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Topic: Practice development

July 8, 2019

As of 1 July, primary care networks (PCNs) are now live across England. PCNs are groups of practices and other primary care professionals that cover between 30,000 and 50,000 patients.
GP practices have been kept abreast of PCN-related deadlines through multiple channels and most English GP practices are now part of a PCN.

July 8, 2019

A GP practice in Wrexham has declared it can no longer cope with the demand created by new housing developments.
Alyn Family Doctors is already consulting on a proposal to close one of its practices, Gresford Health Centre, because it 'cannot safely staff' the branch following an 'unmanageable' increase in demand.
It plans to relocate patients to its others branches in the villages of Rossett and Llay.

July 2, 2019

As of 1 July, primary care networks (PCNs) are now live across England. PCNs are groups of practices and other primary care professionals that cover between 30,000 and 50,000 patients.
GP practices have been kept abreast of PCN-related deadlines through multiple channels and most English GP practices are now part of a PCN.

June 28, 2019

Babylon will be forced to open new premises across England, and existing primary care networks will be obliged to take them on under new proposals launched today by NHS England.
Under the new plans, which are being consulted on by NHS England, once a practice has more than a certain number of out-of-area patients in a particular CCG – either 1,000 or 2,000 – they will be forced to hold a new contract in that CCG.
This will be an APMS contract, and the practice will be required to open a premises in that CCG.

June 14, 2019

We were the first practice in the country to be connected to the NHS App, back in September 2018. Now, three quarters of all practices across England are connected, with more practices being linked in every day.
However, as we discovered, it isn’t just as simple as having your practice switched on and you are good to go – there was preparation work we needed to do. I would like to share our experience, hoping it will act as useful guidance and advice for practices that are being connected now during the national rollout.

June 14, 2019

NHS Isle of Wight CCG has approved the first GP practice mergers on the island.
Carisbrooke Medical Centre and the Dower House Surgery, in Newport, will merge from 1 October, while Ventnor Medical Centre and Grove House Surgery, in Ventnor, will become one organisation from 1 April 2020.

April 9, 2019

Valeria Fiore speaks to Dr Minesh Patel, chair of the National Association of Primary Care (NAPC) about how primary care homes and networks will drive the delivery of the long-term plan.
All patients are expected to be covered by an integrated care system (ICS) by April 2021, NHS England stated in the long-term plan.
However, when it comes to providing integrated primary care services to a local population, the task will fall to primary care networks (PCNs), which are expected to be up and running by July this year.

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.