General Practice Forward View award categories now open for applications
Applications are now open for the General Practice Awards, which will feature two sponsored by NHS England. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - May 25, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Improving access to general practice: updated communications guide and resources now available
NHS England has published an updated communications guide and resources to support commissioners and general practice providers to promote general practice services to patients. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - May 25, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

First recruits from international GP scheme to start work in September
The first GPs brought in through an international recruitment programme to bolster the declining general practice workforce will start work from September, NHS England has said. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - May 23, 2018 Category: Primary Care Tags: Commissioning News Source Type: news

RCGP manifesto demands campaign to fight loneliness and social isolation
A 'public health epidemic' of loneliness is undermining general practice, according to an RCGP report that warns most GPs see between one and five patients a day who have come in because they are lonely. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - May 22, 2018 Category: Primary Care Tags: News Source Type: news

General and personal medical services, England: final statistics, 31 December 2017 and provisional 31 March 2018
This publication includes a high-level overview of the numbers and details of all general practice staff groups in England, including by type, gender, and age, for provisional March 2018 data. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - May 21, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

How e-consultation helped us revolutionise our practice
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 manageChelston Hall Surgery in Torquay, South West England when he came across e-consultation. Hide related content:  Show related contentread more (Source: Management in Practice)
Source: Management in Practice - May 18, 2018 Category: Practice Management Authors: vfiore Tags: *** Editor ' s Pick Patient Access Patients Practice development Latest News Personal Practice Source Type: news

Soho GP practice targeted by CQC after losing all Chinese-speaking GPs
A team of CQC inspectors has made an unannounced visit to a GP practice in Soho, central London, after complaints that non-English speaking patients were receiving sub-standard care.  Chinese patients, who make up a third of the 5,200 patients registered at the Soho Square General Practice, have been turned away following the departure of both Chinese-speaking practice partners, as well as'all other experienced staff, at all levels'. Hide related content:  Show related contentread more (Source: Management in Practice)
Source: Management in Practice - May 16, 2018 Category: Practice Management Authors: vfiore Tags: *** Editor ' s Pick Complaints CQC Patient Access Practice management Latest News Source Type: news

NAPC backs stronger ties between GPs and community pharmacy
Guidance from the NAPC calls for greater integration of community pharmacy and general practice through its 'primary care home' model, to improve patients' health and empower them to self care. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - May 16, 2018 Category: Primary Care Tags: News Source Type: news

New guidance to help primary care homes integrate with pharmacies
Guidance from the NAPC calls for greater integration of community pharmacy and general practice through its 'primary care home' model, to improve patients' health and empower them to self care. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - May 16, 2018 Category: Primary Care Tags: News Source Type: news

Welsh practice staff to receive state-backed indemnity
GPs and health professionals working in NHS general practices will get clinical negligence indemnity backed by the Welsh Government, it has been announced.  Health secretary Vaughan Gething made the announcement today (14 May) after concerns were raised on increasing indemnity costs that could drive GPs away from general practice. Hide related content:  Show related contentread more (Source: Management in Practice)
Source: Management in Practice - May 14, 2018 Category: Practice Management Authors: vfiore Tags: *** Editor ' s Pick HR Practice development Latest News Source Type: news

GP at Hand cherry-picking is undermining practices, warns London's top GP
Online service GP at Hand's ability to 'cherry-pick' the patients on its list risks undermining general practice in the capital, London's top GP has warned. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - May 14, 2018 Category: Primary Care Tags: Practice News Source Type: news

Free children's visits increase care and workforce burden
(American Academy of Family Physicians) In July 2015, all children under six years of age gained free access to daytime and out-of-hours general practice services in the Republic of Ireland, resulting in a 25 percent increase in utilization. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - May 14, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Cap GP Appointments'To Protect Patient and Doctor Health'Cap GP Appointments'To Protect Patient and Doctor Health '
Could a cap on the number of daily consultations in general practice be the only way to protect the health of patients and their doctors in primary care in the face of dwindling resources and an increasing workload?Medscape News UK (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - May 11, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Family Medicine/Primary Care News Source Type: news

Exclusive: Partnership first choice career for only one in five GPs
Only one in five GPs say a partnership role is currently the most attractive career option in general practice, a GPonline poll has found. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - May 11, 2018 Category: Primary Care Tags: Practice News Source Type: news

Helping patients manage their referral online
NHS Digital will be sending information packs out this month to general practices explaining how patients can book their hospital appointments online. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - May 11, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Wales to launch state-backed GP indemnity deal from April 2019
A state-backed GP indemnity deal will be rolled out to cover all GPs working in NHS general practice in Wales from April 2019, the Welsh government has announced. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - May 10, 2018 Category: Primary Care Tags: Practice News Source Type: news

Spotlight on the 10 high impact actions
The RCGP has published an assessment of NHS England's time for care programme - specifically, its 10 high impact actions, which aim to cut workload in general practice. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - May 10, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

General practice extended access collection – March 2018
NHS England published the latest results (March data) from the extended access to general practice collection. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - May 10, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

£15m transformation funding for Northern Ireland primary care
NI government pledges £5m funding for roll-out of multidisciplinary teams in general practices Related items fromOnMedica Emergency care in Northern Ireland unsustainable, warn emergency doctors Decade of underfunded primary care must end, says GP leader Scottish government pledges ‘significant investment’ in primary care Investment in primary care leads to secondary care savings Extra GP-targeted investment would benefit whole NHS (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - May 10, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

GP continuity of care has dropped sharply this decade, study warns
Levels of continuity of care delivered by general practice in England have fallen by more than 25% in just six years, a study has found. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - May 8, 2018 Category: Primary Care Tags: News Source Type: news

How our practices are on track to save £70,000
Working at scale is becoming more common for practices. As of 2016, over half the country had formed into networks or federations of practices, said Dr Arvind Madan, director of primary care, at NHS England in the general practice forward view (GPFV).  In December 2017, a group of practice managers in Calderdale, West Yorkshire got together to discuss the possibility of working collaboratively. Hide related content:  Show related contentread more (Source: Management in Practice)
Source: Management in Practice - May 4, 2018 Category: Practice Management Authors: vfiore Tags: *** Editor ' s Pick HR Practice development Practice management Latest News Source Type: news

10-minute GP consultations are a 'disaster', says RCGP vice chair
The 10-minute consultation is a 'disaster' and unable to meet the demands placed on general practice, the RCGP's vice chair has said. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - May 2, 2018 Category: Primary Care Tags: Clinical News Source Type: news

600 mental health workers and 700 pharmacists added to GP practices
NHS England has recruited nearly 600 mental health workers and more than 700 clinical pharmacists to GP practices as of December 2017.  While GP leaders said the new staff members are'welcome' additions, they warned GPs have'big concerns' about the schemes with no recurrent funding planned beyond 2020.  This comes as NHS England is two years into its five-year plan to rejuvenate general practice by 2020 with the GP Forward View. Hide related content:  Show related contentread more (Source: Management in Practice)
Source: Management in Practice - May 1, 2018 Category: Practice Management Authors: vfiore Tags: *** Editor ' s Pick HR Practice development Latest News Source Type: news

Why it's time to see locums as part of the solution to the GP crisis
Locum GPs are an 'immense, forgotten resource' that can play a vital role in supporting a struggling general practice system, says GPC sessional subcommittee chair Dr Zoe Norris. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - May 1, 2018 Category: Primary Care Tags: Practice News Source Type: news

GP recruitment and retention - top tips
Sarah Want gives advice for getting it right for your healthcare practice as we are seeing an increase in the number of experienced GPs retiring early leading to an increase in recruiting less experienced salaried GPs Related items fromOnMedica General practice bucks trend in increasing NHS workforce College welcomes plans for overseas GP recruitment Policy and planning for NHS workforce - ‘not fit for purpose’ Social media could deter people from becoming GPs GPs welcome contract boost (Source: OnMedica Views)
Source: OnMedica Views - May 1, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

RCGP Wales: Government must take ‘urgent action’ to boost GP workforce
The general practice workforce in Wales must expand‘urgently’, the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) in Wales has warned.   The organisation, which represents GPs in Wales, said it had been warning‘for several years' that the GP workforce is at'tipping point’.  RCGP Wales chair Dr Rebecca Payne said:‘It is imperative that the Welsh Government takes urgent action to boost the GP workforce and expand the number of other healthcare professionals working in general practice.’Hide related content:  Show related contentread more (Source: Management in Practice)
Source: Management in Practice - April 30, 2018 Category: Practice Management Authors: vfiore Tags: *** Editor ' s Pick HR Patient Access Practice development Practice management Latest News Source Type: news

NHS Improvement team to examine variation among GPs
NHS Improvement’s top efficiency team has been asked by commissioners in London to tackle clinical variation in general practice, HSJ has learned. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - April 27, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

How thousands of South Asian doctors helped keep the NHS afloat
More than 10,000 doctors from South Asia kept the NHS going in its formative years and helped shape modern general practice, according to a book that has inspired an exhibition at the RCGP. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - April 25, 2018 Category: Primary Care Tags: People News Source Type: news

New funding model needed for general practice, study claims
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. Hide related content:  Show related contentread more (Source: Management in Practice)
Source: Management in Practice - April 24, 2018 Category: Practice Management Authors: vfiore Tags: *** Editor ' s Pick Finance Patients Practice management Latest News Source Type: news

NHS England invests millions into North of England primary care since GPFV launch
More than£75m has been invested to transform primary care services across the North of England since the General Practice Forward View (GPFV), NHS England has announced.  More than£45m has been invested to transform primary care across Cheshire and Merseyside, while£30m has been spent across Lancashire and South Cumbria, NHS England said today (20 April). Hide related content:  Show related contentread more (Source: Management in Practice)
Source: Management in Practice - April 20, 2018 Category: Practice Management Authors: vfiore Tags: *** Editor ' s Pick Finance Practice development Practice management Latest News Source Type: news

UK general practice 'envied around the world', says health minister
A health minister has dismissed claims that the structure of general practice is 'no longer fit for current demand', telling parliament the service is 'envied around the world' in part because of the partnership model. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - April 20, 2018 Category: Primary Care Tags: News Source Type: news

NICE opens consultation on asthma indicator
The consultation on proposed amendments to the NICE asthma indicators for general practice is open and runs from 17 April to 21 May 2018. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - April 18, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Welsh general practice most underfunded in UK
General practice in Wales receives lowest proportion of total NHS spend of all UK nations Related items fromOnMedica GPs ‘too exhausted’ to provide out-of-hours care One in five patients in Wales struggled to get GP appointment last year Share of NHS funding for GPs falls to 7.1% Government reforms will open up yawning gap for adult social care funding Broad welcome for NHS long-term funding plan (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - April 18, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Online consultations in general practice: the questions to ask.
This document contains a series of questions that patients, clinicians, practice staff or commissioners might wish to ask to get the most out of online services which support planned or actual consultations between patients and GPs. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - April 13, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

How your practice can save 700 ‘inappropriate appointments’ a year
Aylsham and Reepham Surgeries staff was aware of a number of frequent attenders to their practices, but they never analysed the problem until they came across theProductive General Practice (PGP) Quick Start programme.  With support from the NHS England’s Sustainable Improvement team, the practices pinpointed almost 700‘inappropriate appointments’ over a period of 12 months. Hide related content:  Show related contentread more (Source: Management in Practice)
Source: Management in Practice - April 12, 2018 Category: Practice Management Authors: vfiore Tags: *** Editor ' s Pick Patient Access Practice development Practice management Latest News Personal Practice Source Type: news

How your practice can save 700 ‘inappropriate' appointments a year
Aylsham and Reepham Surgeries staff was aware of a number of frequent attenders to their practices, but they never analysed the problem until they came across theProductive General Practice (PGP) Quick Start programme.  With support from the NHS England’s Sustainable Improvement team, the practices pinpointed almost 700‘inappropriate appointments’ over a period of 12 months. Hide related content:  Show related contentread more (Source: Management in Practice)
Source: Management in Practice - April 12, 2018 Category: Practice Management Authors: vfiore Tags: *** Editor ' s Pick Patient Access Practice development Practice management Latest News Personal Practice Source Type: news

Online consultations in general practice: the questions to ask
The RCGP has published a list of questions to consider before using online general practice services. It urges CCGs to consider whether online consultation systems are likely to address current demand or generate new demand. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - April 11, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Two charts that highlight problems for GPs diagnosing cancer
Some GPs warn that urgent cancer referrals are being blocked and access to key scans is limited. The charts below highlight the key problems for general practice. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - April 10, 2018 Category: Primary Care Tags: Cancer Source Type: news

National bodies agree on shared view of quality for general practice
This document consolidates and aligns key points from existing frameworks and descriptions to provide a joint view of the principles that define quality in general practice. It is intended this national strategy will form the basis for defining quality measures and best practice (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - April 10, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

National bodies agree on shared view of quality for general practice
The 11 national organisations responsible for the regulation and oversight of general practice in England have published a joint view of the principles that define quality in general practice. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - April 4, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

NHS bodies agree 'overarching principles' for quality in general practice
NHS regulators and other organisations have agreed key principles that define quality general practice, as part of a drive to ease workload for practices. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - March 29, 2018 Category: Primary Care Tags: Practice News Source Type: news

Signs of improvement but some concerns remain regarding providers of online GP services
A 2 External 0 0 0report false http://www.cqc.org.uk/news/releases/signs-improvement-some-concerns-remain-regarding-providers-online-gp-services false false%> on the quality of online primary care services, such as those that provide GP consultations and prescriptions through independent websites and apps has been published. Services have improved over the last 12 months but further action is needed to ensure they are as safe as general practice in physical premises. The CQC highlighted problems with prescribing drugs and carrying out checks on patients. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - March 27, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Concerns remain about providers of online GP services
The quality of online primary care services, such as those that provide GP consultations and prescriptions through independent websites and apps, has improved over the last 12 months but further action from providers and the wider system is needed to ensure they are as safe as general practice in physical premises. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - March 27, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

GP tells patients their inhalers could causing global warming
Dr Brett Montgomery, a senior lecturer in general practice at the University of Western Australia, advises his patients with asthma to use dry powder inhalers, which have no spray. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - March 26, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Webinar: effective business planning for practices
There are more demands than ever on general practice, and it ’s important that you have a clear plan to remain profitable and sustainable. A good plan will help you to assess the threats and opportunities ahead, formulate your options, and put you in control of your own destiny. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - March 22, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

In conversation with... Daniel Vincent
General practice has been suffering from a range of factors, including underfunding, heavy workload and lack of GPs. Léa Legraien talks to a practice manager to find out how he keeps his practice thriving.Q. What makes your practice stand out? A. Our fearless approach to innovation and change combined with a strong quality improvement methodology has helped us to stand out among an amazing crowd.Q. What's the key to successfully managing a practice?Hide related content:  Show related contentGallery: read more (Source: Management in Practice)
Source: Management in Practice - March 21, 2018 Category: Practice Management Authors: vfiore Tags: *** Editor ' s Pick Practice development Practice management Latest News Personal Practice Source Type: news

GP contract for 2018/19 to deliver £256m funding rise in England
Overall investment in general practice in England will rise £256.3m in 2018/19 under a contract deal expected to deliver an initial 1% pay rise for GPs. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - March 20, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Huddersfield practices to offer evening and weekend appointments
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.Hide related content:  Show related contentread more (Source: Management in Practice)
Source: Management in Practice - March 19, 2018 Category: Practice Management Authors: vfiore Tags: *** Editor ' s Pick Patient Access Patients Practice development Latest News Source Type: news

Do rates of depression vary by level of alcohol misuse in Australian general practice? - Hobden B, Bryant J, Sanson-Fisher R, Oldmeadow C, Carey M.
This study examined the prevalence of depression by level of alcohol misuse, and the sociodemographic factors associated with depression and increased ... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - March 19, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

Safer Prescribing and Care for the Elderly (SPACE): feasibility of audit and feedback plus practice mail-out to patients with high-risk prescribing - Wallis K, Tuckey R.
INTRODUCTION High-risk prescribing in general practice is common and places patients at increased risk of adverse events. AIM The Safer Prescribing and Care for the Elderly (SPACE) intervention, comprising audit and feedback plus practice mail-out to patie... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - March 15, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Elder Adults Source Type: news