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Topic: Practice development

August 7, 2018

The RCGP is calling for a major update of the general practice forward view (GPFV) and for more money to be injected into the programme.
The GPFV was published in April 2016. It is an aid of support for general practice , underpinned by extra money, and identified challenges that needed to be addressed within general practice. 
NHS England needs to invest an extra £2.5bn a year by 2020/21 on top of the additional funding of £2.4bn a year already pledged in the GPFV, the RCGP said. 

August 6, 2018

In 2015, NHS East Berkshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) launched a six-month pilot in Slough to test a new type of care programme that would help them identify those most at risk of hospital admission.

August 6, 2018

NHS England director of primary care Dr Arvind Madan resigned on 5 August following controversy over inflammatory online comments.
Dr Madan was appointed as NHS England director of primary care in October 2015 and part of his remit was to design and implement the General Practice Forward View.
So why did Dr Madan decide to resign? Here is a summary of his final turbulent days as NHS England's top GP.
The straw that broke the camel's back

July 31, 2018

Modality Partnership, one of the first GP super-partnerships in the UK, is growing its patient list size to around 380,000 with the addition of eight GP practices in Walsall in the West Midlands.

NHS Walsall Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) selected the GP organisation as the new provider for eight practices in the area, following a public consultation in August 2017.

July 30, 2018

GP practices can sign up to become ‘veteran friendly’ under a new national scheme to improve medical care and treatment for former armed service members.
The programme, which has been backed by NHS England and the RCGP, requires practices to offer extra support for ex-military personnel, such as undertaking dedicated training, attending armed forces healthcare meetings and assigning a veteran lead in the practice.

July 23, 2018

Health secretary Matt Hancock has promised a £4.5m investment towards social prescribing schemes such as gardening or arts clubs.
Speaking to the TimesMr Hancock said the money could be used to set up social prescribing options - such as sports clubs - or help GP practices employ staff to signpost patients to local organisations.

July 20, 2018

A GP practice in Lancashire was awarded a £40K grant to collect and share memories of healthcare from the last 70 years or more.
Lostock Hall Medical Centre in Preston was the successful bidder of a Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) grant, through which it will explore the local history of healthcare.
On Saturday 21 July, practice manager David Pearson will be launching the Doctor Doctor project, through which his practice will collect patient’s stories and artefacts from the past.

July 19, 2018

Around 850,000 people in the UK have been diagnosed with dementia, with the number set to increase to one million by 2021, according to the Alzheimer’s Society.
As artificial intelligence (AI) advances, it will become easier to predict undiagnosed dementia in primary care and offer early access to treatment and support to those affected by different types of dementia.

July 9, 2018

GP vacancy rates are at the highest level ever recorded, with one in six positions currently unfilled, a major Pulse survey has revealed.
Our sister publication Pulse's annual vacancy survey of 658 GPs found that 15.3% of GP positions are currently empty, up from 12.2% last year, and 11.7% in 2016.
It also showed that the recruitment issues were concentrated on certain practices, with two-thirds of the vacancies reported at practices where there were more than one position unfilled.

July 4, 2018

Valeria Fiore speaks to three different practice managers about what they are doing to honour the service’s landmark birthday
Veg on prescription
Alvanley Family Practice, Stockport: Practice manager Kay Keane and health champion David Chorlton will launch a practice allotment on 5 July 2018, to celebrate the NHS turning 70.

July 4, 2018

NHS England has launched a consultation that 'could herald the most substantial changes to the GP contract since 2004', according to board papers.

July 2, 2018

Patients will be able to book GP appointments using a new NHS app from the end of this year, the health secretary has said.
Jeremy Hunt said the app, which was first announced at NHS Expo last year, will ‘mark the death-knell of the 8am scramble for GP appointments’.
The app will also allow patients to order repeat prescriptions, access NHS 111 online, and set their organ donation preferences and data-sharing preferences.

June 29, 2018

From one-doctor practices in the GP’s home to large-scale, computer-centred premises — general practice has changed significantly since 1948. Valeria Fiore tracks its progress over the past 70 years
There were no celebrations, no bands or public processions and few preliminary special pronouncements on 5 July 1948. I worked from the same premises as before, with the same arrangements for consultations and home visits for the same patients and with the same part-time staff, my wife.’

June 26, 2018

The foundation of general practice has ‘serious structural faults’ and is at ‘risk of collapse’, a leading GP has said.  
Speaking to BMA members at its annual conference in Brighton, BMA GP committee chair Dr Richard Vautrey said that despite the challenges that general practices faces today, its foundations can be rebuilt to ensure the future of the health service.

June 26, 2018

A few years ago, merging was a daring move for practices. But more surgeries are now finding that it’s the way to remain sustainable, reports Valeria Fiore

June 22, 2018

A GP practice in Greater Manchester has agreed to become ‘homeless-friendly’ to ensure all patients receive great care regardless of whether or not they have a permanent address.
The Hopwood Medical Centre in Heywood, Manchester took the decision as part of a programme encouraging surgeries to help rough sleepers access services such as housing, training and addiction treatment. 

June 21, 2018

General practices across the UK are being encouraged to apply to become ‘Parkrun practices’ as part of a joint initiative by the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) and Parkrun UK.
The initiative could see thousands of patients being ‘prescribed’ physical activity instead of medication and improve the quality of life for practice staff, patients and carers, the RCGP said.
Parkruns are free, volunteer-led 5k events that take place every Saturday morning across the UK.

June 13, 2018

Practice managers are critical in enabling GPs to run their practice effectively, a report by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) has concluded.

June 13, 2018

Richmond Road Medical Centre, recognised for its achievements at last year’s GP Awards, has transformed the services it offers to patients in Hackney
In 2016, the team at Richmond Road Medical Centre in Hackney, East London, knew that without 'drastic change', their practice risked going under.
A small practice of 3,500 patients, the surgery had seen an influx of young adults with new health care needs and access demands. At the time, there was already a one to two week wait for an appointment with the GP.

June 8, 2018

The British Medical Association (BMA) is recommending the NHS to simplify the application process for practice manager development funding.
In an analysis published today on the general practice forward view (GPFV), the medical trade union said the process to access the funding allocated to the practice manager development programme ‘needs to be simplified’.

June 8, 2018

One in five patients who signed up with the GP at Hand app in southeast London has re-registered with their original GP practice, CCG board papers have revealed.
Since November, private company Babylon has made use of the out-of-area registration scheme, and a host GP practice in Fulham, to sign up over 20,000 NHS patients across London.

June 8, 2018

More than 600 GP practices will close in England if the Government fails to increase funding for general practice, the BMA has said.
In its analysis of NHS England’s GP Forward View, the BMA’s GP Committee said that current funding for general practice is £3.7bn short of its target of 11% of the NHS budget.

June 7, 2018

Innovative models of general practice need to be developed to deliver GP services effectively in the future, The King’s Fund has said.

In a report published today, the think tank stated that ‘new clinical delivery models are needed to meet demand’ and provide effective GP services in the years to come.

June 7, 2018

The Prime Minister is committed to pouring more money into the NHS, health and social care secretary Jeremy Hunt confirmed in an interview with The Guardian today. 
In March, Ms May announced long-term funding plans for the NHS and she will honour her pledge as the national health system turns 70, Mr Hunt stated.