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Topic: Premises

January 4, 2018

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) will rate more than 800 additional healthcare organisations in England, including independent doctors that offer digital medical advice and prescriptions.

December 13, 2017
December 11, 2017

Two GPs slept at their practice to avoid being late for their appointments the day after, the practice manager has told Pulse, our sister publication .

After news of a public transport strike, Dr Kathryn Illsley and Dr Tim Sowton, who commute daily to The Seascale Health Centre in Cumbria and were on duty the morning after, decided to sleep at work.

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.

November 23, 2017

Two weeks ahead of the Budget, NHS CEO Simon Stevens spoke at an NHS Providersconference in Birmingham to remind politicians of the £350m a week promised to the NHS during the Brexit campaign.

He said that, if there was a cash injection into the NHS, waiting lists will reach five million patients by 2021.

Instead, the Government has decided to give the NHS:

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 17, 2017

Over a quarter of GP practices now deal with more than 10,000 patients across the country.

A new report published by NHS Digital compared the proportion of practices by list size between October 2013 and October 2017.

It revealed that list sizes have been in steady decline over the past four years.

October 16, 2017

‘We’re losing two practices per week,’ NHS England's director of primary care revealed last week.

Speaking at the Royal College General Practitioner (RCGP) annual conference on 13 October, Dr Arvin Madan expressed his concerns on the future of general practice in a question-style event, among other healthcare professionals.

Practices under pressure

October 2, 2017

Eight practices and one out-of-hours emergency service will now treat homeless patients in a new scheme launched across Greater Manchester.

The programme, Homeless-Friendly, was created by Dr Zahid Mehmood, a managing partner at the Royton Medical Centre.

Starting today, 2 October, it aims to tackle inequalities surrounding homeless patients, who often struggle to see a GP.

‘We want to see a cultural shift towards homeless people in the way that everyone from banks to supermarkets has changed their attitude to those with dementia.

September 25, 2017

How can practice managers create a super-practice? Paul Conroy started originally with the invitation to all 38 practices in the area; 15 expressed interest and shared data initially, and 12 have crossed the finish line.

In North East Essex, we had a strong practice-based commissioning group in the days of primary care trusts, and we still retain a close-knit forum of local practice managers.

September 21, 2017

The Care Quality Commission (CCQ) found that one in seven GP practices rated inadequate across England failed to improve after re inspection.

The report, called the state of care in general practice, is the first of its kind to set out the findings of all 7,365 GP practices in the country.

The CQC analysed all GP practices from 2014 to 2017 in two phases. The practices rated inadequate or requiring improvement were then re inspected six months later.

September 8, 2017
Seven practices in Bury intend to merge into a single GP Practice, in a bid to 'enhance the future of General Practice, local patients and staff'.

Seven practices in Bury intend to merge into a single GP Practice, in a bid to 'enhance the future of General Practice, local patients and staff'.

The new practice, named Tower Family Healthcare, will be formed over the next 12 months with over 30 GPs. The seven surgeries will all keep their current buildings and patients will still be able to see their usual doctors, nurses or healthcare support workers.

June 21, 2017
Should you own and develop your own building, or find a reliable private sector partner to develop premises that you can lease? Monica Macheng
and Michael Hiscock from law firm Wright Hassall explore the options.

Should you own and develop your own building, or find a reliable private sector partner to develop premises that you can lease? Monica Macheng and Michael Hiscock from law firm Wright Hassall explore the options

Reading the NHS sustainability and transformation plan for Coventry and Warwickshire published recently, I was impressed by the bold opening statement of the vision for the local health and care economy: ‘To work together to deliver high-quality care, which supports our communities to live well, stay independent and enjoy life.’

May 17, 2017
A place of health and wellbeing, your GP Surgery needs to be a safe haven and one important factor of that is reducing the fire risk and preparing for the worst.

A place of health and wellbeing, your GP Surgery needs to be a safe haven and one important factor of that is reducing the fire risk and preparing for the worst.

Generally, NHS Property Services are your landlord, which means it is their responsibility to do the hard work. They should be carrying out risk assessments of the property and providing suitable fire detection, prevention, protection, and signage.

It is also their job to supply and maintain fire safety equipment, including fire extinguishers and fire blankets.

May 16, 2017

NHS England’s blueprint for service transformation, Next Steps on the Five Year Forward View, has a number of implications for primary care, including the creation of GP practice ‘hubs’ covering patient list sizes of 30,000 – 50,000 patients. Andrew Broadbent, a solicitor in the hlw Keeble Hawson litigation and dispute resolution team, looks at the potential impact of the new arrangements on practice partnership agreements and supplier contracts

May 8, 2017
A group of sixteen practices in the southeast have banded together to form a federation to ease pressure on their resources.

A group of sixteen practices in the southeast have banded together to form a federation to ease pressure on their resources.

The GP federation for Windsor, Ascot and Maidenhead (F-WAM), will see a group of surgeries from across the borough to share their expertise.

The federation was officially formed on 26 April after a year’s worth of preparation. The group will now have 140,000 registered patients on their list.

May 5, 2017
The Dispensing Doctor Association (DDA) has launched its 2017 general election manifesto, asking for all parties to protect rural dispensing practices.

The Dispensing Doctor Association (DDA) has launched its 2017 general election manifesto, asking for all parties to protect rural dispensing practices.

The association is calling on election candidates in each of the devolved nations to:

April 28, 2017
A North-east London practice has complained that their level of patient care is being adversely affected by an out-of-bounds clinical room.

A North-east London practice has complained that their level of patient care is being adversely affected by an out-of-bounds clinical room.

Driver & Partners practice in Forest Gate, is seeing up to 100 fewer patients a day due to the clinical room being out of service for months, according to practice staff.

The surgery has 7,000 patients on its list and can see up to 250 individuals in one day depending on how many rooms are available.

April 28, 2017
The new deal for general practice has surpassed expectations, but will it be enough to make a tangible improvement to practice finances? Alice Harrold examines the 2017/18 GP contract to find out what practices can expect in the coming year.

The new deal for general practice has surpassed expectations, but will it be enough to make a tangible improvement to practice finances? Alice Harrold examines the 2017/18 GP contract to find out what practices can expect in the coming year

The GP contract for 2017/18 gives the first indications that the Government is waking up to the need to stabilise primary care. The consequences for the NHS of an underfunded general practice are finally getting recognition.

April 27, 2017
A practice group in Sunderland has been threatened with closure after CQC inspectors placed it in special measures for a second time.

A practice group in Sunderland has been threatened with closure after CQC inspectors placed it in special measures for a second time.

Care Quality Commission (CQC) inspectors rated almost every aspect of care at Sunderland's Hylton Medical Group as 'inadequate' on 20 April.

The practice has lodged an appeal and is awaiting the outcome.

The group, which operates two sites for 5,240 patients, only came out of special measures a year ago.

April 7, 2017
Two of the largest practices in Plymouth have unveiled plans to merge later this year serving 60,000 patients across the region.

Two of the largest practices in Plymouth have unveiled plans to merge later this year, serving 60,000 patients across the region.

Beacon Medical Group and Ocean Health have partnered up and believe it marks a 'bright future for primary care' in and around Plymouth.

The GP partners will serve patients within the communities of Plympton, Chaddlewood, St Budeaux, Mannamead, Efford and Ivybridge.

April 7, 2017
The largest practice in the UK has backed NHS plans to extend its opening hours.

The largest practice in the UK has backed NHS plans to extend its opening hours.

The Leicester practice in Melton, called Latham House Medical Practice, has said it is ‘supportive’ of new NHS plans to increase access to GP surgeries, which could include an extension of opening hours into the evenings and at weekends.

April 3, 2017
Elliott Hall Medical Centre in Middlesex is the first practice in London to be awarded an ‘Outstanding’ rating by the Care Quality Commission (CQC).

Elliott Hall Medical Centre in Middlesex is the first practice in London to be awarded an ‘Outstanding’ rating by the Care Quality Commission (CQC).

The practice was rated as outstanding in all areas: Safe, Effective, Caring, Responsive, and Well-led.

Ursula Gallagher, CQC deputy chief inspector for primary care in London, told Management in Practice how the practice achieved this.

Arrival

April 3, 2017
The management of five GP practices in Sefton, Merseyside will be taken over by an urgent and community care provider today.

The management of five GP practices in Sefton, Merseyside will be taken over by an urgent and community care provider today (3 April).

UC24 is taking on the practices as part of its growing provision primary and urgent care services across Merseyside and the North West.

The new venture is UC24’s first contract to manage GP practices, and will mean further expansion of the organisation’s Wavertree-based workforce.