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Topic: Practice development

December 15, 2017

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has decided to put a practice in Newcastle upon Tyne in special measures following its latest inspections in September and October 2017.

During previous inspections, Dilston Medical Centre was rated ‘requires improvement’ and ‘deteriorated even further’, the CQC inspectors found.

The most recent report said that the practice was ‘inadequate in all areas’.

December 15, 2017

A practice manager in Darwen, Lancashire, has been awarded the Practice Manager of the Year 2017 at the GP Awards in London on 30 November 2017, after she had won the Management in Practice (MiP) award this summer (August).

December 13, 2017
December 11, 2017

An inner-city GP practice with over 17,000 patients has handed back its contract because it can no longer offer a 'fair and adequate' service to patients.

December 8, 2017

Three practices will have a new home in the proposed purpose-build primary care centre in Hailsham, East Sussex, whose plans will be unveiled on 11 December at Hailsham Town Council Offices.

The new three-storey purpose-build facility will not only include the Seaforth Farm Surgery, the Vicarage Field Surgery (both operating under the Hailsham Medical Group) and the Bridgeside Surgery, but also some rooms for consulting and treatment, a pharmacy and a small operating theatre.

December 6, 2017

In the last 10 years, NHS England has been given more money but that was mostly going into hospitals, said head of General Practice Development Robert Varnam.

Speaking at the Management in Practice Conference in Birmingham yesterday (5 December), Dr Varnam, who has been a GP for the past 23 years, said that 'what patients need from doctors, including more complex care, need to come from practices'.

He said: 'Care and long-term conditions are more complex now. We need less to happen in hospitals and more to happen in general practice.'

November 28, 2017

Clinical negligence costs are rising and this problem has to be addressed, said MP Alex Chalk at the Medical Protection Society (MPS) event in London on negligence fees.

November 27, 2017

As part of the General Practice Development Programme (GPDP), the NHS has launched 10 High Impact Actions to respond to the challenges of modern general practice and allow practices to ‘work smarter, not harder’.

Productive workflows – matching capability with demand, was addressed to practice managers and anyone with an interest in managing workload.

November 24, 2017

A programme to help GPs refer domestic violence and abuse (DVA) victims has just launched as a social enterprise and will expand across the UK and globally.

IRIS provides training and support to GPs, practice nurses and other primary care clinicians to help them identify and refer women suffering from domestic abuse.

November 23, 2017

Chancellor Philip Hammond has unveiled the awaited Budget 2017.

November 22, 2017

The Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond has announced today an investment of £3.5bn for buildings and facilities in the NHS England by 2022/2023.

Of this money, £2.6bn will flow into the NHS’ sustainability and transformation partnerships (STPs), to help them improve facilities and help local areas to focus on providing more integrated care for patients, and better meet demand for services.

November 21, 2017

Around 46.63% of practice managers (PM) works from five to eight additional hours per week, with a collective figure pointing at 8.3 extra hours per week, a survey of 1,030 responses has found.

November 20, 2017

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has rated Central Surgery (Dr Yogesh Amin) in Cheriton Road, Folkestone, Kent ‘good overall’, after it was put under special measures during an inspection in 2017.

November 17, 2017

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has rated Hylton Medical Group in Sunderland as ‘good’, after an inspection they carried out in September.

The practice was rated ‘inadequate’ twice, following two CQC inspections in April 2015 and February 2017. However, following an inspection by the CQC in September, the practice was rated ‘good overall’.

November 14, 2017

Scotland practices will need highly qualified practice managers to engage with the wider primary care system, says the proposed 2018 General Medical Services (GMS) contract in Scotland.

On top of their traditional duties, practice managers will be asked to collaborate with GP Clusters, NHS Boards, Health and Social Care Partnerships (HSCP), and any new service that might emerge.

November 14, 2017

One in 4 (23%) of healthcare IT professionals in the UK revealed that they do not think their organisation will be able to deal with cyberattacks, a new report by Infoblox has shown.

About 305 healthcare IT professionals in the UK and US (152 and 153 respectively in each region) took part in an online survey, which was conducted by the polling company Censuswide.

November 14, 2017

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has placed Old West Surgery in Old Road West, Gravesend, Kent into ‘special measures’, after an inspection they carried out in August.

The practice, which was previously rated ‘good’, has now been rated overall ‘inadequate’.

The CQC report says: ‘The practice failed to assess, monitor and mitigate risks to the health, safety and welfare of service users.’  

November 9, 2017

GP consultation lengths in the UK are among the shortest in Europe, a study by Cambridge University and published in the BMJ Open has revealed.

The study, called International variations in primary care physician consultation time: a systematic review of 67 countries covered more than 28.5 million consultations showing that GP appointments last less than five minutes for half of the world population, ranging from 48 seconds in Bangladesh to 22.5 minutes in Sweden.  

November 3, 2017

GP practices owned by limited companies deliver worse patient care than other practices, a study has revealed.

The data, published in the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine, showed patients registered with practices holding Alternative Provider Medical Services (APMS) contracts had an overall experience of 3.04 point lower than those with general contracts.

The biggest difference reported was 12.78 points, in terms of patients’ satisfaction on consultations with their preferred GP.

October 26, 2017

NHS England is currently investigating whether Commissioning Clinical Groups (CCGs) are delivering the £171m to transform GP practices.

The General Practice Forward View (GPFV) allocated £171m to CCGs for practice transformational support. CCGs are expected to spend around £3 per patient, as a one off non-recurrent investment, from 2017/18.

The investment can either be split over two years or take place in 2017/18 or 2018/19, as decided by the CCGs.

October 25, 2017

All 207 Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) could be in charge of primary care from April 2018.

NHS England wants the majority of CCGs to apply for full delegation, on the commissioning of GP practices’ services, before 1 November.  

Enhancing primary care

In a document describing the application process, NHS England wrote: ‘The delegated commissioning model is delivering a number of benefits for CCGs and local populations.

October 24, 2017

Around 3,000 GPs have left Scotland to work abroad since 2008, according to recent figures from the General Medical Council (GMC).

In a bid to retain and attract more doctors, the Scottish Conservative Party launched a new campaign called ‘Save Our Surgeries’, urging ministers to increase the funding that goes to GP practices.

The campaign states that the Scottish Government should invest 11% of all NHS spending into general practice ’to boost working conditions, recruitment and retention’.

October 23, 2017

Practice managers are facing financial pressures as Primary Care Support England (PCSE) keeps failing to deliver its services.

Derby and Derbyshire Local Medical Committee (LMC) has raised concerns in a letter addressed to Dominic Hardy, the national director of Primary Care.

Cutting costs

The PCSE, also known as Capita, is responsible for delivering NHS England’s primary care support services. Some of its functions include reimbursing GP practices, making GP payments, registering new patients and storing medical records. 

October 20, 2017

It has been said that ‘practice managers are the key to the sustainability of primary care’. But what if GP practices could operate efficiently without them?

Virginia Patania held the title 'practice manager' of Jubilee Street practice until she traded her title in for ‘transformation partner’ three years ago.

Empowering the staff