Working as a full-time GP in clinical practice is becoming unsafe, RCGP chair warns
The government needs to understand that general practice is a 'safety critical occupation' and it is now increasingly difficult for GPs to work full-time in general practice if they are to practise safely, the RCGP chair has said. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - October 15, 2021 Category: Primary Care Tags: RCGP annual conference 2021 Source Type: news

GPs must demand strong voice in COVID-19 public inquiry
General practice must ensure its voice is heard as national inquiries into the initial handling and longer-term impact of COVID-19 begin in the UK and around the world - and ensure lessons are learned and shared internationally, according to a leading GP. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - October 15, 2021 Category: Primary Care Tags: RCGP annual conference 2021 Source Type: news

Javid plans 'won't turn the tide' for GPs, warns former Tory health secretary
Former health and social care secretary Jeremy Hunt has joined criticism of a government ‘rescue plan’ for general practice - arguing ‘sticking plaster’ solutions won’t solve a huge mismatch between patient demand and GP numbers. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - October 14, 2021 Category: Primary Care Tags: Workforce Source Type: news

The King's Fund responds to the Department of Health and Social Care announcement to improve access to general practice
(Source: The King's Fund - Press)
Source: The King's Fund - Press - October 14, 2021 Category: UK Health Authors: kf_admin Source Type: news

GP fury as 'support package' ramps up pressure on face-to-face access
Government plans billed as a 'support package' for general practice threaten a fifth of practices with direct intervention over face-to-face appointments and fail to provide the assistance the profession desperately needs, GP leaders have warned. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - October 14, 2021 Category: Primary Care Tags: Practice News Source Type: news

Supporting general practice and improving access for patients
The NHS is gearing up to face a very challenging winter, with access to general practice an essential part of winter plans. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - October 14, 2021 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Plunge in diabetes checks: Doctors carried out 7.4million fewer tests last year, study suggests
Analysis by doctors at the University of Manchester indicates that 7.4million fewer checks than usual took place in general practices between March and December 2020. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - October 13, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

RCGP chair sets out immediate steps government can take to support GPs
The government should take immediate steps to cut bureaucracy in general practice to help tackle the current workload crisis, including scaling back the QOF and requirements for CQC regulation, the RCGP chair has said. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - October 12, 2021 Category: Primary Care Tags: RCGP annual conference 2021 Source Type: news

General practice is evolving faster than ever before, says RCGP chair
General practice is changing faster than ever before - but only a larger workforce can help the profession respond to chronic excess workload, RCGP chair Professor Martin Marshall has warned. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - October 12, 2021 Category: Primary Care Tags: RCGP annual conference 2021 Source Type: news

BMA condemns 'crude' criticism of GPs over working hours
The BMA has condemned 'crude' criticism of GPs working 'part time' - warning that general practice will lose more talented clinicians unless negative stereotypes about flexible working are dispelled. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - October 11, 2021 Category: Primary Care Tags: Workforce Source Type: news

BMA demands UK government backing for GPs after joint statement in Scotland
Doctors' leaders are demanding stronger backing for general practice from the UK government after Scotland's health secretary issued a joint statement with the BMA condemning abuse of GPs and criticism over face-to-face access. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - October 7, 2021 Category: Primary Care Tags: Wellbeing for GPs Source Type: news

Podcast: Why GPs are working harder than ever, pay transparency and continuity of care
We look at the latest appointment data and what it tells us about how hard general practice is working, discuss new legislation on pay transparency and speak to Dr Rebbca Rosen, a GP in London and senior fellow at the Nuffield Trust, about continuity of care. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - October 7, 2021 Category: Primary Care Tags: Podcast Source Type: news

Use of online services in general practice
This project achieved a better understanding of population needs by: reviewing the evidence relating to the effectiveness of online services to support general practice; identifying groups that are more and less likely to use these services; analysing the use of online services by the Surrey Heath CCG population to identify any associations between patterns in usage and demographic factors; and conducting insight-gathering work to explore barriers and enablers to the use of GP online services. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - October 7, 2021 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

A project to explore patterns of use of online services in general practice across Surrey Heath CCG and barriers to their uptake
This project is in line with the national ambition to support the adoption of a range of technology initiatives in general practice. The aims of the project were to achieve a better understanding of the needs of segments of the population through: reviewing the evidence relating to the effectiveness of online services to support general practice; identifying groups that are more and less likely to use these services; analysing the use of online services by the Surrey Heath CCG population to identify any associations between patterns in usage and demographic factors; and conducting insight-gathering work to explore barriers...
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - October 6, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Referring to the weight management programme
This new toolkit for general practice colleagues contains important information about the programme, how to make referrals and what you and service users can expect. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - October 6, 2021 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

General practice pay transparency
The general practice pay transparency guidance provides information on the contractual requirement to disclose NHS earnings which was included in the GP contract from October 2021. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - October 6, 2021 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Huge drop in DNAs post-pandemic adds millions of appointments to GP workload
The proportion of GP appointments missed by patients has halved compared with before the pandemic, analysis by GPonline reveals, adding millions of appointments to practice workload and intensifying pressure on general practice. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - October 5, 2021 Category: Primary Care Tags: Workload Source Type: news

Integrated care and general practice
The October edition of PCC Insight is now available. Thought provoking articles include considering how primary care will work within the integrated care system. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - October 5, 2021 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

'Life-saving' continuity of care at risk in the UK, GPs warn
Continuity of care in general practice reduces use of out-of-hours care, acute hospitalisations and mortality, researchers have shown - as GP leaders warned staff shortages and heavy workload means it is becoming harder to deliver in the UK. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - October 4, 2021 Category: Primary Care Tags: Workforce Source Type: news

Patients show support for GPs through #ThanksToMyGP social media campaign
More than a thousand messages of support for general practice were shared within hours on social media after the launch of a campaign to fight back against damaging criticism of the profession in the media and by politicians. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - October 1, 2021 Category: Primary Care Tags: Wellbeing for GPs Source Type: news

BMA 'very concerned' as millions in cash to support GP workforce at risk
Millions of pounds in unspent 'additional roles' recruitment funding must not be lost to general practice - and GPs need more flexibility to ensure it can be put to good use, the BMA has warned. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - September 29, 2021 Category: Primary Care Tags: Contracts & funding Source Type: news

DR ELLIE CANNON: Going back to making EVERY GP appointment face to face will make things worse...
DR ELLIE CANNON: Statistics alone reveal very little about what's really been going on in general practice right now - and that's what I want to address. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - September 25, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Javid must offer 'clear public backing for GPs', warns BMA
The BMA has demanded 'clear public backing' for general practice from the government - along with investment, steps to protect staff from abuse and attacks and measures to address workload. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - September 24, 2021 Category: Primary Care Tags: Practice News Source Type: news

Face-to-face GP appointments on demand 'unachievable', warns RCGP chair
Calls for general practice to offer face-to-face appointments to all patients who want them are 'unachievable' given GP shortages and rising demand, the RCGP chair has warned. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - September 23, 2021 Category: Primary Care Tags: Workforce Source Type: news

Repeat prescribing and SMR overhaul as review finds one in 10 scrips unnecessary
Repeat prescribing and use of structured medication reviews in general practice are to be overhauled after a review found one in 10 prescription items issued in primary care may be unnecessary. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - September 22, 2021 Category: Primary Care Tags: Prescribing Source Type: news

Millions of pounds lost to general practice as flagship recruitment scheme falls short
Tens of millions of pounds in funding from a flagship recruitment scheme set up to ease the workforce crisis in general practice was unclaimed in 2020/21 and could be lost to the profession, while swathes of posts remain vacant. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - September 20, 2021 Category: Primary Care Tags: Workforce Source Type: news

General practice in Cornwall 'on the brink of crisis', says LMC
General practice in Cornwall is 'on the brink of a crisis' and may not cope this winter if there is a surge of flu and other respiratory illnesses alongside a rise in COVID-19 cases, the county's LMC has warned. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - September 20, 2021 Category: Primary Care Tags: Practice News Source Type: news

Government has left GPs unable to guarantee timely, high-quality care, says BMA
Government inaction has left general practice unable to guarantee 'timely, high-quality care' for patients, the BMA has warned, as 10,000 people signed a petition demanding funding for more GPs. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - September 17, 2021 Category: Primary Care Tags: Wellbeing for GPs Source Type: news

Medeconomics becomes GP Business
Our relaunched site, GP Business, supports best practice in finance, management and leadership for all professionals working in general practice. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - September 15, 2021 Category: Primary Care Tags: Practice News Source Type: news

GPs demand 'triple lock' on ARRS budgets as unfunded pay rise threatens recruitment
PCNs will be unable to hire the staff they need to support general practice because their budgets have not risen to reflect increased NHS pay rates, GPs have warned. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - September 13, 2021 Category: Primary Care Tags: Workforce Source Type: news

GP leaders warn profession 'on its last legs' amid 'barrage of vitriol'
GP leaders have condemned attacks on the profession in the national media over access to face-to-face care - warning that a chronic workforce shortage in general practice has left the profession 'on its last legs'. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - September 10, 2021 Category: Primary Care Tags: Wellbeing for GPs Source Type: news

Concern raised over death of five patients seen remotely by GPs
Patients being assessed remotely in general practice, rather than face-to-face, has been raised as a risk in reports on five deaths by a single coroner since the pandemic hit. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - September 9, 2021 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

1,600 GPs back complaint over media coverage of access to primary care
Around 1,600 GPs and hundreds of other signatories have backed a complaint to the press standards watchdog by the Doctors Association UK (DAUK) over Telegraph articles on access to general practice. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - September 6, 2021 Category: Primary Care Tags: Workload Source Type: news

Large-scale GP group says its doctors routinely have ‘unsafe’ workload
One of England’s biggest general practice groups has warned its GPs are regularly seeing more patients each day than is safe, after activity surged in the wake of covid. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - August 31, 2021 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Antibody testing: information for general practitioners
The Department of Health and Social Care has published guidance for general practice on antibody testing for coronavirus to support with any patient queries that may arise. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - August 27, 2021 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

RPS and BMA agree joint statement on pharmacotherapy service in Scotland
RPS has worked with the BMA’s Scottish GP Committee to agree a joint statement on the pharmacotherapy service. Whilst much progress has been made, with significant investment in general practice (Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News)
Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News - August 26, 2021 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

New BMA campaign launches public petition calling for more funding for general practice
The BMA has launched a public petition calling on the government to provide additional funding for general practice to recruit more GPs and improve premises. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - August 23, 2021 Category: Primary Care Tags: Practice News Source Type: news

New BMA campaign launches public petition calling for boost in GP funding
The BMA has launched a public petition calling on the government to provide additional funding for general practice to recruit more GPs and improve premises. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - August 23, 2021 Category: Primary Care Tags: Practice News Source Type: news

General practice lost one in 30 partners last year, official data show
The number of full-time equivalent (FTE) GP partners in England dropped by 543 in the year to June 2021 - a 3.1% drop - with partners now in the minority in headcount terms in a quarter of CCG areas. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - August 9, 2021 Category: Primary Care Tags: Workforce Source Type: news

BMA slams latest workforce data that show rise in GP numbers
BMA leaders have criticised the latest official data on GP workforce numbers, saying they are ‘disingenuous’ and purposely fail to ‘depict the extent of the staffing crisis’ in general practice. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - August 5, 2021 Category: Primary Care Tags: Practice News Source Type: news

BMA slams 'gaslighting' workforce data that show rise in GP numbers over past year
BMA leaders have criticised the latest official data on GP workforce numbers, saying they are ‘disingenuous’ and purposely fail to ‘depict the extent of the staffing crisis’ in general practice. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - August 5, 2021 Category: Primary Care Tags: Practice News Source Type: news

General practice enhanced service specifications for flu jabs
NHS England has published two enhanced service specifications for the seasonal influenza vaccination programme 2021/22. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - August 3, 2021 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Spirometry in general practice
The Care Quality Commission has published a mythbuster for Spirometry in general practice. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - August 3, 2021 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Diabetes prevention programme re-procurement
The healthier you NHS diabetes prevention programme supports those identified in general practice at high risk of type 2 diabetes by referral onto a behaviour change programme. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - August 3, 2021 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

New NHS chief must seize opportunity to ‘reset relationship’ with GPs, BMA warns
NHS England has the perfect opportunity to ‘reset its relationship’ with general practice through the appointment of a new chief executive following months of paused meetings, the BMA has said. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - August 2, 2021 Category: Primary Care Tags: Leadership Source Type: news

HARMONY: a pragmatic cluster randomised controlled trial of a culturally competent systems intervention to prevent and reduce domestic violence among migrant and refugee families in general practice: study protocol - Taft A, Young F, Hegarty K, Yelland J, Mazza D, Boyle D, Norman R, Garcia-Moreno C, Nguyen CD, Li X, Pokharel B, Allen M, Feder G.
INTRODUCTION: Domestic violence and abuse (DVA) is prevalent, harmful and more dangerous among diaspora communities because of the difficulty accessing DVA services, language and migration issues. Consequently, migrant/refugee women are common among primar... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - August 2, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Program and Other Evaluations, Effectiveness Studies Source Type: news

General Practice Fellowship programme
The General Practice Fellowship programme guidance has been updated for 2021/22, outlining the two-year programme of support available to all newly-qualified GPs and nurses working substantively in general practice. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - July 30, 2021 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Stopping work transfer from hospitals tops list of GP demands to tackle workload
Stopping hospitals dumping tasks on general practice tops a list of measures GPs say are vital to ease pressure on primary care - with extra funding, a freeze on QOF and CQC inspections, and educating patients on access also widely backed. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - July 29, 2021 Category: Primary Care Tags: Workload Source Type: news

GP appointments up 31% compared with pre-pandemic levels
General practice in England delivered 31% more appointments in June this year than in June 2019 once COVID-19 jabs are factored in, according to official data that reveal the extent of pressure on primary care. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - July 29, 2021 Category: Primary Care Tags: Workload Source Type: news