Removal of fax machines from general practice
NHS England has issued guidance on the removal of fax machines from general practice. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - February 14, 2020 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Hancock reappointed as health and social care secretary in cabinet reshuffle
No excuse now to further delay tackling social care reform, say healthcare leaders Related items fromOnMedica Government publishes vision for future of general practice GP leader warns against 'political meddling' Scotland fights to prevent privatisation of general practice Watchdogs say health reforms are slow 'Government targets intefere with war on superbugs' (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - February 14, 2020 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

More Lung Cancer Patients Presenting With Cough, Dyspnea
THURSDAY, Feb. 13, 2020 -- The proportion of lung cancer patients with an index symptom of cough or shortness of breath has increased over time, according to a study published online Jan. 27 in the British Journal of General Practice. Sarah... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - February 13, 2020 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Care navigation' is being widely adopted in primary care, but in varying ways
Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) in England are implementing care navigation in primary care to help people with non-medical issues to access alternative services. This'social prescribing', facilitated by nominated care navigators, also aims to reduce the pressure on general practice, and forms part of the NHS Long Term Plan. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - February 12, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Realising the neighbourhood NHS: A new deal for primary care in England
This paper provides new evidence and ideas to improve the provision of primary and community care. It argues there should be a'new deal'for general practice which should consist of: creating neighbourhood care providers to deliver the'neighbourhood NHS'; offering all GPs the right to NHS employment; reforming new GP roles to create career progression, time to care and realistic workload; and a radical transformation of the primary care infrastructure. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - February 12, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

New report aims to transform general practice in Wales
Transforming patient care in general practice settings is the aim of a new resource being launched today at the National Assembly for Wales. The resource, developed in partnership by the Royal Colleg (Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News)
Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News - February 12, 2020 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

General practice jewel in NHS crown – but needs fundamental change
Partnership model is in best interests of local populations and provides excellent value for NHS money, insist GPs Related items fromOnMedica GPs welcome 'biggest reform to services in 15 years' Partnership best model for delivering what GPs and patients want Over half of GPs plan to leave within five years GP shortage could triple to 7,000 without decisive action Huge hospital waits add to GPs ’ workload, warns top GP (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - February 11, 2020 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

NIHR Themed Review Improving Care by Using Patient Feedback. National Institute for Health Research (NIHR).
This report features nine new research studies about using patient experience data in the NHS. These show what organisations are doing now and what could be done better. Evidence ranges from hospital wards to general practice to mental health settings. There are also insights into new ways of mining and analyzing big data, using online feedback and approaches to involving patients in making sense of feedback and driving improvements (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - February 7, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Workforce roadmap
Our vision for the future includes an expanded team working in general practice, with enhanced education and training, equipped with the right support and skills to deliver the best possible care for patients. This Workforce Roadmap outlines the actions that are required to achieve our vision for the workforce in 2030. This includes effective workforce planning informed by better data, enhanced education and training in general practice, increased efforts for recruitment and returning staff, and significant efforts to improve the workload and wellbeing for GPs and the whole general practice team (Source: Current Awareness ...
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - February 7, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Network Contract DES Engagement on draft outline service specifications: summary report
This report summarises the feedback received from general practice and the wider health and care system on the draft outline Network contract DES service specifications. The feedback showed in-principle support for the aspirations of the individual services but there were also concerns which included the workforce implications and the investment general practice was being asked to make in new workforce roles; the level of resource available to support delivery; the level of specificity and length of the specifications and the aggregate effect of introducing all five services from April 2020. (Source: Current Awareness Serv...
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - February 7, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

‘Number 10 backs’ real-time patient experience measures
GP contract update: Concerns have been raised about plans in the new GP contract for an “as close to real-time as possible” measure of patient experience in general practice, said to have been propelled by Boris Johnson’s number 10. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - February 7, 2020 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

RPS comments on GP contract news
Responding to news that the Government and NHS England have committed at an additional£1.5 billion for general practice over the next four years for additional staff, RPS England Board Chair Cl (Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News)
Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News - February 7, 2020 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

QOF quality improvement case studies
Three case studies illustrate different approaches to quality improvement in general practice. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - February 7, 2020 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Caring for Patients With Multiple Morbidities Strains Providers
FRIDAY, Jan. 31, 2020 -- Having many patients with multiple chronic diseases may raise the mental strain of general practitioners (GPs), according to a study published online Jan. 14 in the British Journal of General Practice. Anette Fischer... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - January 31, 2020 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

General practice delivered 1.22m appointments for every weekday in 2019
, according to official data for England that show rising demand over the past year. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - January 30, 2020 Category: Primary Care Tags: Workload Source Type: news

PCNs could take a leading role in understanding people ’s experience of care
General practice is where most people ’s care journeys start or where patients will later have a chance to discuss the care they received in other settings. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - January 30, 2020 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Multimorbidity leads to general practitioners suffering burnout
(Aarhus University) The risk of general practitioners (GPs) suffering burnout increases with the number of patients with complex medical histories. A new study from the Research Unit for General Practice in Denmark is the first to document a correlation between patients with multimorbidity and increased incidences of burnout among their general practitioners. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - January 23, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Represent your Society at the European Union of Medical Specialists
Our Society pays an annual membership fee to theEuropean Union of Medical Specialists (UEMS) and is able to nominate a UK UEMS Representative to the Endocrinology Specialty Section.  This representative would attend annual meetings and provide feedback to the Society for dissemination to our UK-wide membership.The UEMS is a non-governmental organisation committed to the promotion of free movement of European medical specialists, while ensuring the highest quality of medical care for European citizens. The national medical associations of the countries in the EU and European Economic Area...
Source: Society for Endocrinology - January 21, 2020 Category: Endocrinology Source Type: news

LGBT Health Hub
The Royal College of General Practitioners has launched a collection of eLearning modules, podcasts and screencasts (the LGBT Health Hub) which aims to inform and update all members of the general practice team on particularly important aspects of primary care for LGBT people, to improve both experience and outcomes for patients. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - January 21, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

How to build effective teams in general practice
Teamworking is fundamental to the future of general practice. Practices are coming together at scale in primary care networks and new roles are being introduced, creating multidisciplinary and multi-agency teams. Making these teams function effectively is a complex task. The King's Fund has a long history of supporting and developing teams working in across health and care systems, and more recently we have been working with general practices and primary care networks as they develop team-based models of care. This guide brings together insights from our research, policy analysis and leadership practice. The need for colla...
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - January 14, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Practice guidance: offering 25% of appointments online
NHS England has published a guide containing to support general practices to make sure that at least 25% of their appointments are available to book online. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - January 14, 2020 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Penn Medicine's new sponsorship with Flyers, Wells Fargo Center goes beyond signage
Penn Medicine has entered into a deal with Comcast Spectacor to be the official health system of the Philadelphia Flyers and the Wells Fargo Center. The agreement is Penn Medicine's first major sports sponsorship since 2014. The multi-faceted deal makes Penn Medicine the team’s official medical services provider – including on-ice, orthopedic and general practice care – as well as the preferred provider for Comcast Spectacor front office personnel. The organizations will also work together… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - January 13, 2020 Category: Biotechnology Authors: John George Source Type: news

Newly appointed NI health minister to meet unions
Bid to end strike over health staff pay parity Related items fromOnMedica Paediatrician shortfall jeopardising child health services Policy and planning for NHS workforce - ‘not fit for purpose’ Nearly £100m spent on temp staffing for midwifery NHS rolls out staff retention scheme to general practice Public believe many more nurses needed for safe care (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - January 13, 2020 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Thousands referred to local pharmacies
Patients urged to ‘think pharmacy first’ Related items fromOnMedica A new focus on falls prevention Primary Care Home has positive impact on care and services CQC head calls for better GP-hospital-care home integration General practice faces holiday pressure in Northern Ireland CCGs are embracing change and are key to shaping health landscape (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - January 13, 2020 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Huge 35% gender pay gap in general practice
Fifth-largest pay gap of any profession in UK – women GPs earn £40,000 a year less than men, on average Related items fromOnMedica GPs set to be balloted on willingness to take industrial action GP recruitment time-bomb ‘ready to explode’ Staff survey results ‘alarming’, say health leaders Pension tax system particularly unsatisfactory for NHS staff Fatigue still too common among junior doctors (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - January 11, 2020 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Resilience will be key to the success of primary care networks
An important role for primary care networks is to enable the stabilisation of general practice by enabling stronger practices in the network to support others that may be struggling. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - January 9, 2020 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Rising number of general practices in breach of contract
56% rise in breaches in a year, investigation shows Related items fromOnMedica Little evidence over poor quality of GP locums Leadership CQC's State of Care report finds standards improving but warns of pressures CQC is rated well but 'requires improvement', says review General Practitioners recognised as ‘specialists’ (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - January 9, 2020 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Plan to repair and boost general practice launched
RCGP makes direct appeal to health secretary Related items fromOnMedica The changing role of community trusts in large geographies GPs demand home visits are dropped from contract Huge hospital waits add to GPs ’ workload, warns top GP Multidisciplinary primary care teams expand in Northern Ireland GP leader calls for staff boost over better access (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - January 9, 2020 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Fresh strike action by nurses begins
RCN members resume strike action in Northern Ireland Related items fromOnMedica Can medicine be cured? Home Office woes New Year NHS resolutions Taking back control Part 2 RCGP sets out priorities for general practice for new prime minister (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - January 8, 2020 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Staff hired through PCNs 'may not benefit practices paying their salaries'
GPs fear additional staff hired by primary care networks (PCNs) will have no time to take on core general practice workload despite practices paying tens of thousands of pounds towards their salaries. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - January 6, 2020 Category: Primary Care Tags: NHS long-term plan Source Type: news

Supporting carers in general practice – Tower Hill, Birmingham
Tower Hill Partnership practice in Birmingham is six-partner large urban practice with 17,600 patients and a wide range of age, ethnicity and economic groups. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - January 6, 2020 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Incidence of falls among adults with cerebral palsy: a cohort study using primary care data - Ryan JM, Cameron MH, Liverani S, Smith KJ, O'connell N, Peterson MD, Anokye N, Victor C, Boland F.
AIM: To compare the rate of falls between adults with and without cerebral palsy (CP). METHOD: We used primary care data on 1705 adults with CP and 5115 adults without CP matched for age, sex, and general practice attended. We compared odds of expe... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - December 31, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Ergonomics, Human Factors, Anthropometrics, Physiology Source Type: news

NHS chief and former CMO among those in health given new year honours
Simon Stevens knighted and Sally Davies becomes a Dame of the Grand Cross of the Order of Bath Related items fromOnMedica RCGP sets out priorities for general practice for new prime minister EU nurses and midwives shun the UK as place to work Home Office woes Role of school nurses threatened by endless paperwork Safeguarding: what lies ahead for 2019 (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - December 30, 2019 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

UK has second lowest number of doctors in Europe
RCGP says report confirms fears that more GPs are leaving the profession Related items fromOnMedica GPs warn government: fund service properly or it will collapse Lessons from Torbay: The journey to integrated care GPs welcome 'biggest reform to services in 15 years' BMA sees hope for rebuild of general practice The changing role of community trusts in large geographies (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - December 24, 2019 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Staff recruitment is acid test for PCNs in 2020, warns GPC chair
Primary care networks' success in 2020 will hinge on their ability to recruit 'additional roles' staff to support general practice, the BMA's top GP has warned. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - December 19, 2019 Category: Primary Care Tags: NHS long-term plan Source Type: news

RCGP demands investment to end GP workforce crisis ahead of Queen's speech
GP leaders have called on the government to deliver on promises to boost the primary care workforce and to invest in general practice ahead of the Queen's speech. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - December 19, 2019 Category: Primary Care Tags: RCGP Source Type: news

Prioritise money for health and social care, new government urged
NHS Confederation writes to the prime minister, setting out key challenges and asking how he intends to meet them Related items fromOnMedica Home Office woes Can medicine be cured? RCGP sets out priorities for general practice for new prime minister Social prescribing workers to ease GP pressure NHS urgently needs investment and upgrade to deal with 21st century (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - December 18, 2019 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Strategies for recruitment in general practice settings: the iSOLVE fall prevention pragmatic cluster randomised controlled trial - Tan ACW, Clemson L, Mackenzie L, Sherrington C, Roberts C, Tiedemann A, Pond CD, White F, Simpson JM.
BACKGROUND: Falls are common among older people, and General Practitioners (GPs) could play an important role in implementing strategies to manage fall risk. Despite this, fall prevention is not a routine activity in general practice settings. The iSOLVE c... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - December 17, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Elder Adults Source Type: news

GP barometer: Nine charts that show the state of general practice at the start of 2020
As general practice enters the 2020s, GPonline's barometer looks at factors driving pressure on GPs, highlighting key areas that will need to be addressed to make the profession sustainable. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - December 17, 2019 Category: Primary Care Tags: News Source Type: news

Quality improvement in general practice: what do GPs and practice managers think?
This report presents findings from a survey of over 2,300 GPs and over 1,400 practice managers conducted in the second half of 2017 which looked at levels of quality improvement awareness, appetite and activity in general practice. The findings show that most GPs and Practice Managers see quality improvement as a core aspect of their work. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - December 17, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Is ear syringing available on the NHS? DR MARTIN SCURR answers your health questions
DR MARTIN SCURR: I have always considered clearance of earwax a fundamental task of general practice. Yet the British Medical Association says GPs have no obligation to provide it. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - December 17, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Astrophysics and AI may Offer Key to Early Dementia Diagnosis
Crucial early diagnosis of dementia in general practice could improve thanks to a computer model designed in a collaboration between Brighton and Sussex Medical School (BSMS) and astrophysicists at the University of Sussex. (Source: eHealth News EU)
Source: eHealth News EU - December 17, 2019 Category: Information Technology Tags: Featured Research Research and Development Source Type: news

Astrophysics and AI may offer key to early dementia diagnosis
(University of Sussex) Crucial early diagnosis of dementia in general practice could improve thanks to a computer model designed in a collaboration between Brighton and Sussex Medical School (BSMS) and astrophysicists at the University of Sussex. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - December 17, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Medical News Today: What does an internist do?
An internist is a medical doctor who treats adults with diseases and conditions that affect the internal organs. Learn more in this article. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - December 16, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Primary Care / General Practice Source Type: news

Understanding barriers to women seeking and receiving help for perinatal mental health problems in UK general practice: development of a questionnaire - Ford E, Roomi H, Hugh H, van Marwijk H.
AIM: To develop a questionnaire to measure quantitatively barriers and facilitators to women's disclosure of perinatal mental health problems in UK primary care. To pilot and evaluate the questionnaire for content validity and internal consistency. ... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - December 16, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Young Adults Source Type: news

Flu surge drives up pressure on general practice
GP consultations for flu have spiked over the past two weeks, taking levels of the illness beyond the baseline epidemic threshold for the first time this winter. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - December 13, 2019 Category: Primary Care Tags: Influenza Source Type: news

What does the 2019 general election result mean for GPs?
General practice is struggling with a workforce in decline, rising demand and a share of NHS funding well below the level GP leaders say it needs. GPonline looks at what the Conservative election victory could mean for the profession. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - December 13, 2019 Category: Primary Care Tags: General election Source Type: news

NHS already ‘on its knees’ and winter barely begun, warn healthcare leaders
Government needs to make good on all its election promises for the NHS, and fast, they say, as latest performance figures issued Related items fromOnMedica Conditions in the NHS have worsened, new report shows Changes needed for emergency care to avoid winter crisis NHS funding falls short of 4% needed for improvements General practice has ‘serious structural faults’ NHS hugely dependent on workers from overseas (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - December 13, 2019 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Give wellbeing support to all pharmacists, urges professional body
Survey shows that workforce pressures are taking their toll on profession Related items fromOnMedica Workplace burnout might affect over a third of doctors Practices need to seize the opportunity of consolidating IT systems Can medicine be cured? GP shortage could triple to 7,000 without decisive action RCGP sets out priorities for general practice for new prime minister (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - December 13, 2019 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Why manifesto promises of more GPs may not make general practice safer
Politicians of all stripes have promised more GPs during the general election campaign, but the extra doctors may not be enough to make current workload safe - let alone deliver extra appointments. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - December 11, 2019 Category: Primary Care Tags: Workforce Source Type: news