' Don't underestimate pressures practice managers are under', says BMA GPC chair
Practice managers are working under'huge pressure' that we should not underestimate, BMA GP committee chair Dr Richard Vautrey has said. Speaking at the Best Practice show in Birmingham yesterday, Dr Vautrey acknowledged that the number of admin and non-clerical staff in general practice has remained level since 2015– a very different situation to the crisis created by the shortage of clinical staff within the NHS.Hide related content:  Show related contentread more (Source: Management in Practice)
Source: Management in Practice - October 18, 2018 Category: Practice Management Authors: Angela Sharda Tags: *** Editor ' s Pick Latest News Source Type: news

General Practice Awards 2018: the Practice Manager of the Year finalists
The finalists for the General Practice Awards, which celebrate leading examples of innovation, hard work and leadership within primary care, were revealed at the end of August.  The awards, which will be held on 30 November at the Park Plaza Westminster Bridge hotel in London, are in their tenth year and, in the run-up to next month’s awards ceremony, Management in Practice is profiling the shortlisted candidates. Hide related content:  Show related contentread more (Source: Management in Practice)
Source: Management in Practice - October 17, 2018 Category: Practice Management Authors: Angela Sharda Tags: *** Editor ' s Pick Latest News Source Type: news

GP Partnership Review: interim report
This report starts to explore the potential solutions that will revitalise the partnership model of general practice. It invites GPs and others with an interest to continue to get involved with the review by sharing their experiences and ideas. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - October 11, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Advance care planning in general practice: does policy match reality?
This report reveals the mismatch between clinical commissioning group policies concerning advance care planning and the reality faced by patients. Patients report doctors being ill-equipped to support them in planning ahead for their future care and treatment (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - October 10, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Advance care planning in general practice: does policy match reality?
This report by an end of life care charity reveals the mismatch between clinical commissioning group policies concerning advance care planning and the reality faced by patients. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - October 10, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Doctors advised to avoid using jargon
New guidelines will help clinicians understand priorities from a patient's perspective Related items fromOnMedica Language matters – part 2 Doctors given guidance on how to write to patients Experts urge radical action on mental health crises Poor investment in general practice risks patient safety Wealthy tech companies creating ‘digital divide’ in health (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - October 8, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Urging GPs towards prevention and self-care
Joanna Bayley, a GP representing primary care providers on Gloucestershire ’s ICS Delivery Board, discusses the county’s innovative social prescribing initiative Related items fromOnMedica Poor investment in general practice risks patient safety One in four emergency admissions are avoidable Social prescribing can free up GPs ’ time and save resources Community-centred approaches for health and wellbeing More funds for social prescribing schemes (Source: OnMedica Views)
Source: OnMedica Views - October 2, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Disruptive innovation? Online consultation and general practice
New tools and services are already allowing general practice to work in new ways. They range from systems that enable practices to improve patient flows to AI based apps that do some of the work of GPs and services where the only face to face contact between doctor and patient is on a screen. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - October 2, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

GPs should 'dust off' pandemic plans this flu season, warns leading medic
Dr Andrew Green, clinical and prescribing lead for the General Practice Committee in the UK, urged doctors to step up their preparations ahead of the flu outbreak this winter. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - September 21, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

First areas to benefit from £15m GP practice staff investment named
GP federations in Down and Derry/Londonderry have been announced as the first sites for the rollout of a multi-million pound investment in multi-disciplinary teams to bolster capacity in Northern Ireland general practice. Hide related content:  Show related contentread more (Source: Management in Practice)
Source: Management in Practice - September 21, 2018 Category: Practice Management Authors: Angela Sharda Tags: *** Editor ' s Pick Latest News Source Type: news

Don ’t let the digital revolution just happen to your practice
Is the digital revolution the end of general practice as we know it or a vital step to modernisation? (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - September 21, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Poor investment in general practice risks patient safety
Investment has risen – but not enough to secure sustainability of general practice, say GP leaders Related items fromOnMedica GPs warn government: fund service properly or it will collapse GP numbers have fallen by 1,340 in just two years Daily Mail highlights desperate GP shortage GPs in catch-22 over appointment length and rising demand Stop cynically undermining trust in doctors says BMA (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - September 21, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

NHS England ahead of GPFV target for investment in general practice
Funding for GP practices has increased by over£500m in the last year, according to official data published today.  NHS England’s Investment in General Practice report said general practice received£10.8bn in 2017/18,£580m more than last year’s total of£10.2bn. Hide related content:  Show related contentread more (Source: Management in Practice)
Source: Management in Practice - September 20, 2018 Category: Practice Management Authors: vfiore Tags: *** Editor ' s Pick Finance Practice development Latest News Source Type: news

The Integrator: Target inequalities, invest in general practice
Insider tales and must-read analysis on how integration is reshaping policy, providers, primary care, and commissioning. This week by deputy editor Dave West. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - September 20, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Medical News Today: How to give an intramuscular injection
Intramuscular injections are for medicines that people must inject into a muscle rather than the bloodstream or fatty tissue. In this article, find out the standard locations for intramuscular injections. We also provide a step-by-step guide on how to give an intramuscular injection at home. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - September 19, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Primary Care / General Practice Source Type: news

What Type of Conservative Treatments Can Help for Plantar Fasciitis?
Discussion The plantar fascia consists of 3 bands of dense connective tissue that originates in the medical calcaneal tubercle and inserts into the base of each of the 5 proximal phalyanxes in a fan-shaped distribution. It acts as a shock absorber and reinforces the medial longitudinal arch as the foot undergoes forward propulsion. The -itis in plantar fasciitis (PF) is a misnomer as it is not an acute inflammation but is a chronic degenerative process involving the plantar fascia aponeurosis of the foot usually at the medial tubercle of the calcaneous. Repetitive strain seems to cause microtearing which then causes a repa...
Source: PediatricEducation.org - September 17, 2018 Category: Pediatrics Authors: pediatriceducationmin Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: news

Disruptive innovation? Online consultation and general practice
New tools and services are already allowing general practice to work in new ways. They range from systems that enable practices to improve patient flows to AI based apps that do some of the work of GPs and services where the only face to face contact between doctor and patient is on a screen. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - September 17, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Prescribing antibiotics for children with cough in general practice does not reduce hospitalisation risk
Doctors and nurses often prescribe antibiotics for children with cough and respiratory infection to avoid return visits, symptoms getting worse or hospitalisation. In a study published in the British Journal of General Practice today [Tuesday 11 September], researchers from the Universities of Bristol, Southampton, Oxford and Kings College London found little evidence that antibiotics reduce the risk of children with cough ending up in hospital, suggesting that this is an area in which unnecessary antibiotic prescribing could be reduced. (Source: University of Bristol news)
Source: University of Bristol news - September 11, 2018 Category: Universities & Medical Training Tags: Health, International, Research; Faculty of Health Sciences, Faculty of Health Sciences, Population Health Sciences; Press Release Source Type: news

Pharmacists play vital role in improving patient health shows biggest review of evidence to date
Pharmacists serving non-hospitalised patients, such as in general practices and community pharmacies, may achieve improvements in patient health outcomes according to the most comprehensive systematic review of the scientific evidence to date.This press release originally was posted on the University of Bath website.A team of researchers led by Professor Margaret Watson from the University of Bath, working with Cochrane, NHS Education Scotland, and the Universities of Aberdeen, Brunel, California and Nottingham Trent, reviewed 116 scientific trials involving more than 40,000 patients. They compared pharmacist interventions...
Source: Cochrane News and Events - September 7, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: Muriah Umoquit Source Type: news

The Confident Practice Manager
Thriving general practice is a vital ingredient of local NHS sustainability and transformation plans, yet the people most likely to make change happen are often overlooked. Practice managers are involved in and often responsible for business development, workforce planning, finance, IT, premises, quality, safety, procurement, reporting, communications, legal and contractual matters, and more besides. Running larger scale practices and working successfully in primary care networks and the integrated care systems of the future will demand new leadership skills. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - September 7, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Pan London practice team quality improvement programme
Practice teams in London are invited to attend a series of free workshops designed to assist with the delivery of the General Practice Five Year Forward View objectives. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - September 6, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Don ’t neglect your most valuable primary care resources
GP shortages, falling morale and a dwindling share of the NHS budget are among the woes facing general practice. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - September 5, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Disruptive innovation? Online consultation and general practice
New tools and services are already allowing general practice to work in new ways. They range from systems that enable practices to improve patient flows to AI based apps that do some of the work of GPs and services where the only face to face contact between doctor and patient is on a screen. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - September 4, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Practice Manager of the Year and GP Team of the Year Awards: shortlists unveiled
The finalists for the 2018 General Practice Awards have been announced.  Management in Practice is delighted to announce the finalists for the Practice Manager of the Year Award (sponsored by PSUK Ltd) and the GP Team of the Year Award (sponsored by MPS).  The six practice managers that will vie for the award are:Hide related content:  Show related contentGallery: read more (Source: Management in Practice)
Source: Management in Practice - September 3, 2018 Category: Practice Management Authors: vfiore Tags: *** Editor ' s Pick Practice management Latest News Source Type: news

Over 4,500 patients to be redistributed following Aberdeen practice closure
More than 4,500 patients registered at the Rosemount Medical Group (RMG) in Aberdeen could be redistributed to GP practices closer to their homes when their practice closes next year.  This is the preferred option that the Aberdeen City Integration Joint Board (IJB) is considering to guarantee general practice services to Rosemount Medical Group’s 4,568 patients. Hide related content:  Show related contentread more (Source: Management in Practice)
Source: Management in Practice - September 3, 2018 Category: Practice Management Authors: vfiore Tags: *** Editor ' s Pick Patients Practice management Premises Latest News Source Type: news

Tyne and Wear GP practice saved from closure by new APMS provider
A GP practice in Gateshead will continue to provide general practice services to patients after NHS Newcastle Gateshead CCG secured a new APMS provider.  CBC Health Ltd, formed by local practices in Gateshead, has been awarded a 10-year contract to deliver primary care services to 1,996 registered patients at Blaydon GP practice.  Patients will not need to take any action following the change of provider. Hide related content:  Show related contentread more (Source: Management in Practice)
Source: Management in Practice - August 31, 2018 Category: Practice Management Authors: vfiore Tags: *** Editor ' s Pick Patient Access Procurement Latest News Source Type: news

General practice today: ‘endless questions, few answers’
Caron Tremaine-Tucker, practice manager at St Chads& Chilcompton Surgery and Somerton House Surgery, on the GP recruitment crisis and the future of the NHS  Hide related content:  Show related contentread more (Source: Management in Practice)
Source: Management in Practice - August 28, 2018 Category: Practice Management Authors: Angela Sharda Tags: *** Editor ' s Pick Latest News Source Type: news

Partnering with a purpose: making collaboration work
Better joined up services can only work with the full engagement of primary care and particularly general practice. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - August 28, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

General practice at scale: ‘Collaborative working is the way forward’
Martin Bell, business manager at the Sacriston Surgery in County Durham, on how to successfully move forward with primary care at scale  The latest three letter acronym (TLA) seems to be PCN: primary care network. Also known as PCH: primary care home or, locally where I work in County Durham, TAPs: teams around patients. So many TLAs, but what impact will all of this have on us practice managers? Hide related content:  Show related contentread more (Source: Management in Practice)
Source: Management in Practice - August 24, 2018 Category: Practice Management Authors: Angela Sharda Tags: *** Editor ' s Pick Latest News Source Type: news

Last chance to have your say on the GP contract
NHS England is seeking views by 31 August 2018 on two key elements of the general practice contract. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - August 24, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

GP numbers working in the NHS are falling
523 fewer GPs full-time equivalents from March to June Related items fromOnMedica GP leader warns of catastrophic workforce timebomb GPs in catch-22 over appointment length and rising demand Two thirds of GPs predict longer waiting times BMA warns general practice is on 'brink of collapse' GP leader urges Hunt to keep fighting for GP workforce boost (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - August 23, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Patient discharge from hospital to general practice: thematic report 2017-2018
This review identified problems with the hospital discharge process, including a lack of awareness from some staff on procedures and poor communication with general practices. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - August 23, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Through the eyes of GP trainees: workforce of the future
Two years ago King's Fund conducted a survey of GP trainees as part of its work on understanding the pressures in general practice. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - August 22, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

GP recruitment crisis: ‘Give people opportunities to develop portfolio careers’
General practice is facing a workforce crisis. It has been widely reported that the NHS is struggling to retain GPs and to recruit GPs willing to become partners.  But, with a‘record number’of doctors now in GP training, will this mark a turn in the tide for general practice?Hide related content:  Show related contentread more (Source: Management in Practice)
Source: Management in Practice - August 20, 2018 Category: Practice Management Authors: Angela Sharda Tags: *** Editor ' s Pick Latest News Source Type: news

Creating a new IT ecosystem for General Practice
The framework agreements will provide a contract vehicle for GPs, CCGs and other customers to purchase systems and services which are assured on the GP IT catalogue to be managed by NHS Digital. Services provided will include clinical management solutions to support business continuity in general practice; new ways of working in general practice; integrated and federated care, and cross-organisational working. It will extend support to providers beyond traditional GP practices to emerging new models of care. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - August 20, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

NHS England launches open call for solutions for general practice premises policy
The general practice premises policy review, led by NHS England and Department of Health and Social Care, has launched a call for solutions. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - August 17, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

GP at Hand improves health access for migrants and homeless, review finds
Babylon’s GP at Hand smartphone app‘advances equality of access to GP services’, an assessment of its impact on patients has found.  The equality impact assessment, carried out on behalf of NHS Hammersmith and Fulham CCG, found that the NHS app was‘more likely to address most barriers than traditional GP services’ in 10 out of 11 protected groups.  It especially found the app made it easier for‘vulnerable migrants and homeless people’ to register for NHS general practice. Hide related content:  Show related contentread more (Source: Management in Practice)
Source: Management in Practice - August 16, 2018 Category: Practice Management Authors: Angela Sharda Tags: *** Editor ' s Pick Patient Access Patients Latest News Source Type: news

Partnering with a purpose: making collaboration work
Better joined up services can only work with the full engagement of primary care and particularly general practice. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - August 15, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Better data protection laws should not drain general practice
The UK introduced the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) on May 2018, binding big and small organisations alike to follow strict data protection principles.  While it’s great that the UK is implementing measures to protect its citizens’ personal data, the introduction of GDPR has created a situation in which an existing task, the processing of subject access requests (SARs), is placing additional pressure on practices by leaving them to cope with an increased number of requests that they are no longer in a position to charge for. Hide related content:  Show related contentread more (S...
Source: Management in Practice - August 14, 2018 Category: Practice Management Authors: vfiore Tags: *** Editor ' s Pick Patients Latest News Source Type: news

Pan London Practice Team Quality Improvement Programme
Practice teams in London are invited to attend a series of free workshops designed to assist with the delivery of the General Practice Five Year Forward View objectives. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - August 13, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

More reasons than ever why general practice needs support
Practices have compelling reasons to work together. They need the collective strength to gain an equal voice in CCGs, STPs and other organisations responsible for local integrated care systems. They have strong business reasons to seek efficiencies and new sources of income. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - August 13, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Support for primary care networks
More general practice groups are coming together in networks (primary care networks (PCN) covering the 30,000 to 50,000 population size often regarded as the entry level point for primary care at scale, with the aim to find collaborative ways of working and collective solutions to local problems. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - August 9, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Medical News Today: Is a subcutaneous injection painful?
A subcutaneous injection is an injection into the fatty tissue. There is a range of types, and people use them in the treatment of diabetes and other conditions. Some people needing injections frequently may have to learn how they are done. Learn more about subcutaneous injections, including how to do them, here. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - August 8, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Primary Care / General Practice Source Type: news

Annual assessment of GP Forward View
The GP Forward View – launched by NHS England as a 'lifeline' for general practice two years ago – needs a major overhaul and a substantial cash injection of an extra £2.5bn a year on top of the funding already pledged, to protect patient safety and guarantee the future of the family doctor service, says the Royal College of GPs. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - August 8, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

GPFV needs ‘urgent overhaul’ and budget boost, RCGP says
The RCGP is calling for a major update of the general practice forward view (GPFV) and for more money to be injected into the programme.  The GPFV was published in April 2016. It is an aid of support for general practice , underpinned by extra money, and identified challenges that needed to be addressed within general practice.   NHS England needs to invest an extra£2.5bn a year by 2020/21 on top of the additional funding of£2.4bn a year already pledged in the GPFV, the RCGP said.  Hide related content:  Show related contentread more (Source: Management in Practice)
Source: Management in Practice - August 7, 2018 Category: Practice Management Authors: vfiore Tags: *** Editor ' s Pick Finance Practice development Latest News Source Type: news

Round up: the story behind the resignation of NHS England director of primary care
NHS England director of primary care Dr Arvind Madan resigned on 5 August following controversy over inflammatory online comments.  Dr Madan was appointed as NHS England director of primary care in October 2015 and part of his remit was to design and implement the General Practice Forward View.  So why did Dr Madan decide to resign? Here is a summary of his final turbulent days as NHS England's top GP. The straw that broke the camel's back Hide related content:  Show related contentread more (Source: Management in Practice)
Source: Management in Practice - August 6, 2018 Category: Practice Management Authors: vfiore Tags: *** Editor ' s Pick Patients Practice development Latest News Source Type: news

Round up: the story behind the resignation of NHS England's director of primary care
NHS England director of primary care Dr Arvind Madan resigned on 5 August following controversy over inflammatory online comments.  Dr Madan was appointed as NHS England director of primary care in October 2015 and part of his remit was to design and implement the General Practice Forward View.  So why did Dr Madan decide to resign? Here is a summary of his final turbulent days as NHS England's top GP. The straw that broke the camel's back Hide related content:  Show related contentread more (Source: Management in Practice)
Source: Management in Practice - August 6, 2018 Category: Practice Management Authors: vfiore Tags: *** Editor ' s Pick Patients Practice development Latest News Source Type: news

Partnering with a purpose: making collaboration work
Better joined up services can only work with the full engagement of primary care and particularly general practice. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - August 6, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Flu vaccination programme delivery guidance 2018/19
NHS England has published information to help general practices and pharmacies to plan for the 2018/19 flu vaccination season, and in particular to answer patient queries about the adjuvanted trivalent flu vaccine (aTIV). (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - August 6, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Disruptive innovation? Online consultation and general practice
New tools and services are already allowing general practice to work in new ways. They range from systems that enable practices to improve patient flows to AI based apps that do some of the work of GPs and services where the only face to face contact between doctor and patient is on a screen. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - August 2, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news