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Wednesday 17 October 2018
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Topic: Practice management

October 16, 2018

A GP practice has been asked to temporarily suspend its services to patients following a CQC inspection earlier this month.
 
NHS Knowsley CCG announced on 9 October that the Aston Healthcare GP practice site at Gresford Medical Centre closed with ‘immediate effect’ following a CQC inspection on 3 October.
 
According to the CCG, the CQC sent a letter to Aston Healthcare requiring them to temporarily close the Gresford Medical Centre site, which closed on 8 October.
 

October 15, 2018

CCGs should fund the additional 1% pay uplift to the GP contract to help practice staff in their area attain an overall uplift of 3% this year, the BMA has said.
 
In a letter to CCG chairs, BMA GP committee chair Dr Richard Vautrey asked them to consider making a ‘one-off’ payment to practices by funding an extra 1% of the GP practice pay increase that the Government agreed on earlier this year.
 

October 15, 2018

All GPs in England will be able to refer patients experiencing loneliness to community activities and voluntary services by 2023, Prime Minister Theresa May has announced.
 
The Government will also partner with Royal Mail on a new scheme in Liverpool, New Malden and Whitby, where postal workers will check on lonely people as part of their rounds, and then link them to support if necessary.
 

October 12, 2018

Counting the birds in your garden, taking a walk on the beach, and building a bug hotel are all suggestions in a nature on prescription scheme launched in Shetland in partnership with the RSPB.

October 12, 2018

A flagship programme to relieve pressured GP practices has released over 192,000 hours of administrative time, NHS England has claimed.
 
It said the 'Time for Care' scheme, launched with the 2016 GP Forward View rescue plan, had also freed up 121,000 hours of clinical time.
 

October 11, 2018

A practice caring for patients under a Special Allocation Scheme (SAS) will close next year as it only has a limited number of patients.
 
The Birchtree practice in Stockton-on-Tees currently provides GP services to 460 patients. Of these, 42 are on the SAS scheme – which was introduced in 2004 to ensure individuals removed from other practices’ lists due to violent behaviour are still able to access GP care.
 

October 9, 2018

A PPG has been raising funds to help its practice buy a blood pressure monitor worth £1,000.
 
The Cromer Group Practice’s PPG, based in Cromer, Norfolk purchased the blood pressure monitor after it successfully raised the money required for it through fundraising events – including a cake sale – chair of the PPG Liz Hewett said.
 

October 5, 2018

The RCGP wants the Government to spend part of its £20bn NHS funding boost on GP e-consultation software and high-speed broadband.
 
RCGP chair Professor Helen Stokes-Lampard called on the Government to roll out e-consultation facilities in all GP practices by 2022.
 
She noted that without funding, it was ‘simply unfeasible’ to expect practices to implement new technology themselves.
 

October 3, 2018

Babylon's GP at Hand adverts have been banned by the advertising watchdog for not making it clear to patients they would be giving up their existing GP practice registration.
 

October 2, 2018

Practices and pharmacies should work collaboratively to administer the flu vaccine among the eligible population, three local bodies have said.
 

October 2, 2018

The BMA has warned that GP practices risk ‘going under’ if they take on email consultations without considering the practice’s capacity.

October 1, 2018

A GP practice is taking the initial steps to launch a legal challenge to open outside their contracted NHS hours.
 
New Forest Medical Group – a rural practice in Brockenhurst, Hampshire – is raising money to pay for solicitors’ work and has collected more than half of the total amount set as a target on its crowdfunding page in just over 24 hours.
 

September 26, 2018

NHS England has announced that it will cover the cost of extra shifts taken on by GPs over winter for another year.
 
The £10m pot will cover additional extended hours, out-of-hours and unscheduled care sessions, starting from 1 October.
 
This is the same level of funding as NHS England provided towards the scheme last year and it will finish at the same time, on 31 March.

September 25, 2018

Clinical pharmacists in GP practices can save around five hours of GP time per week and boost staff morale, a study has concluded.
 
The research, published today in the British Journal of General Practice, studied the impact of pharmacists across 16 practices in Inverclyde, caring for 82,000 people in a deprived part of Scotland.
 

September 21, 2018

A GP practice in Hebburn, Tyne and Wear has decided to hand back its APMS contract earlier than planned, leaving almost 3,000 patients having to register elsewhere.
 
The Park Surgery – whose closure will not affect The Glen Medical Group, operating from the same building – will continue to see patients until 31 March 2019.
 
NHS South Tyneside Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is now contacting patients to encourage them to register with another practice as soon as possible.
 

September 19, 2018

GP practices can administer the quadrivalent (QIV) flu vaccine to patients over 65 as a 'last resort' and still be reimbursed in the usual way, the BMA has said.
 
But the guidance said practices should, in the first instance, advise patients to return for their vaccination when the aTIV vaccine is in stock or signpost them to another provider.
 

September 18, 2018

GP practices should promote online GP services to university students, according to guidance issued by NHS England.
 
The document, published this month, outlines how online GP services can support students and what practices can do to advertise that they offer these features.
 

September 18, 2018

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 Flynn Reid, practice manager at The Abingdon Surgery in Abingdon, Oxfordshire 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?

September 17, 2018

A GP practice has reported losses of various medical items, after it was burgled last week.
 
The Lea Vale Medical Practice, located in the Liverpool Road Health Centre in Luton, told Bedfordshire police that several items went missing, ‘including a defibrillator, an ECG machine, a blood glucose machine, five boxes of clothes, a doctor’s stamp, boxes of condoms, paramedic emergency equipment and an iPhone 7’.
 

September 14, 2018

GP practices and A&E departments will ‘undoubtedly see’ a growing number of patients concerned over what health data means for them, a leading surgeon has predicted. 
 
Mr Richard Kerr, chair of the Royal College of Surgeons’ Commission on the Future of Surgery, has warned that the increased availability of new technologies such as wearable health devices and sensor will leave more patients alarmed over the data collected.
 

September 13, 2018

The new adjuvanted flu vaccine could save 30,000 GP consultations per year, Public Health England has said.
 
The vaccine - available for the first time this winter - could also cut hospitalisations by 2,000 and prevent over 700 flu-related deaths in England.
 

September 13, 2018

The NHS 10-year plan should focus on prevention and helping primary care to deliver it, the primary care workstream lead for the long-term plan has said.
 
Speaking at The King’s Fund Priorities for the 10-year plan event today, GP and Lancashire and South Cumbria ICS lead Amanda Doyle said that primary care is the ‘delivery arm’ of prevention.
 
She said that although the Five Year Forward View (FYFV) ‘majored’ on prevention, it was difficult to deliver on it because of the funding needed in the acute sector.

September 12, 2018

All practice staff should get vaccinated against influenza, both for their own and their patient’s health, the RCGP has said.
 
It comes as the NHS is asking all frontline staff to get their free flu jab, to achieve the highest possible level of vaccine coverage this winter and bulletproof the NHS for the coming winter.
 

September 11, 2018

A Scottish GP practice has taken the decision to close one of its branches after being unsuccessful at recruiting new GPs.
 
The Mill Practice in Dundee will close its Fintry Mill Medical Centre site and move all patients to the main site, Arthurstone Medical Centre, from 5 October.