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Topic: Practice management

May 15, 2019

Kamaldeep Sahota, operational manager at King Edwards Medical Centre in London, explains how his practice dramatically improved its ability to recognise patients at risk of becoming diabetic 
A few years ago, King Edwards Medical Centre in Barking, east London, was struggling to identify pre-diabetic patients.
The problem was shared by other practices in the area, encouraging NHS Barking and Dagenham CCG to introduce a new initiative in 2016, to help its 37 practices reduce the number of undiagnosed diabetes cases.

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.

April 2, 2019

Primary care networks will ‘not normally’ cross CCG, STP or ‘integrated care systems’ boundaries, NHS England has said.
As part of the new five-year GP contract, practices will be provided with extra funding to join networks, which will see groups of practices serve 30-50,000 patients based on geography.

February 12, 2019

The NHS’s aim to keep people out of hospital by investing at community level could remain an ‘unrealised aspiration’ due to workforce shortages, a leading think tank has warned.
A report by the Health Foundation, published today, found that there is an ‘ongoing deterioration’ in the number of staff employed in primary and community care, nursing and mental health.

February 11, 2019

Severe cuts across the board to public health services proposed by a Midlands council will see practices inundated with patients, as they will be expected to cover work previously performed by sexual health and alcohol and drug dependency services.
The major cut backs by Walsall Council are thought to be some of the most drastic yet, by a single council. They stem from a reduction in central Government funding, which has forced the council to consult on reducing spending across many areas.

February 8, 2019

GP practices must make at least 25% of their appointments available for online booking by July, as part of the new GP contract.
The contract, negotiated by the BMA and NHS England, said digital access to GP services should increase for all patients, with the hope that this will help practices manage workload.
This comes after the NHS long-term plan pledged digital appointments to all patients, and said digital GP models will help grow GP numbers.

February 8, 2019

Management in Practice is speaking to a series of PMs on the front-line about what being a practice manager means to them.
Reporter Valeria Fiore talks to Anthony Howarth, business manager at West Gorton Medical Centre in Manchester about the challenges practice management poses and the future of the profession.

Q. How has being a practice manager changed since you first started out in the profession?

February 5, 2019

GP practices will receive an extra £5 for every child aged 10-11 they vaccinate with the MMR vaccine from April, under the new GP contract.
The five-year deal, agreed by NHS England and the BMA, includes the extra payment as part of an MMR catch-up campaign, which aims to reduce the current number of measles outbreaks.
This comes as a recent surge in measles cases led PHE to urge patients ensure if they have had two doses of the MMR vaccine, to check with their GP before going on holiday.

February 4, 2019

Practices will be requested to offer patients online access to their full medical records retrospectively from April 2020, as stated in the GP contract.
GP practices will be expected to make progress in 2019/20 towards offering online medical records, a requirement that will become contractual from April 2020, according to the new GP contract.

February 4, 2019

All patients will need to be covered by a primary care network, even if not all practices join them, according to the new GP contract.
The new five-year deal, published last week, aims to get 100% geographical coverage of primary care networks from 1 July this year.

February 1, 2019

Practices will be given access to a data protection officer (DPO) through their CCG, according to the new GP contract.
The five-year contract, announced by NHS England and the BMA yesterday, will also see a £20m funding boost added to the global sum each year – for the next three years – to cover GPs when dealing with subject access requests (SARs).

February 1, 2019

Practices will receive funding through the global sum to enable direct booking of GP appointments through NHS 111, NHS England has announced.
NHS England will allocate an annual £30m pot of funding to practices to help them introduce the service and cover costs arising from changes made to the extended hours access requirements

February 1, 2019

The Scottish government is giving dispensing practices £2,000 each to prepare for the upcoming Falsified Medicines Directive (FMD).
The money will allow practices to buy the equipment they need to meet the FMD terms, according to a Scottish Government spokesperson.
The Government said that dispensing practices will receive the money – which comes from a £500,000 improvement package to help them implement the directive – by the end of this financial year.

January 31, 2019

GPs who are drawing more than £150k per year in NHS funding will be named from 2020 as part of a drive to ‘increase transparency on NHS earnings’, officials said.
As part of the new contract, a new 'mechanism' will be put in place in future years to determine those GPs earning more than £150,000 a year - although it is unclear how this will work as yet.

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 30, 2019

A former challenger for Labour leader has publicly criticised GP practices' systems of allocating appointments to patients, calling them ‘frustrating and ineffective’.
In a series of posts, MP Owen Smith - who unsuccessfully challenged Jeremy Corbyn for the Labour Party leadership in 2016 - highlighted his own difficulties in securing a GP appointment through what he called the 'telephone at 8.30am and try your luck' system.

January 29, 2019

The supply of medicines will be prioritised over ‘vital food’ in the event of a no-deal Brexit, according to health secretary Matt Hancock.
Speaking before the Health and Social Care Committee yesterday, Mr Hancock assured MPs there will be continuity of the medicines supply in the UK, regardless of the Brexit scenario.

January 29, 2019

An NHS body could take on the lease of practices that find themselves in a ‘last partner standing’ situation, NHS England has said.
Speaking at the Westminster Health Forum Event in London on 24 January, NHS England director of primary care workforce and infrastructure programmes Ian Biggs presented the emerging themes of the upcoming General Practice Premises Policy Review.

January 25, 2019

GP practices can now order a single flu vaccine for all patients over the age of nine for the next flu season, NHS England has announced.
The new vaccine – QIVc – was licenced for use in the UK last week, and has been ruled safe and effective in all age groups over 9 years by the Government’s vaccination advisory body.

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 23, 2019

All practices in England will offer the NHS App to patients by 1 July 2019, NHS England said today.
The App, which was trialled with over 3,000 patients across 30 GP practices in England, is now being rolled out in England and is already available for patients to download from Apple App or Google Play stores.
A web-based version of it will be launched in the following months, NHS England said.

January 22, 2019

EU citizens, including NHS staff, who have paid £65 to cover the costs of their settled status application will be reimbursed, the Government has said.
Speaking in Parliament yesterday, Ms May said that ‘having listened to concerns from members and organisations like the3million group’, the Government will no longer request EU citizens to pay the application fee when the scheme is rolled out in full on 30 March.

January 21, 2019

GP practices have dealt with a growing number of homeless patients over the last five years, a BMA survey has found.
Over a quarter of the 178 GPs who responded to a BMA survey said a larger number of homeless patients visited their practice in the last five years.
Some of the respondents (18%) said their practice now dedicate greater time and resources to homeless patients, compared to five years ago.

January 17, 2019

GP patients in Gosport have been banned from switching surgeries after a dramatic exodus of patients from a hospital-managed GP practice left others overwhelmed.
The Hampshire town has seen 2,100 patients transfer to different practices after problems at the four-practice Willow Group, managed by Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust.
NHS Fareham and Gosport CCG, which took the decision, said the three-month restriction will remain in place until 31 March.