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Topic: Procurement

May 31, 2017
A 5,000-patient branch practice has been forced to plan its closure after failing to recruit new GPs for vacant positions.

A 5,000-patient branch practice has been forced to plan its closure after failing to recruit new GPs for vacant positions.

The Folkestone East Family Practice in Kent will close on 1 November after a major recruitment campaign did not result in a single application.

The doctors will continue to provide services at the Sandgate Road Surgery, but patients fear they will not have capacity to absorb the whole patient list of its sister practice.

May 23, 2017
See your practice praised in the next Management In Practice - enter the MIP List 2017 now!

It is valuable for practices to promote their acheivments and make them visable to patients, commissioners, and inspectors alike.

As having an effective practice manager can be one of a practice's most priceless assests, this acheivement must be shared.

Management In Practice is inviting practice managers to apply to be in the MIP List 2017, which will name the 25 best practice managers in the UK.

May 22, 2017
Over 2,000 GPs providing care for more than 3 million patients could be lost to the NHS if their status is not protected during Brexit negotiations, the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) has warned.

Over 2,000 GPs providing care for more than 3 million patients could be lost to the NHS if their status is not protected during Brexit negotiations, the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) has warned.

The warning is based on a new analysis released today (22 May), which shows that 3,456,481 patients could be left without a family doctor if the 2,137 GPs from the European Union are forced to leave the UK.

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 9, 2017
Two practices in Norwich have come together to provide a housing and benefits advice service to patients aged over 60.

Two practices in Norwich have come together to provide a housing and benefits advice service to patients aged over 60.

The pilot scheme, introduced three years ago by Cotman Housing Association, is now being offered in practices for the first time at Lionwood Medical Practice and St Stephens Gate Medical Practice.

Trained advisors at the practices run clinics where older patients can ask questions, make an appointment or be referred to other services by their GP or nurse.

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.

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 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.

March 24, 2017
A shiny new GP surgery reopened after a state-of-the-art makeover. Dr Surinder Chaggar explains how he got the NHS to fund it.

A shiny new GP surgery reopened after a state-of-the-art makeover. Dr Surinder Chaggar explains how he got the NHS to fund it

Practice profile:
Forum Health Centre, Coventry
16,500 list size
6 partners
3 salaried GPs
3 registrars

We applied for the money through the Primary Care Infrastructure Fund (PCIF)

March 1, 2017
NHS chief executive Simon Stevens has announced upcoming changes to regional healthcare commissioning, during questioning from the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) in a select committee meeting on 27 February.

NHS chief executive Simon Stevens has announced upcoming changes to regional healthcare commissioning, during questioning from the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) in a committee meeting on 27 February.

There will be a new reorganisation of how NHS services are commissioned in parts of England, as NHS 'transformation' areas will receive 'governance rights' at the end of March, Stevens revealed.

February 15, 2017
Management in Practice spoke to practice manager Sue Wilkins ahead of the merger of her two Poole practices with a combined list size of over 20,000.

Management in Practice spoke to practice manager Sue Wilkins ahead of the merger of her two Poole practices with a combined list size of over 20,000.

Parkstone Health Centre and Madeira Practice are expected to become one practice on 1 April this year once the Madeira premises and merger site is refurbished.

Q. How has the state of primary care effected this decision?

December 1, 2016
A health commission is being set up to help thousands of patients temporarily left without GP care as four practices in one area are forced to close.

A health commission is being set up to help thousands of patients temporarily left without GP care as four practices in one area are forced to close.

West Lindsey District Council is leading the initiative to help patients in Gainsborough, Lincolnshire where Pottergate, Arboretum, Burton Road, and Metheringham practices are being shut down.

The provider Universal Health Limited, which went into liquidation in the summer, has revealed it will close the surgeries, it will officially shut-down on 7 January 2017.

November 21, 2016
Online consultations for patients are found to be popular with patients and save GPs time, according to a report by the Health Innovation Network South London.

Online consultations for patients are found to be popular with patients and save GPs time, according to a report by the Health Innovation Network South London.

Twenty Hurley Group practices in south London have been taking part in the pilot of an online self-triage and patient information service.

November 17, 2016
Practice managers and GPs must “suspend their cynicism” about the Forward View if it is going to work, according to the lead on primary care at NHS England.

Practice managers and GPs must “suspend their cynicism” about the Forward View if it is going to work, according to the lead on primary care at NHS England.

Speaking at Management in Practice London, NHS England’s national director of primary care, Dr Arvind Madan told the audience he understood “the cynicism” behind the Forward View which includes an extra £2.4bn a year for general practice from 2020, but there was “no plan B”.

October 3, 2016
The GMC has launched an inquiry after it was revealed that some online pharmacies have been overprescribing antibiotics

The General Medical Committee (GMC) has launched an inquiry following claims that some online pharmacies have been overprescribing antibiotics.

September 1, 2016
The NICE has published a draft quality standard on boosting the number of vaccinated children

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has published a draft quality standard on boosting the number of vaccinated children.

Latest figures from NHS Digital show that millions of children are unprotected against potentially lethal diseases, as child vaccination rates in England have been falling for the past two years.

In some areas of the country, fewer than 1 in 10 children are vaccinated against diseases such as polio and diphtheria and, unless uptake rates improve, there is a risk of these diseases resurging.

August 26, 2016
Rotavirus diagnoses have fallen significantly since a vaccination against the virus was introduced into the childhood immunisation schedule in 2013

Rotavirus diagnoses have fallen significantly since a vaccination against the virus was introduced into the childhood immunisation schedule in 2013.

Figures published by Public Health England have shown that the number of people diagnosed with rotavirus has dropped by 84% in the last three years.

Around 14,000 children were admitted to hospital each year as a result of the highly infectious virus, which can cause vomiting and diarrhoea, because of complications such as extreme dehydration.

August 15, 2016
Thousands are missing out on cancer treatments available in other countries because the UK system cannot negotiate prices

Thousands of NHS patients are missing out on cancer treatments available in other countries as UK drugs appraisal systems lack power to negotiate prices.

A new report by leading charities Breast Cancer Now and Prostate Cancer UK shows NHS cancer patients in the UK are missing out on treatments available in countries of similar wealth.

The report shows this is likely in part because UK appraisal systems, like the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE), are unable to negotiate the price of drugs.

June 16, 2016
Jeremy Hunt has urged healthcare managers to maintain quality care despite financial constraints or risk “disastrous consequences”

Jeremy Hunt has urged healthcare managers to maintain quality care despite financial constraints or risk “disastrous consequences”.

Speaking to delegates at the NHS Confederation Conference in Manchester today, the secretary of state for health said managers are asking if they should focus on access targets, quality care or their deficits.

June 30, 2015
Smaller social care providers are more effective than larger providers, according to a study from the University of Birmingham

Smaller social care providers are more effective than larger providers, according to a study from the University of Birmingham.

Micro-enterprises – defined as organisations comprising of five or fewer full-time staff – offer a more personal service to customers than larger enterprises such as agencies or local authorities, are more innovative, and provide better value for money, the research suggests.

June 27, 2014
A newly created GP federation in Exeter has been formed to allow the practices to compete for primary care services that commissioners decide to put out to tender

A newly created GP federation in Exeter has been formed to allow the practices to compete for primary care services that commissioners decide to put out to tender. 

Exeter Primary Care Ltd will be the only way to secure some contracts with GP practices in the area. 

The group of 16 GP practices hopes this will protect income streams. 

May 19, 2014
At least £33 million will have to be spent to re-procure NHS 111 services, NHS England has revealed

At least £33 million will have to be spent to re-procure NHS 111 services, NHS England has revealed. 

The urgent phone line’s roll our last year has seen services transferred back to out-of-hours providers after NHS Direct – the biggest supplier – withdrew from all contracts. 

The £33 million will be spent on top of funds from clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) who have had to procure services locally. 

May 15, 2014
As the services available to commissioners develop and grow, voluntary sector organisations and small medium enterprises are now joining the market

As the services available to commissioners develop and grow, voluntary sector organisations and small medium enterprises are now joining the market.

May 15, 2014
The rights of workers in medical supply chains should be better supported, the BMA has claimed

The rights of workers in medical supply chains should be better supported, the British Medical Association (BMA) has claimed. 

The NHS spends over £40 billion on procuring goods and services each year, however evidence is emerging that the basic employment rights of workers involved are infringed, and their health is at risk. 

New guidance released by the BMA calls on GPs and commissioners to adopt ethical procurement, encouraging them to raise the issue in their organisation.