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Topic: Practice development

May 22, 2018

A Wandsworth doctor has been chosen from hundreds of applicants to represent London in a competition to mark the NHS turning 70.
 
Dr Sian Job, who works at NHS Wandsworth CCG, was nominated by her local Conservative MP Justine Greening to compete against three other candidates in the patient and public involvement award category in the NHS 70 Parliamentary Awards
 

May 21, 2018

Some 40% of patients could make routine GP appointments in evenings and weekends in March, the latest NHS England data have shown.
 
An NHS England survey of 6,892 GP practices found that 805 practices, with a combined 5.4m patients, did not offer any extended hours provision when the latest data was collected in March.
 
This was down from 826 practices at the latest count, in September 2017. 
 

May 18, 2018

As part of the General Practice Forward View, £45m has been invested to help practices purchase online consultation systems.
 
Practice manager Mark Thomas was looking for a better way to manage Chelston Hall Surgery in Torquay, South West England when he came across e-consultation.
 

May 17, 2018

The National Audit Office has said NHS England's decision to outsource primary care support services to Capita 'potentially compromised patient safety', and has instructed it to consider taking services back in house.
 
Pulse has reported on GPs suffering severe disruptions to services - including with payments, pensions, performers list registrations, records movement and medical supplies - since the contract was awarded in 2015.
 

May 17, 2018

Practices are set to pilot a pre-release registration scheme for prisoners, in an effort to maintain continuity of care.
 
The pilot scheme, which will launch over the summer, will see prisoners in Sheffield registered with a GP near the prison up to one month ahead of their release.
 
GP leaders have welcomed the pilot, saying it will ensure GPs are ‘fully equipped’ when ex-offenders visit the practice.
 

May 15, 2018

The GP workforce in England is continuing to decline, as official statistics reveal that 316 full-time equivalent GPs have left the profession in the last three months.
 

May 14, 2018

GPs and health professionals working in NHS general practices will get clinical negligence indemnity backed by the Welsh Government, it has been announced.
 
Health secretary Vaughan Gething made the announcement today (14 May) after concerns were raised on increasing indemnity costs that could drive GPs away from general practice.
 

May 4, 2018

Working at scale is becoming more common for practices. As of 2016, over half the country had formed into networks or federations of practices, said Dr Arvind Madan, director of primary care at NHS England in the general practice forward view (GPFV).
 
In December 2017, a group of practice managers in Calderdale, West Yorkshire got together to discuss the possibility of working collaboratively.
 

May 2, 2018

Growing financial pressures mean almost half of GP practices are considering a merge or restructure in the next five years, a survey has found.
 
The majority (85%) of the 145 GPs who responded to the Lloyds Bank commercial banking healthcare confidence index survey published today (2 May), said they expect financial pressures to mount over the next five years.
 
In response to these pressures, 48% of them are considering merging or changing their practice’s structure.
 

May 1, 2018

NHS England has recruited nearly 600 mental health workers and more than 700 clinical pharmacists to GP practices as of December 2017.
 
While GP leaders said the new staff members are 'welcome' additions, they warned GPs have 'big concerns' about the schemes with no recurrent funding planned beyond 2020.
 
This comes as NHS England is two years into its five-year plan to rejuvenate general practice by 2020 with the GP Forward View.
 

May 1, 2018

Struggling GP practices in North Wales could soon receive support from a group of GPs, practice managers and other specialists in a bid to help them develop sustainable businesses.
 
Ahead of its board meeting tomorrow (2 May), the Betsi Cadwaladr health board (BCUHB) is suggesting to set up a group of dedicated and qualified GPs, nurses and practice managers to support practices struggling with workforce, recruitment and retention issues.
 

April 30, 2018

The general practice workforce in Wales must expand ‘urgently’, the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) in Wales has warned.  
 
The organisation, which represents GPs in Wales, said it had been warning ‘for several years' that the GP workforce is at 'tipping point’.
 
RCGP Wales chair Dr Rebecca Payne said: ‘It is imperative that the Welsh Government takes urgent action to boost the GP workforce and expand the number of other healthcare professionals working in general practice.’

April 26, 2018

GPC IT policy lead Dr Paul Cundy runs through a check list of actions for practices to prepare for the EU General Data Protection Regulation
 
With the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) due to come into force on 25 May, GPC IT policy lead Dr Paul Cundy runs through a check list of actions to help you get prepared.
 

April 23, 2018

An assistant practice manager based in a practice in Doncaster, South Yorkshire has raised £4,120 for charity after completing the Virgin Money London Marathon yesterday.
 
Vickie Hassall, who works at Kingthorne Group Practice, ran over five hours to reach the finish line on April 22.
 
Team KT
 
Ms Hassall said that she received great support from both patients and staff members.
 

April 20, 2018

More than £75m has been invested to transform primary care services across the North of England since the General Practice Forward View (GPFV), NHS England has announced.
 
More than £45m has been invested to transform primary care across Cheshire and Merseyside, while £30m has been spent across Lancashire and South Cumbria, NHS England said today (20 April).
 

April 17, 2018

Deben Health Group, made up of seven rural Suffolk practice,  decided to look into care navigation when confronted with the difficulty of hiring GPs.
 
After receiving guidance from NHS England though the Time for Care programme, they jointly wrote guidance to enable their receptionists to better navigate patients to the appropriate care.
 

April 13, 2018

A GP practice could close after failing to find new premises, as the current ones are not suitable for the provision of care.
 
Patients have been sent a letter today (13 April) in which the practice partners ask for their views on the closure of one of The Limes Medical Centre branches, Garlinge Branch Surgery in Margate, Kent.
 
The main surgery in Trinity Square, Margate will stay open and patients will not need to re-register with another practice.
 

April 12, 2018

Aylsham and Reepham Surgeries staff was aware of a number of frequent attenders to their practices, but they never analysed the problem until they came across the Productive General Practice (PGP) Quick Start programme.
 
With support from the NHS England’s Sustainable Improvement team, the practices pinpointed almost 700 ‘inappropriate appointments’ over a period of 12 months.
 

April 6, 2018

Meeting the increasing needs of an ageing population with limited resources is a challenge most practice managers are facing at present, reflected by frequent media reports of primary care staff shortages nationwide.
 
Management in Practice’s reporter Valeria Fiore asked Devon-based practice manager, federation manager and occasional CQC inspector Tracy Green how she overcomes this obstacle and keeps her practice thriving.
 
Q: What is the biggest challenge you are facing as a practice manager?
 

April 3, 2018

Adelaide Street Surgery in Blackpool was struggling to hire more GPs to meet a growing demand of appointments from its patients.
 
The practice management team and GP partners met to come up with a workforce strategy, which resulted in the decision to hire two paramedics.
 
The move came after a positive experience in 2015, when the practice hired its first paramedic to deal with acute on the day emergencies.
 
On top of being able to save £20,000 a year, the team could offer an extra 88 appointments per week.

March 28, 2018

The number of online GP service users has increased by over 40% in one year, NHS England has said.

Figures by NHS England published yesterday (27 March) revealed a 42% increase in the number of people using online services compared to this time last year and, according to NHS Digital figures, ‘some one million appointments are being made or cancelled online every month’.

March 21, 2018

General practice has been suffering from a range of factors, including underfunding, heavy workload and lack of GPs.

Léa Legraien talks to a practice manager to find out how he keeps his practice thriving.

Q. What makes your practice stand out?

A. Our fearless approach to innovation and change combined with a strong quality improvement methodology has helped us to stand out among an amazing crowd.

Q. What's the key to successfully managing a practice?

March 20, 2018

EXCLUSIVE

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.