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July 11, 2018

A practice manager and a GP based in Macclesfield are urging people to adopt health lifestyles as a birthday gift to the NHS.
 
Chris Campbell-Kelly and Dr Louise Hastings based at the Park Lane Surgery in Macclesfield, Cheshire looked at self-care as one of the solutions that will help the NHS face the next 70 years.
 

July 6, 2018

Practice manager Kate Carr tells Valeria Fiore that keeping The Crookes Practice in Sheffield thriving takes determination, grit and a desire to make a difference
 
Q What do you love about your job?
 
A That I can make a difference. I’m also a partner at The Crookes Practice and involved in much of the decision-making.
 
Sometimes in primary care I feel the decision-making is quite drawn out, but here we tend to make decisions on the spot.
 

July 3, 2018

Nye Bevan’s towering accomplishment was the creation of the National Health Service in 1948. The son of a Welsh coal miner, he displayed a steely determination and hatred of the class system from a young age, becoming one of the most important ministers in the post war Labour government and the chief pioneer of nationalised hospitals and free medical care for all. Emma Dent reports
 
For all the efforts of many politicians, few have their name indelibly linked with their achievements.
 

July 2, 2018

The £20bn funding increase ahead of the NHS’s 70th birthday is a welcome surprise. But how it is spent will be crucial to the service’s survival over the next 70 years, says Angela Sharda
 

June 29, 2018

Deputy editor Angela Sharda speaks to Aneira Thomas about her remarkable life ‘as the first baby born on the NHS’ and what the health service means to her
 

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 6, 2018

Forty per cent of all GP appointments now see patients raise a mental health problem, a survey has revealed.
 
More than 1,000 GPs took part in the study, which also found that two in three GPs had seen an increase in the number of patients needing help with their mental health over the past 12 months.
 
The survey conducted by Mind adds weight to a growing body of evidence that suggests mental health is becoming an increasingly large part of a GP’s workload.
 

June 6, 2018

The Public Account Committee (PAC) has declared that NHS England has been ‘too slow’ in reviewing mishandled  clinical correspondence.
 
In a report published today, the PAC lamented the way the health service is dealing with mistakes made by NHS Shared Business Services (NHSSBS) in forwarding misdirected correspondence sent to the wrong practices by hospitals.
 

May 23, 2018

The RCGP has launched a UK-wide campaign to tackle the ‘epidemic of loneliness’ and social isolation affecting millions of patients.
 
A survey carried out by the RCGP found that three out of four GP see between one and five people a day who have come in mainly because they are lonely.
 
The college is calling for every GP to have access to a social prescriber to help people make connections to prevent them becoming isolated and lonely.
 

May 18, 2018

As part of the General Practice Forward View, £45m has been invested to help practices purchase online consultation systems.
 
Practice manager Mark Thomas was looking for a better way to manage Chelston Hall Surgery in Torquay, South West England when he came across e-consultation.
 

May 11, 2018

A GP practice with over 14,000 patients has been temporarily suspended by the CQC following concerns over patient safety.
 
The Staunton Group Practice in Haringey has been suspended for six months with the four GP partners ‘unable to see patients at the practice’ during this time.
 
An 11-practice partnership in nearby Enfield has had to step in to care for the patients.
 
With 14,658 patients registered at the practice, it is thought to be one of the biggest practices to be suspended by the CQC.

April 26, 2018

GPC IT policy lead Dr Paul Cundy runs through a check list of actions for practices to prepare for the EU General Data Protection Regulation
 
With the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) due to come into force on 25 May, GPC IT policy lead Dr Paul Cundy runs through a check list of actions to help you get prepared.
 

April 24, 2018

General practice needs a new funding model to respond to workload and staffing challenges, a study has claimed.
 
NHS England takes into consideration only a limited number of variables considered relevant to workload and staffing when allocating resources, researchers from Oxford, Cambridge and Bristol suggested.
 

April 23, 2018

An assistant practice manager based in a practice in Doncaster, South Yorkshire has raised £4,120 for charity after completing the Virgin Money London Marathon yesterday.
 
Vickie Hassall, who works at Kingthorne Group Practice, ran over five hours to reach the finish line on April 22.
 
Team KT
 
Ms Hassall said that she received great support from both patients and staff members.
 

April 20, 2018

GP leaders in Kent have called on local police officers to stop 'intimidating' practices into handing over patient records.
 
The officers were said to have entered surgeries demanding patient records but were unable to show the request had been authorised by a supervisor.
 
LMC leaders said that, in some cases, practices ‘inadvertently’ gave police officers the data – later realising it is against patient confidentiality.
 

April 17, 2018

Deben Health Group, made up of seven rural Suffolk practice,  decided to look into care navigation when confronted with the difficulty of hiring GPs.
 
After receiving guidance from NHS England though the Time for Care programme, they jointly wrote guidance to enable their receptionists to better navigate patients to the appropriate care.
 

April 16, 2018

The Home Office must be prevented from using GP patient data ‘like the yellow pages’, the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) has urged.
 
The comment follows renewed calls from the health and social care committee for NHS Digital to suspend an agreement – known as a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) – that allows it to share data with the Home Office.
 
RCGP chair Helen Stokes-Lampard said that the current approach followed by the Home Office risks putting off patients from visiting their GP practices.

April 9, 2018

GP practices will offer the shingles vaccine throughout the year to patients over the age of 70.
 
A letter by Public Health England (PHE) and NHS England sent to practices today (9 April) specified that patients aged 70 and 78 years old will now be eligible for their shingles vaccine from the date of their birthday.
 

April 5, 2018

PPGs have existed since 1972 when they were introduced by Dr Peter Pritchard but GP practices have only been contractually required to have a Patient Participation Group (PPG) since 2015.
 
There are no specific requirements on how to run a PPG but Dr Patricia Wilkie OBE, National Association of Patient Participation (NAPP) president and chairman, volunteers to help GPs and practice managers to understand the benefits of having a PPG.
 

April 3, 2018

Adelaide Street Surgery in Blackpool was struggling to hire more GPs to meet a growing demand of appointments from its patients.
 
The practice management team and GP partners met to come up with a workforce strategy, which resulted in the decision to hire two paramedics.
 
The move came after a positive experience in 2015, when the practice hired its first paramedic to deal with acute on the day emergencies.
 
On top of being able to save £20,000 a year, the team could offer an extra 88 appointments per week.

April 3, 2018

Hundreds of advanced paramedics will start prescribing medicines as early as 2019 in a bid to take the pressure off GP practices and hospitals, NHS England has said.

Around 700 advanced paramedics will be able to prescribe medication to patients who do not need hospital treatment, following an amendment to the human medicines regulations (2012), which came into force yesterday (1 April).

March 28, 2018

The number of online GP service users has increased by over 40% in one year, NHS England has said.

Figures by NHS England published yesterday (27 March) revealed a 42% increase in the number of people using online services compared to this time last year and, according to NHS Digital figures, ‘some one million appointments are being made or cancelled online every month’.

March 20, 2018

EXCLUSIVE

Less than half of GP practices in England offer free Wi-Fi to their patients because of comissioners' logistics delays, Management in Practice has learned.

NHS Digital said that, as of 19 March, only 43% of GP practices (approximately 3,261 practices) offer Wi-Fi services to their patients, despite the target of providing free Wi-Fi to all patients by 31 December 2017.

March 19, 2018

Some GP practices in Huddersfield, West Yorkshire will start offering evening and weekend appointments, the commissioning body has announced.

NHS Greater Huddersfield Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) will offer these extra appointments from 31 March in a bid to help reduce pressures on both general practices and hospital emergency departments, while giving patients a convenient choice to access GP appointments out-of-hours.