ahead said CCGs must commit to spending a recurrent £1.50 per head of population on ‘developing and maintaining’ the primary care networks.
 

January 14, 2019

The extra £4.5bn funding boost to primary care will be used to relieve pressure on GPs rather than introducing new services, health secretary Matt Hancock has exclusive told our sister publication Pulse. 
 
Mr Hancock told Pulse there is ‘too much pressure’ on GPs and primary care, and some of the £4.5bn is ‘specifically aimed at relieving that pressure’.
 

January 10, 2019

NHS England’s flagship Time for Care programme has been extended beyond its deadline of March 2019, Management in Practice can exclusively confirm. 
 
Given the success of the programme – which has allowed participating practices to save 295,897 hours of admin time and 176,808 hours of clinical time since its inception – NHS England has decided to extend the scheme beyond March 2019.
 

January 9, 2019

NHS England has published its long awaited long term plan earlier this week, confirming its anticipated commitment to prioritise primary and community care.
 
As part of measures to better care for patients at community level, primary care and local services will receive £4.5bn a year in real terms by 2023/24 through a ring-fenced investment that NHS England said ‘will grow faster than the overall NHS budget’.
 

January 7, 2019

GP practices in England can expect changes to their contract from April mandating them to join networks of 30-50,000 patients in return for a major funding boost, our sister publication Pulse has learned.
 

January 2, 2019

The Government has launched the procurement process for providers of new GP IT systems, marking the first shake-up to the market in over a decade.
 
The Department of Health and Social Care said the 'GP IT Futures framework' would open up competition to more providers and ensure more systems were available that are suited to 'the digital age'.
 

January 2, 2019

Practice managers in England have been invited to express their interest in mentoring and coaching support offered by NHS England.
 
The support is funded through the practice manager development programme. As of June 2018, £1m of the £6m that was in 2016 committed to the programme over a three-year period has been spent.
 

December 18, 2018

The holidays are a great opportunity for practice managers to celebrate with their staff, helping with team bonding and boosting staff morale.
 
Management in Practice asked practice managers across the UK what’s cooking in their practices – figuratively speaking, of course, unless you are aspiring to be the next Nancy Birtwhistle, the former practice manager who won the Great British Bake Off in 2014.
 

December 13, 2018

Some CCGs across the country are actively merging practices that are under the APMS contract with those that are under GMS or PMS contracts in order to remove APMS from the system, the BMA has claimed.

December 5, 2018

There is some ‘reasonable agreement’ on the need to include a ‘network QOF’, a medical director at NHS England told Management in Practice.
 
Speaking at the Management in Practice event in Birmingham yesterday, Dr Raj Patel, national deputy medical director of primary care at NHS England said practices will be encouraged to work more collaboratively in the future.
 
He added: ‘There will be financial incentives around a network QOF, to say what you need to deliver for your community to improve its life.’

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.