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GPs ignored in 2017 budget as NHS England hints at cuts to services
GP leaders hit out at chancellor Philip Hammond for ignoring general practice in his 2017 budget, as NHS England officials hinted that a 'disappointing' £2.8bn funding hike for the health service could force cuts. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - November 22, 2017 Category: Primary Care Tags: Practice News Source Type: news

Budget must supply funding for GPs to tackle winter pressures, RCGP says
The RCGP has written to chancellor Philip Hammond urging him not to overlook general practice for emergency winter funding in his autumn budget speech today. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - November 22, 2017 Category: Primary Care Tags: Practice News Source Type: news

General practice has lost almost 2,000 partners in just two years
Numbers of GP partners in England crashed by almost 2,000 in the two years from September 2015 to September 2017, official NHS data reveal. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - November 21, 2017 Category: Primary Care Tags: Practice News Source Type: news

List closure 'only option' for rising number of GPs, warns BMA ahead of 2017 budget
BMA chair Dr Chaand Nagpaul highlighted the crisis facing general practice in a letter to chancellor Philip Hammond as the government prepares to unveil its budget plans on Wednesday. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - November 21, 2017 Category: Primary Care Tags: Practice News Source Type: news

GPs encouraged to do home visits only in mornings
NHS asks GPs to avoid afternoon home visits to prevent A&E surges Related items fromOnMedica Medicine management concerns in home care New primary care model needs resources, say experts GP leader urges caution over ‘super-hub’ general practice The incredible invisible bed crisis Home care visits should last at least 30 minutes (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - November 21, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Collaborative arrangements for general practice
General practices are starting to work more collaboratively. However, it is important to take time to agree the purpose, vision and function of the collaboration rather than moving directly to forming a company. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - November 17, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

What happens when you are referred by your GP to see a specialist? – patient leaflet published
New measures have been introduced into the NHS Standard Contract to try to provide more seamless care for patients between general practices and hospitals - a commitment in the General Practice Forward View. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - November 17, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Continuity of GP care could prevent emergency hospitalisation
Seeing different GP every time doubles risk of hospitalisation Related items fromOnMedica Can super-hub practices work? GP leader urges caution over ‘super-hub’ general practice Seeing the same GP associated with fewer admissions Primary Care Home has positive impact on care and services The incredible invisible bed crisis (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - November 16, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Great customer service in general practice
Reception teams can improve the experience of patients and practice staff by taking simple steps to improve customer service. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - November 16, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Continuity of care halves risk of emergency hospital admission, research suggests
Patients aged over 65 with poor continuity of care in general practice are more than twice as likely to face an emergency hospital admission as patients with high continuity of care, UK research suggests. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - November 13, 2017 Category: Primary Care Tags: Practice News Source Type: news

Scottish practice nurses to be ‘expert nursing generalists’
A new general practice contract being proposed for Scotland will offer “new opportunities” for nurses working in primary care, with more roles coming their way, according to documents released today. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - November 13, 2017 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Extended access to general practice bi-annual data collection
NHS England has published the results of the third extended access to general practice bi-annual data collection. 93.6% of practices responded to the third survey, covering 55.3 million (94.6%) registered patients. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - November 13, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Clinical pharmacists in general practice phase 2
This enhanced service (ES) is designed to allocate the financial offer to providers of primary medical services for employing or gaining access to a clinical pharmacist and/or senior clinical pharmacist through the clinical pharmacists in general practice programme, now in its second phase. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - November 13, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Doctors unveils plan to ‘save’ general practice
BMA says six key problem areas must be addressed to ensure a sustainable future Related items fromOnMedica BMA warns general practice is on 'brink of collapse' Indemnity costs may lead GPs to quit general practice Action plan to revive general practice nursing Government missing targets on GP investment General Practice must be ‘properly supported’ (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - November 13, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

GPs reject call for 'private, alternative model' of general practice
LMCs have rejected a call for the GPC to develop a 'private, alternative model' of general practice to support GPs who feel they can no longer operate in the NHS. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - November 10, 2017 Category: Primary Care Tags: Practice News Source Type: news

Locum GPs need more support and protection, LMCs warn
GP leaders at the England LMCs conference have called on the GPC to formulate a 'blueprint for the future of general practice' that will improve support for sessional GPs. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - November 10, 2017 Category: Primary Care Tags: Practice News Source Type: news

Read Dr Richard Vautrey's England LMCs conference speech in full
In his speech to the inaugural England LMCs conference, GPC chair Dr Richard Vautrey warned that the profession will be £3.4bn short of the share of NHS funding it needs by 2020/21 - and vowed that GPs would continue to fight for their patients and to save general practice. Read his speech in full below. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - November 10, 2017 Category: Primary Care Tags: Practice News Source Type: news

General practice at the heart of change
In Manchester, ten local care organisations will form a major part of the fabric of the £6bn devolution programme. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - November 10, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

General Practice Forward View: online consultations fund launched
Full details have now been published of the £45 million fund to stimulate the use of online consultations announced in the General Practice Forward View. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - November 10, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Give NHS more cash, GP leader urges government
And don ’t slacken up on primary care: crisis is far from over, says Richard Vautrey Related items fromOnMedica GP Forward View has had ‘patchy’ first year DH to develop state-backed indemnity scheme for GPs General practice still on brink of collapse, warn GP leaders Government missing targets on GP investment General Practice must be ‘properly supported’ (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - November 10, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

GP funding 'nowhere near enough', warns GPC chair
Recent increases in GP funding are 'nowhere near enough' to tackle the crisis facing general practice in England, GPC chair Dr Richard Vautrey will tell LMC leaders today. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - November 9, 2017 Category: Primary Care Tags: Practice News Source Type: news

Full coverage: England LMCs conference 2017
The first-ever England-only LMCs conference is taking place on Friday 10 November, with GP representatives gathering to debate motions including workload, new care models and privatisation of general practice. Keep track of all the key issues with GPonline. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - November 9, 2017 Category: Primary Care Tags: Practice News Source Type: news

Use of an electronic consultation system in primary care: a qualitative interview study
Twenty-three interviews were carried out across 6 general practices. Most routine e-consultations resulted in GPs needing to follow up with a telephone or face-to-face appointment because e-consultation did not contain sufficient information to inform clinical decision making. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - November 9, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Folkestone East practice closes due to funding and recruitment issues
Recruitment and funding problems have contributed to the closure of Folkestone East practice in Kent, says practice manager Christopher Lewis. He also added that further investment in general practice is needed to help practices which are struggling with the current crisis.Hide related content:  Show related contentread more (Source: Management in Practice)
Source: Management in Practice - November 8, 2017 Category: Practice Management Authors: Angela Sharda Tags: *** Editor ' s Pick Patient Access Patients Latest News Source Type: news

Contract and ownership type of general practices and patient experience in England: multilevel analysis of a national cross-sectional survey
This analysis of the General Practice Patient Survey found patients registered at practices owned by limited companies, including large organisations, reported worse overall experiences than those registered at General Medical Services practices. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - November 7, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

GPs ’ goodwill and resilience propping up NI general practice
Northern Ireland general practice spend lowest in UK, and fewer GPs per head than in the 1950s Related items fromOnMedica Doctors seek assurances on extra funding for health in Northern Ireland Act now on health reform in Northern Ireland demand doctors ’ leaders GPs in Northern Ireland ask patients to self-treat over winter General practice still on brink of collapse, warn GP leaders BMA calls for maximum number of patients per GP (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - November 7, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Improving access to general practice: national slidepack.
This slidepack has been produced to support the roll-out of improved access to general practice and is aimed at general practice staff and commissioners (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - November 6, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Doctors express concerns over new GP consultation app
RCGP says ‘GP at hand’ service could create twin-track general practice Related items fromOnMedica NHS pilots medical advice smartphone app Hunt promises to expand NHS digital services Week-long waiting times to see a GP could rise sharply Demand for seven-day GP services will grow with time GPs should offer more online services (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - November 6, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Sustainability and beyond: supporting your practices to develop
The GP forward view sets out a vision for general practice that starts with practical steps to free up GP time, improve efficiency and make better use of the skills available in the workforce. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - November 6, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

How physician associates can help general practice
The GP Forward View promised 1,000 physician associates to support general practice by 2020. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - November 6, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Improving access to general practice - slides
NHS England has published slides to support improved access to general practice, as detailed in the NHS operational planning and contracting guidance 2017-19. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - November 3, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Online consultations 'can free up an hour' of GPs' time each day
Some practices are freeing up around an hour of their GPs' time each day by embracing online consultations, NHS England's head of general practice development has said. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - November 2, 2017 Category: Primary Care Tags: Practice News Source Type: news

General Practice must be ‘properly supported’
Survey reveals widespread GP burnout Related items fromOnMedica GPs and staff given free access to occupational health Staff burnout could derail the NHS ’s drive for efficiency Guide launched to ease stress on GPs BMA calls for maximum number of patients per GP Unrelenting demand (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - November 2, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Great customer service in general practice
Reception teams can improve the experience of patients and practice staff by taking simple steps to improve customer service. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - November 2, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Privatisation not the answer to GP crisis, RCGP warns LMCs
Privatisation of general practice should not be considered 'in any shape or form', the RCGP has warned as LMCs prepare to debate a call for the BMA to explore how GPs could quit the NHS and operate privately. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - October 31, 2017 Category: Primary Care Tags: Practice News Source Type: news

Doctors urged to sign petition demanding specialist recognition for GPs
A GP has set up a petition demanding that the government recognises general practice as a specialty, warning that its failure to do so despite GMC, RCGP and GPC backing is damaging doctors' morale. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - October 30, 2017 Category: Primary Care Tags: Practice News Source Type: news

Improving access to general practice services
NHS England has issued a reminder to primary care commissioners and general practices of a resource available to help reduce inequalities of access to GP services. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - October 30, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Updated guidance on International GP recruitment
NHS England ’s general practice workforce team has published updated guidance for commissioners on the International GP recruitment programme. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - October 27, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Are practices getting the £171m promised in the GPFV?
NHS England is currently investigating whether Commissioning Clinical Groups (CCGs) are delivering the£171m to transform GP practices. The General Practice Forward View (GPFV) allocated£171m to CCGs for practice transformational support. CCGs are expected to spend around£3 per patient, as a one off non-recurrent investment, from 2017/18. The investment can either be split over two years or take place in 2017/18 or 2018/19, as decided by the CCGs.Hide related content:  Show related contentread more (Source: Management in Practice)
Source: Management in Practice - October 26, 2017 Category: Practice Management Authors: llegraien Tags: *** Editor ' s Pick Finance Patient Access Practice development Latest News Source Type: news

Will CCGs take full control of general practice?
All 207 Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) could be in charge of primary care from April 2018. NHS England wants the majority of CCGs to apply for full delegation, on the commissioning of GP practices’ services, before 1 November. Enhancing primary care In a document describing the application process, NHS England wrote:‘The delegated commissioning model is delivering a number of benefits for CCGs and local populations.Hide related content:  Show related contentread more (Source: Management in Practice)
Source: Management in Practice - October 25, 2017 Category: Practice Management Authors: llegraien Tags: *** Editor ' s Pick Patient Access Practice development Practice management Latest News Source Type: news

Scottish practices have lost 3,000 GPs in 10 years
Around 3,000 GPs have left Scotland to work abroad since 2008, according to recent figures from the General Medical Council (GMC). In a bid to retain and attract more doctors, the Scottish Conservative Party launched a new campaign called‘Save Our Surgeries’, urging ministers to increase the funding that goes to GP practices. The campaign states that the Scottish Government should invest 11% of all NHS spending into general practice’to boost working conditions, recruitment and retention’.Hide related content:  Show related contentread more (Source: Management in Practice)
Source: Management in Practice - October 24, 2017 Category: Practice Management Authors: llegraien Tags: *** Editor ' s Pick Patient Access Patients Practice development Practice management Latest News Source Type: news

CCGs could take full control of GP contracts from April
Almost all of England's 207 CCGs could run primary care commissioning from April as NHS England bids to expand local control over general practice. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - October 24, 2017 Category: Primary Care Tags: Practice News Source Type: news

Not enough junior doctors choosing general practice, warns BMA Scotland chair
A new Scottish GP contract likely to be published from next month could help attract more junior doctors into general practice, BMA Scotland has said, as figures showed a large proportion of training posts vacant after the first round of recruitment. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - October 24, 2017 Category: Primary Care Tags: Practice News Source Type: news

High-risk patients being underprescribed statins, study finds
Cholesterol-lowering drugs are also being overprescribed to people at low risk of having a heart attack or stroke, researchers findStatins are being overprescribed to low-risk groups and underprescribed to high-risk groups, research by the British Journal of General Practice (BJGP) has shown.The report found potential “undertreatment” among people who have at least a 20% chance of cardiovascular disease (CVD) within a decade, who are considered high-risk patients.Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - October 24, 2017 Category: Science Authors: Mattha Busby Tags: Statins Society Heart attack Medical research Stroke UK news Science Source Type: news

Manchester puts general practice at the heart of devolution plans
The creation of GP hubs forms a key part of the bold plan to enable greater local control of spending and decision-making for health and social care in Manchester. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - October 20, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Overseas patient charges could leave GPs swamped as last bastion of free NHS
Workload in general practice will 'become unmanageable' should plans go ahead to charge patients who are not lawful UK residents for hospital care, GP campaigners have warned. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - October 19, 2017 Category: Primary Care Tags: Practice News Source Type: news

New guide for overseas doctors moving to the UK
A guide for overseas doctors who want to move to the UK and work in general practice has been launched by the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP). (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - October 19, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Unofficial Facebook pages are a threat to GP practices
A study revealed that unofficial Facebook pages for general practices carry more negative reviews and comments than official ones.Hide related content:  Show related contentread more (Source: Management in Practice)
Source: Management in Practice - October 18, 2017 Category: Practice Management Authors: llegraien Tags: *** Editor ' s Pick Patient Access Patients Practice development Practice management Latest News Source Type: news

RCGP guide helps overseas doctors adapt to UK general practice
The RCGP has launched a guide to support doctors from overseas moving into work as a GP in the UK, offering 'constructive advice and practical support' to prospective applicants. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - October 18, 2017 Category: Primary Care Tags: Practice News Source Type: news

Clinical Pharmacists helping to transform the NHS workforce
GP practices are now invited to apply for funding in the second phase of the Clinical Pharmacist in General Practice Scheme pilot scheme which offers clinical pharmacists the chance to develop their role in general practice. . (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - October 17, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news