Level or not? Comparing general practice in areas of high and low socioeconomic deprivation in England, Health Foundation
Key points from this briefing include; less funding per needs-adjusted patient; lower supply of doctors more single-handed practices; less availability of GP appointments and lower QOF outcomes in deprived areas vs less more affluent areas. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - September 29, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Online consultations in general practice – changing products
The general practice response to the pandemic has been remarkable. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - September 29, 2020 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Advice and guidance: guide for general practice
Advice and guidance (A&G) services provide GPs with continued access to specialist advice on investigations, interventions and potential referrals. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - September 23, 2020 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Communications toolkit for GP practices
This toolkit has been developed to support general practice, Primary Care Networks and CCGs to explain to patients how they can safely access general practice during the coronavirus outbreak. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - September 21, 2020 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Maintaining and restoring general practice services, RCGP (updated 17th September 2020)
This resource provides advice to GP practices on adjusting to changes in their practice due to COVID-19, including keeping on top of routine care. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - September 17, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Effective management of HR issues and challenges in primary care
This three module programme delivered using our Zoom platform provides information and advice relevant and applicable to the day-to-day running of general practice. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - September 17, 2020 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

NICE indicator menu 2020
NICE have published new indicators for general practice on the NICE website. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - September 17, 2020 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Socio-demographic co-relates of depression among housewives in rural area of district Ludhiana - Urvashi, Girdhar S, Chaudhary A, Gupta S, Monga S.
BACKGROUND: Depression is the most common psychiatric disorder in general practice. It is much more common among women than men, with female/male ratio roughly 2:1. In today's hectic life, stress is increasing in housewives. Very few data is available on d... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - September 14, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Risk Factor Prevalence, Injury Occurrence Source Type: news

Effective management of HR issues and challenges in primary care
This three module programme delivered using our Zoom platform provides information and advice relevant and applicable to the day-to-day running of general practice. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - September 11, 2020 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Seasonal influenza DES specification – updated
The Influenza and Pneumococcal Immunisation Directed Enhanced Service specification has been amended and republished to provide for additional new cohorts of patients to be vaccinated in general practice. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - September 7, 2020 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Primary care networks: the impact of covid-19 and the challenges ahead, BMJ
In 2019, general practices in England came together to form 1259 primary care networks. Editorial notes Covid-19 has now brought challenges that threaten the ability of the fledgling networks to deliver on expectations. It discusses the challenges and the uncertainties. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - September 4, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Effective management of HR issues and challenges in primary care
This three module programme delivered using our Zoom platform provides information and advice relevant and applicable to the day-to-day running of general practice. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - September 4, 2020 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

NHS Payments to General Practice
NHS Digital has published the NHS Payments to General Practice in England annual report. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - September 3, 2020 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Future of general practice at risk as one in six GPs to quit or retire early after COVID-19
One in six GPs plan to quit the NHS or retire early once the COVID-19 pandemic dies down, while 29% plan to work fewer hours, according to BMA polling that raises 'serious concerns' over the future of general practice. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - September 1, 2020 Category: Primary Care Tags: Workforce Source Type: news

The social life of self-harm in general practice - Chandler A, King C, Burton C, Platt S.
Research engaging qualitatively with clinical practitioners' understanding of, and response to, self-harm has been limited. Self-harm offers a particularly compelling case through which to examine the enduring challenges faced by practitioners in treating ... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - August 31, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Risk Factor Prevalence, Injury Occurrence Source Type: news

NHS increasingly reliant on GPs aged over 55 as workforce crisis grows
General practice is becoming increasingly reliant on doctors aged over 55 at a time when early retirements in the profession have surged, GPonline analysis of official workforce data shows. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - August 28, 2020 Category: Primary Care Tags: Workforce Source Type: news

Maintaining and restoring general practice services, RCGP (updated 27th August 2020)
This resource provides advice to GP practices on adjusting to changes in their practice due to COVID-19, including keeping on top of routine care. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - August 28, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

First Contact Practitioner workforce modelling tool
First Contact Practitioners (FCPs) provide increased capacity to general practice by offering patients with musculoskeletal (MSK) conditions direct access to advice, assessment and self-management options across the MSK pathway. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - August 28, 2020 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

GP funding per patient rose just 0.4% last year as PCNs swallowed £101m
Average GP funding per patient rose just 0.4% in 2019/20 as the bulk of new funding for general practice in the first year of the five-year GP contract went to primary care networks (PCNs). (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - August 27, 2020 Category: Primary Care Tags: Contracts & funding Source Type: news

Delivering Mass Vaccinations During COVID-19. A Logistical Guide for General Practice, RCGP (updated 25th August 2020)
Update in this version (Version 3.1): Updated to reflect new guidance on use of PPE in vaccination, and implications for patient flows. Previously, with requirements to change PPE between patients, our view was patients could be vaccinated at approximately 4-minute intervals. With the new guidance that only hand hygiene is required and the wearing of a mask for the duration of a session, we expect that patients could reasonably be booked at 2 – 3-minute intervals (allowing for social distancing measures). (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - August 25, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

General Practice in the time of Covid-19, Deep End
12 general practitioners in Deep End practices in Glasgow and Edinburgh report and reflect on their experience of how the Covid-19 pandemic has affected patients and practices. As the pandemic continues and the economic consequences unfold, the report also considers the future implications. Part of the Scottish Deep End Project involving general practices serving the 100 most deprived populations in Scotland. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - August 24, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Effective management of HR issues and challenges in primary care
This three module programme delivered using our Zoom platform provides information and advice relevant and applicable to the day-to-day running of general practice. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - August 20, 2020 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

PCNs demand power to recruit GPs amid growing workload crisis
Primary care networks (PCNs) should be allowed to hire GPs to prevent the loss of millions of pounds in funding for general practice and ease the workforce crisis, GP leaders have warned. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - August 17, 2020 Category: Primary Care Tags: Primary care networks Source Type: news

Maintaining and restoring general practice services, RCGP (updated 17th August 2020)
This resource provides advice to GP practices on adjusting to changes in their practice due to COVID-19, including keeping on top of routine care. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - August 17, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

GP practices may be doing more work than reported, says NHSE
Under recording of appointments in general practice, particularly since the outbreak of covid-19, may be giving a ‘false picture’ of overall workload in surgeries, according to NHS England. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - August 17, 2020 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

More accurate general practice appointment data
This guidance introduces an agreed definition of an appointment, and asks general practice to start applying this now and systematically, as an important first step to improve data quality. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - August 14, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

General practice fellowships for GPs and nurses new to practice programme: operational guidance 2020/21
This guidance supports integrated care systems and sustainability and transformation partnerships, primary care networks, training hubs and other local partners to understand and continue delivery of the General Practice Fellowship programme, supporting newly qualified GPs and nurses working in primary care. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - August 14, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Guidance and standard operating procedures: general practice in the context of coronavirus (COVID-19), version 3.4: 10 August 2020, NHS England
This guidance applies to general practices operating under contract to the NHS in England, including those providers that operate outside core GP contract hours. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - August 13, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Standard operating procedure (SOP) for general practice in the context of coronavirus (COVID-19)
NHS England has updated the standard operating procedures for general practice. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - August 13, 2020 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

How might Covid-19 affect the number of GPs available to see patients in England? The Health Foundation
This research reveals that one in three GPs who singlehandedly manage a GP practice are at high risk of death from Covid-19. It estimates that this could potentially leave 710,043 patients without face-to-face appointments with their GPs, if those at high risk take the difficult decision to limit direct patient contact. It argues that CCGs must ensure that they are aware of gaps in face-to-face provision of core general practice services, and must work with practices and primary care networks to find solutions. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - August 11, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

General Practice Fellowships for GPs and Nurses New to Practice Programme
This guidance supports Integrated Care Systems and Sustainability and Transformation Partnerships, Primary Care Networks, training hubs and other local partners to understand and continue delivery of the General Practice Fellowship programme, supporting newly-qualified GPs and nurses working in primary care. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - August 11, 2020 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

General practice appointment data
This guidance introduces an agreed definition of an appointment, and asks general practice to start applying this now and systematically, to improve data quality. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - August 11, 2020 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Call for 'decisive action' to halt decline in GP continuity of care
Researchers have called for 'decisive action' to reverse declining continuity of care in general practice after a systematic review confirmed a link with reduced mortality rates. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - August 10, 2020 Category: Primary Care Tags: Practice News Source Type: news

COVID-19 general practice support fund
The Government described the intention to create a COVID-19 general practice support fund to assist with the legitimate additional costs of the response borne by GP practices. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - August 7, 2020 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

PCN funding worth millions at risk as rising GP workload hits recruitment
GPs fear millions of pounds in primary care funding could be lost because rising workload in general practice has left primary care networks (PCNs) struggling to recruit. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - August 4, 2020 Category: Primary Care Tags: Primary care networks Source Type: news

Maintaining and restoring general practice services, RCGP (updated 29th July 2020)
This provides advice on adjusting to changes in your practice due to COVID-19, including keeping on top of routine care. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - July 31, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Should remote consultations be the default after COVID-19?
Health secretary Matt Hancock has suggested that general practice should follow a remote-first approach to consultations after the pandemic, but do GPs agree? (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - July 31, 2020 Category: Primary Care Tags: News Analysis Source Type: news

PCC Insight August 2020
August PCC insight is now available. Articles include considering corporate models for PCNs, top tips for running virtual meetings, we share learning from supporting clients to respond to tenders, the role of community pharmacy working with PCNs and different structures for commercial and tax efficiency that may be applicable to general practices. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - July 30, 2020 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

The Dr will Zoom you now: getting the most out of the virtual health and care experience
This report was a rapid, qualitative research study designed to understand the patient experience of remote and virtual consultations. The project was led in partnership with Traverse and Healthwatch England. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - July 29, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

The doctor will Zoom you now
Remote consultations and the use of technology offer some great opportunities to make significant improvements to general practice, hospital outpatient and mental health appointments, but making the most of this opportunity means understanding the patient experience. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - July 29, 2020 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

New animations showcase a career in general practice
A series of imaginative short animations covering the application process, flexible options and life as a GP have been developed by Health Education England (HEE) ahead of its latest GP training application round which kicks off this week. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - July 29, 2020 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Childcare costs for doctors to be covered in drive to boost GP numbers
The NHS has launched a new scheme to encourage hundreds more doctors to return to general practice by offering help towards the costs of caring for children or family members. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - July 27, 2020 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

More and better mental health support needed in GP surgeries following pandemic, The King's Fund and Centre for Mental Health
More and better mental health support is needed in GP surgeries in the wake of Covid-19, according to a report published today by The King's Fund and Centre for Mental Health. Mental Health and Primary Care Networks finds that current provision of mental health support in general practice is variable and often inadequate. As practices join up into over 1,000 Primary Care Networks in England, the report calls on them to seize the opportunity to strengthen mental health provision in primary care. This could help to fill the gap at a time of increased need for mental health care in the aftermath of the pandemic. (Source: Curr...
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - July 23, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Delivering mass vaccinations during COVID-19: a logistical guide for general practice, RCGP
This document has been produced to assist GPs, lead practice nurses, Practice Managers, Clinical Directors, GP Federations, PCNs and CCGs/Health Boards in understanding the practicalities and challenges of delivering mass vaccination programmes in a context when COVID-19 remains in general circulation. It sets out key areas that will need to be considered, offers possible solutions and highlights areas where risk assessments are required, particularly where these may differ from normal practice. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - July 22, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

SystmOne practices: new electronic notifications for the urgent supply of medicines
General practices can now receive electronic notifications from pharmacies about the urgent supply of medicines made as part of the NHS Community Pharmacy Consultation Service (CPCS). This informs you that a patient registered with your practice has received an urgent supply of medicine from a community pharmacy. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - July 21, 2020 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Adolescent mental health problems, suicidality and seeking help from general practice: A cross-sectional study (Northern Ireland Schools and Wellbeing study) - Leavey G, Rosato M, Harding S, Corry D, Divin N, Breslin G.
BACKGROUND: Adolescent mental health problems and suicidality appear to be increasing in Western countries but contact with health services remains stubbornly low. While social disadvantage is often implicated in aetiology and help-seeking, evidence on the... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - July 18, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Adolescents Source Type: news

Maintaining and restoring general practice services, RCGP (updated 15th July 2020)
This provides advice on adjusting to changes in your practice due to COVID-19, including keeping on top of routine care. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - July 15, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Standard operating procedure (SOP) for general practice in the context of coronavirus (COVID-19), version 3.3: 24 June 2020, NHS England
Updated sections on: outbreak management in the context of COVID-19 – with a recommendation to reviewbusiness continuity plans; suspected or diagnosed cancers, including ongoing cancer treatment – information on referral into secondary care. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - July 13, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

General practice in the post Covid world: Challenges and opportunities for general practice, RCGP
This report focuses on new ways of working enabled by digital technology, reducing workload by eliminating unnecessary contractual and regulatory compliance activities, and developing the public/community health function of general practice. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - July 10, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Dwindling satisfaction with GP access for patients pre-covid
Patient satisfaction with access to general practice continued to slide just before the sector was transformed by the NHS’ response to the coronavirus pandemic, according to a major annual survey. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - July 9, 2020 Category: UK Health Source Type: news