Podcast: Long COVID, vaccine planning nightmare for GPs, impact of 'freedom day'
In this episode we look at the challenge facing practices trying to plan for COVID booster and flu jabs this autumn, what's changed in general practice since 'freedom day' and speak to RCGP clinical lead for clinical policy Dr Gail Allsopp about long COVID. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - July 22, 2021 Category: Primary Care Tags: Podcast Source Type: news

Women at the heart of general practice
The Royal College of GPs has launched its first online exhibition, Women at the heart of general practice, to mark women ’s contribution to general practice and explore the many changes in the profession since the first British women pioneers began to take formal medical qualifications. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - July 20, 2021 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

GP appointment increase
The latest GP appointment data for May 2021 published by NHS Digital shows an increase in appointments across general practice of 3% compared to May 2019. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - July 19, 2021 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Postnatal Maternal and Infant Care During the COVID-19 Pandemic A guide for General Practice (Version 6), RCGP
Maternal postnatal checks and infant examinations at 6-8-weeks and routine childhood vaccinations should continue as high priority services during the COVID-19 pandemic. It is critical not to overlook serious issues for mother and infant, and to protect against the resurgence of other vaccine-preventable disease. This advisory guide is intended to help General Practitioners who deliver these services taking into account the evolving COVID-19 situation and associated RCGP Guidance on Workload Prioritisation. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - July 15, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Junior doctors launch video to tackle denigration of general practice in medical schools
Two junior doctors have created a video to tackle negative perceptions of general practice after they were discouraged from openly expressing their wish to become family doctors during medical training. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - July 14, 2021 Category: Primary Care Tags: GP training Source Type: news

Freedom to focus on patients behind rise in satisfaction during pandemic, says GP leader
More flexibility around appointments and the removal of tick-box targets may explain a rise in patient satisfaction during the pandemic - and could pave the way for general practice to move on from the rigid 10-minute consultation model, the BMA's top GP has said. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - July 9, 2021 Category: Primary Care Tags: Practice News Source Type: news

General practices need support to keep care accessible:
(Source: The King's Fund - Press)
Source: The King's Fund - Press - July 8, 2021 Category: UK Health Authors: smurphy Source Type: news

GP patient satisfaction surges despite pandemic pressure
Patient satisfaction with general practice has hit its highest point in three years despite the pressure of the COVID-19 pandemic, the latest GP patient survey reveals. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - July 8, 2021 Category: Primary Care Tags: Practice News Source Type: news

General practice set for record trainee recruitment for fourth year running
GP trainee recruitment is on track for a fourth successive record-breaking year after posts filled in the first rounds for 2021 broke previous records, Health Education England (HEE) figures reveal. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - July 5, 2021 Category: Primary Care Tags: Workforce Source Type: news

What do integrated care systems mean for general practice?
The Health and Care Bill, which will make integrated care systems (ICSs) statutory bodies, has been introduced to parliament this week. But what does the new NHS structure mean for general practice and PCNs? (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - July 5, 2021 Category: Primary Care Tags: News Analysis Source Type: news

NHS COVID Pass, NHS Digital
NHS Digital has produced this guide for general practice to provide up to date information on the NHS COVID Pass service and what to do if a registered patient contacts them about incorrect information in their health record. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - July 5, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Digital weight management programme toolkit
This toolkit has been designed for colleagues working in general practice who are referring patients into the NHS digital weight management programme. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - July 1, 2021 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

General practice earns at least £400m after doing many more covid jabs than planned
General practice has delivered more than two-thirds of total covid-19 vaccinations — substantially more than the 50 per cent share initially planned, and worth at least £400m income to the sector — HSJ analysis confirms. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - June 30, 2021 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

General practice Covid-19 recovery
‘The power of relationships: what is relationship-based care and why is it important’ is the second in a series of RCGP reports, setting out how general practice should function in a post-Covid environment. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - June 30, 2021 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Become an RCGP veteran-friendly accredited practice
On Armed Forces Day the Royal College of General Practice (RCGP) celebrated 1,000 veteran-friendly GP accredited practices. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - June 28, 2021 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Enhanced service specification: Long COVID 2021/22, NHS England (updated 21st June 2021)
This enhanced service specification aims to support general practice in managing Long COVID. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - June 22, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Enhanced service specification: Long Covid
This enhanced service specification aims to support general practice in managing Long Covid. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - June 22, 2021 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

No plans to impose face-to-face GP appointment targets, Hancock tells BMA
The government has no plans to impose face-to-face appointments targets on general practice, the health and social care secretary has told the BMA. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - June 18, 2021 Category: Primary Care Tags: Coronavirus Source Type: news

Men ’s Health Week
To mark #MensHealthWeek, General Practice Nurse, Caroline Lomax shares her passion for raising awareness about men ’s health issues and explains why she started Young Men’s Health Clinics to support this sometimes hard to reach group to take ownership of their own health and wellbeing. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - June 18, 2021 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Additional funding for PCNs and general practice
Letter from NHS England and NHS Improvement confirming it will provide further funding for GP practices with the introduction of voluntary enhanced services and for PCN Clinical Director support. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - June 18, 2021 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Just one seat on each NHS integrated care system board will represent GPs
Representatives of general practice will hold just one out of 10 seats in total on the board of each of England's integrated care systems (ICS), NHS England has confirmed. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - June 16, 2021 Category: Primary Care Tags: New care models Source Type: news

Domestic Violence: What is happening in an office of general practice - Salomon M, Baccino E, Rodrigues F.
Introduction Domestic violence is a significant public health problem and screening remains insufficient. The aim is to explore their experience during domestic violence consultations, in order to understand their difficulties. Methods Between march ... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - June 14, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Violence and Weapons Issues Source Type: news

NHS England pledges £30m for GPs to boost long COVID diagnosis and care
NHS England has promised £30m for general practice to improve diagnosis and care of long COVID as part of a £100m package to boost care for patients with the condition. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - June 14, 2021 Category: Primary Care Tags: Coronavirus Source Type: news

Podcast: Greener practice, sharing patient data and additional roles
In this episode we look at data extraction from GP records, ask whether the additional roles reimbursement scheme will help alleviate workload and speak to London GP Dr Tamsin Ellis about greener general practice. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - June 10, 2021 Category: Primary Care Tags: Podcast Source Type: news

Rise in violence in general practice settings during the COVID-19 pandemic: implications for prevention - Gulati G, Kelly BD, Dunne CP, Glynn L.
Violence and aggression refer to a range of behaviours or actions that can result in harm, hurt or injury to another person, regardless of whether the violence or aggression is physical or verbal, whether physical harm is sustained or whether the intention... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - June 9, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Occupational Issues Source Type: news

GP access communications toolkit
Following some changes to the GP SOP, NHS England has updated the general practice access toolkit. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - June 9, 2021 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Call for GP funding guarantee beyond five-year contract amid integrated care fears
General practice needs a guarantee of ring-fenced funding beyond 2024 amid concerns cash could be stripped from primary care as integrated care systems (ICSs) take control of commissioning, an NHS Confederation report warns. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - June 8, 2021 Category: Primary Care Tags: Contracts & funding Source Type: news

Community pharmacist consultation service – deadline to claim
The NHS community pharmacist consultation service (CPCS) was extended across England in November 2020 to include minor illness referrals from general practices as well as from NHS 111. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - June 7, 2021 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

No plans to repeat QOF suspension this year, says NHS England
There are no plans for the QOF to be suspended for 2021/22 or for a repeat of income protection for practices despite intense workload pressure on general practice, NHS England has said. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - June 3, 2021 Category: Primary Care Tags: Practice News Source Type: news

UNISON joins the fight over proper use of health data
The government has announced its intention to take a copy of the entire GP-recorded medical history of patients in England from this summer – in part for commercial use. There has been no public consultation on the plans, though some details have now been published by NHS Digital. The full list of sensitive information or ‘codes’ that the government will take is provided by medConfidential. From 1 July 2021, not only will every patient’s GP medical history be copied, it will be automatically updated with every new medical event in their lives, including appointments. This uploaded data wil...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - June 2, 2021 Category: Food Science Authors: Demetrios Matheou Tags: Article News NHS Source Type: news

Podcast: Face-to-face appointments, GP training in a pandemic and vaccine hesitancy
In this episode of our podcast Talking General Practice we discuss face-to-face appointments and speak to Dr Sophie Lumley and Dr Adam Thomas, co-chairs of the RCGP ’s associates in training committee, about GP training in the pandemic. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - May 28, 2021 Category: Primary Care Tags: Podcast Source Type: news

BMA demands end to micromanagement of general practice in meeting with Hancock
BMA GP leaders have warned the health and social care secretary about 'extreme pressures' facing general practice - and demanded an end to 'micromanagement' after NHS England told practices to offer all patients face-to-face appointments. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - May 27, 2021 Category: Primary Care Tags: Workload Source Type: news

Burn injury and incidence of psychiatric disorders: a retrospective cohort study of 18,198 patients from Germany - Bich CS, Kostev K, Baus A, Jacob L.
This study included patients receivin... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - May 26, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Burns, Electricity, Explosions, Fire, Scalds Source Type: news

Viewpoint: A 10-point plan to stabilise the bedrock of the NHS
General practice is the bedrock of the NHS - if it fails, the NHS fails. But the profession has been hit hard through the pandemic by soaring workload and negative media coverage. Watford GP Dr Simon Hodes sets out 10 steps that could help turn the tide. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - May 25, 2021 Category: Primary Care Tags: Viewpoint Source Type: news

' Levelling up' general practice in England - What should government prioritise?
This briefing paper urges the government to inject more funding into general practice in socioeconomically deprived areas, as part of its'levelling up'agenda. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - May 24, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Practical support for practices
The Coronavirus pandemic has changed the way that general practice works, but the finance, workforce, estates and other issues that are fundamental to general practice and were concerns before the pandemic have not gone away. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - May 24, 2021 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

BMA delivers scathing response to updated SOP for general practice
The BMA has offered a scathing assessment of an updated standard operating procedure (SOP) for general practice published by NHS England - dismissing it as unclear and out of touch. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - May 21, 2021 Category: Primary Care Tags: Practice News Source Type: news

COVID-19 vaccination programme enhanced service specification
NHS England has updated the General practice COVID-19 vaccination programme 2020/21 enhanced service specification to reflect the revised JCVI guidance on second dose appointments. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - May 21, 2021 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Pioneering GP who created world's first general practice computer system has died
Dr John Preece, the GP who co-designed the world's first GP computer system with IBM in 1969, has died at the age of 93. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - May 19, 2021 Category: Primary Care Tags: People News Source Type: news

Join MIMS Learning Live June for four nights of clinical learning
Across the MIMS Learning Live Digital series our expert speakers will bring you updates reflecting the new world of general practice during the pandemic, with sessions taking place each evening between 7-10 June. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - May 18, 2021 Category: Primary Care Tags: News Source Type: news

Join MIMS Learning Live for four nights of clinical learning next week
Across the MIMS Learning Live Digital series our expert speakers will bring you updates reflecting the new world of general practice during the pandemic, with sessions taking place each evening between 7-10 June. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - May 18, 2021 Category: Primary Care Tags: News Source Type: news

Improved collection of GP data  launched
NHS  Digital has been collecting data from GPs through its trusted General Practice Extraction Service. This system is now being replaced with their new General Practice Data for Planning and Research (GPDPR) service, a broader general-purpose collection which will enable faster access to p seudonymised patient data for planners and researchers. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - May 17, 2021 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Type 2 diabetes symptoms: Doctor shares the key signs on your toes of high blood sugar
THE SYMPTOMS of type 2 diabetes are often subtle at first but consistently high blood sugar levels can give rise to more perceptible changes. Speaking to Express.co.uk, Dr Paul Ettlinger, GP at The London General Practice, outlines the warning signs on your toes. (Source: Daily Express - Health)
Source: Daily Express - Health - May 15, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

BMA GP chair: 'GPs let down by tone deaf NHS demands on face-to-face appointments'
NHS England has let down general practice with its 'tone deaf' demand for all patients to be offered face-to-face care, says BMA GP committee chair Dr Richard Vautrey. Read his full response to updated advice for general practice below. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - May 14, 2021 Category: Primary Care Tags: News Source Type: news

Restoration of general practice services
Guidance on the phased easing of Covid-19 restrictions continues to be issued by government, in line with the Coronavirus roadmap out of lockdown. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - May 14, 2021 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

GP consultations post-COVID should be a combination of remote and face to face, depending on patient need, RCGP
Face to face consulting is an essential element of general practice and remote consulting should be an option but not the'automatic default'for GP care and services once things get back to normal after the pandemic, the Royal College of GPs says in a new report out today. Both options have their advantages and the decision about how care is delivered and accessed should be a shared one between GP practice staff, based on their knowledge of their patient population, and patients, based on their individual needs. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - May 13, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

£160m NHS backlog plan shows 'grave misunderstanding' of GP workload, says BMA
A £160m plan for 'accelerator sites' to speed up the NHS recovery from COVID-19 is 'disingenuous' and reflects a deep misunderstanding of current pressures on general practice, the BMA has warned. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - May 13, 2021 Category: Primary Care Tags: Coronavirus Source Type: news

Podcast: The GP workload crisis, mental wellbeing and vaccination success
In this episode of our new podcast Talking General Practice we look at the GP workload crisis and speak to Dr Helen Garr, deputy director of NHS Practitioner Health, about mental wellbeing. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - May 13, 2021 Category: Primary Care Tags: Podcast Source Type: news

Calls to explore alternatives to GP contracts narrowly defeated at LMCs conference
A motion calling for research into possible options for delivering general practice outside of GMS, PMS and APMS contracts has been narrowly defeated at the UK LMCs conference. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - May 12, 2021 Category: Primary Care Tags: Practice News Source Type: news

LMCs set out potential solutions to halt growing GP workload crisis
LMCs have set out proposals to tackle the growing workload crisis in general practice - backing measures such as scrapping the CQC, tracking GP activity, a major review of the workload crisis, suspension of QOF and changes to PCNs. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - May 11, 2021 Category: Primary Care Tags: Workload Source Type: news