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Improving access to general practice: communications guide and resource pack published
NHS England has published a communications guide and resource pack to support commissioners and general practice providers to promote general practice services to patients. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - September 22, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Promises to give people control over their care have been broken
‘Overhaul’ needed of how person-centred care is measured Related items fromOnMedica Include pharmacists in general practice team, say patients and carers CQC to focus reviews on delayed transfers of care The burning technological platform for person-centred care Tailor care for people with multiple health issues, urges NICE BMA calls for maximum number of patients per GP (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - September 22, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

One in seven GP practices in England remains unsafe
The Care Quality Commission (CCQ) found that one in seven GP practices rated inadequate across England failed to improve after re inspection. The report, called the state of care in general practice, is the first of its kind to set out the findings of all 7,365 GP practices in the country. The CQC analysed all GP practices from 2014 to 2017 in two phases. The practices rated inadequate or requiring improvement were then re inspected six months later.Hide related content:  Show related contentread more (Source: Management in Practice)
Source: Management in Practice - September 21, 2017 Category: Practice Management Authors: llegraien Tags: *** Editor ' s Pick CQC Patient Access Patients Practice development Practice management Premises Latest News Source Type: news

CQC results strengthen case for GP investment, says Professor Steve Field
GPs will benefit from the CQC's intensive inspection regime because it provides a platform for the profession to demand greater investment, according to the chief inspector of general practice. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - September 21, 2017 Category: Primary Care Tags: Practice News Source Type: news

Large scale general practice not linked to quality, says chief inspector
Scaled up general practice does not necessarily lead to better quality of care, the Care Quality Commission’s chief inspector for GPs has said. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - September 21, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Chronic shortage of doctors jeopardising patient care
Three quarters of all medical specialties had unfilled training posts last year across England Related items fromOnMedica General practice teaching for medical students 'in decline' Students shun a career in medicine, figures show Help offered to medical students in crisis GMC warns of 'state of unease' amongst doctors Junior doctors report a poor work life balance (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - September 21, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

CQC praises GPs under ‘very real pressures’ as it rates 90% good
GPs ‘should be immensely proud’ that 9 in 10 practices rated good or outstanding by CQC Related items fromOnMedica General practice faces ‘brain drain’ Government missing targets on GP investment General practice still on brink of collapse, warn GP leaders GP Forward View has had ‘patchy’ first year Poor CQC ratings linked to poor practice funding (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - September 21, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Going with the grain: new models for general practice
Many GP practices are working in, or considering, collaborations with other practices. This event allows you to learn from others already working at scale. Will working with others help make GP practices more resilient and how will it link to new care models? (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - September 21, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

NHS payments to general practice, England 2016/17
NHS Digital has published details of NHS payments to individual providers of general practice services in England. Figures are given for the main payment categories which include “global sum” the minimum practice income guarantee (MPIG), balance of PMS expenditure, quality and outcomes framework (QOF) and enhanced services. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - September 21, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Our response to the general practice investment data
(Source: The King's Fund - Press)
Source: The King's Fund - Press - September 20, 2017 Category: UK Health Authors: badams Source Type: news

Spending on GPs rose by more than 3 per cent last year
NHS spending on general practice rose by more than 3 per cent in real terms over 2016-17 compared to the previous year, new data shows. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - September 20, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Great customer service in general practice
Reception teams can improve the experience of patients and practice staff by taking simple steps to improve customer service. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - September 20, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

BMA predicts £3.4bn GP funding shortfall by 2020/21
General practice funding will be £3.4bn below the level it needs by the end of the decade, according to the BMA. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - September 18, 2017 Category: Primary Care Tags: Practice News Source Type: news

Supporting general practice to work at scale
PCC has been supporting GP practices to better understand the benefits of working collaboratively. We work with groups of practices, considering local needs, their aims and vision for the future, helping them to consider the opportunities and the different models available. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - September 18, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Commons inquiry must tackle '20-year demographic timebomb' in practice nursing
Politicians should consider a new agreement on pay and conditions for general practice nurses with levers to push practices to implement it, a primary care nursing leader has warned. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - September 15, 2017 Category: Primary Care Tags: Practice News Source Type: news

Clinician-targeted interventions to influence antibiotic prescribing behaviour for acute respiratory infections in primary care: an overview of systematic reviews
This Cochrane Review found insufficient evidence to identify which types of intervention or intervention components are most effective at influencing antibiotic prescribing behaviour for acute respiratory infection (ARI) in primary care. Moderate-quality evidence suggested that the following interventions likely have an important effect on reducing antibiotic prescribing: C-reactive protein point-of-care testing in general practice to reduce antibiotic prescribing with no differences in symptom duration, patient satisfaction, or reconsultation; shared decision making in the management of ARI in general practice to reduce a...
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - September 13, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

GP earnings are falling
GPs ’ taxable income dropped 1.2% in past year Related items fromOnMedica NHS workforce demands end to 1% pay cap GP income fell by almost 3% last year Strategies to boost surgery income Make GP a more attractive career, agree MPs General practice faces ‘brain drain’ (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - September 13, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

MDDUS freezes indemnity costs until 2018
Announcement follows government plans to change the way personal injury discount rate is calculated Related items fromOnMedica Plans to boost compensation payments for negligence claims ‘calamitous’ NHS England extends GP indemnity scheme Where will indemnity rises stop? Indemnity costs may lead GPs to quit general practice Government promises to pay for GP indemnity fee rises (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - September 12, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Plans announced to fast-track NHS digital technology
Technology won ’t solve GP workforce problem, warn lead doctors Related items fromOnMedica NHS 111 redirects callers from A&E to general practice NHS pilots medical advice smartphone app NHS needs clear and credible plan for digital health NHS launches drive to improve 'e-nursing' The potential of the ‘Internet of Things’ in healthcare (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - September 11, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Nurses welcome hint of shift on pay freeze
Pressure mounts to scrap 1% pay cap Related items fromOnMedica More nurses applying for hardship grants Number of UK nurses and midwives falling Action plan to revive general practice nursing Poor admin support hampering respiratory nurses ’ time with patients Unrelenting NHS pressure affecting cancer care, say GPs and nurses (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - September 11, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Seven Bury GP practices to merge
Seven practices in Bury have intended to merge into a single GP Practice, in a bid to'enhance the future of General Practice, local patients and staff'. The new practice, named Tower Family Healthcare, will be formed over the next 12 months with over 30 GPs. The seven surgeries will all keep their current buildings and patients will still be able to see their usual doctors, nurses or healthcare support workers.Hide related content:  Show related contentread more (Source: Management in Practice)
Source: Management in Practice - September 8, 2017 Category: Practice Management Authors: Angela Sharda Tags: *** Editor ' s Pick *** Featured Patients Practice development Practice management Premises Latest News Source Type: news

Strategies to reduce antibiotic prescribing for acute respiratory infections in primary care
This Cochrane Overview is the first publication produced with the support of Cochrane ’s Fast Track service. This service, which is offered by theCochrane Editorial Unit, supports expedited production of high-quality, high-impact Cochrane Reviews. For more information, please visit theFast Track information page.Key findings:A newCochrane Overview has identified effective and safe clinician-focussed interventions to reduce antibiotic prescribing for acute respiratory infections (ARIs) in primary care.The authors found that point-of-care CRP testing, procalcitonin-guided management and shared decision making probably ...
Source: Cochrane News and Events - September 8, 2017 Category: Information Technology Authors: Nancy Owens Source Type: news

Going with the grain: new models for general practice
National policy poses a dilemma by insisting on the one hand that general practice is key to the development of new care models but recognising on the other that parts of general practice are badly in need of support. Evolutionary models of change represented by the primary care home (PCH) and other kinds of GP hub promise to resolve the dilemma, creating building blocks of the necessary scale to work in larger systems such as multi-speciality community provider (MCP) or accountable care systems. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - September 8, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Get much tougher on clinical negligence claims, government urged
Current cost containment plans won ’t halt growth; more coherent cross-government action needed, says spending watchdog Related items fromOnMedica GP indemnity costs support may continue after 2018 GPs urged to lobby on legal decision leading to 'devastating' indemnity rises Indemnity costs may lead GPs to quit general practice Government promises to pay for GP indemnity fee rises Where will indemnity rises stop? (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - September 7, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

More than half of practices would consider list closure
Government must take urgent action against crisis ‘threatening to overwhelm GP services’ Related items fromOnMedica General practice still on brink of collapse, warn GP leaders Action plan to revive general practice nursing General practice faces ‘brain drain’ Third of trainee GPs plan to avoid NHS general practice Extra help for struggling GP surgeries (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - September 6, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Provision of information on general practice access data
The next bi-annual extended access collection will open for submissions from 1 September 2017 to 29 September 2017 inclusive. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - September 4, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Poor admin support hampering respiratory nurses ’ time with patients
1 in 4 feel unable to support vital patient education and self-management Related items fromOnMedica Number of UK nurses and midwives falling Action plan to revive general practice nursing NHS launches drive to improve 'e-nursing' End-of-life care in COPD Making sense of the new LABAs and LAMAs for COPD (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - September 1, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Resilience, collaboration and smarter working in general practice
Even well run practices need to develop resilience to make them fit for the future. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - August 30, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

General practice data, March 2017
NHS Digital has published general practice data for March 2017. It records numbers and details of GPs in England along with information on their practices, staff, patients, and the services they provide. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - August 29, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

RCN warns of school nurse shortages
New figures reveal over 500 school nurses have been lost since 2010 Related items fromOnMedica Health service failing children with autism, nurses warn Action plan to revive general practice nursing School nurse cuts threaten children's health Role of school nurses threatened by endless paperwork Public believe many more nurses needed for safe care (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - August 29, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Primary care home: evaluating a new model of primary care
A report by the Nuffield Trust found encouraging signs of progress by adopters of the “primary care home” model of integrated care based on general practice, but warned that pilots lack the resources to do proper evaluations which could put some projects at risk. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - August 25, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Improving access for all: reducing inequalities in access to general practice services
This resource will help general practice providers to identify and address barriers and allow improved access to the full range of general practice services. The document uses a six-stage patient pathway which offers a framework to explore barriers that may limit access to GP services, variations in patient experience and the capacity of local GP services to respond. It also gives ideas and innovations to increase capacity and improve access for all, and a collection of useful resources including commissioning tools, policies and guidance, education and training, data and business intelligence and communications and engage...
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - August 23, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

GP recruitment numbers rise slowly
321 more full-time equivalent GPs in three months Related items fromOnMedica GP full-time workforce numbers dropped last year Five-year plan for general practice unveiled College welcomes plans for overseas GP recruitment Make GP a more attractive career, agree MPs General practice faces ‘brain drain’ (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - August 23, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Renewed drive to recruit overseas GPs to UK
Plan to bring 600 overseas GPs to UK in 2017-18 Related items fromOnMedica Overseas-trained doctors will face tougher GMC assessment College welcomes plans for overseas GP recruitment Training places for overseas doctors in Scotland set to double Five-year plan for general practice unveiled (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - August 23, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

GP workforce rises by less than 1% from March to June this year
The number of full-time equivalent (FTE) GPs working in general practice rose by just over 320 GPs from March to June this year - a less than 1% increase, NHS Digital data show. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - August 22, 2017 Category: Primary Care Tags: Practice News Source Type: news

RCGP raises concerns about GP training plans
Trainees who previously failed should not qualify 'through the back door' Related items fromOnMedica MRCGP clinical assessment lawful and fair Small group learning for the Clinical Skills Assessment Videoing consultations for the GP trainee Third of trainee GPs plan to avoid NHS general practice New postgrad training standards to give doctors broader skills (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - August 22, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

NHS launches drive to improve 'e-nursing'
NHS Digital says nurses must lead the way in utilising new technology Related items fromOnMedica Nurses to gain formal recognition for enhanced skills The vital voice of the commissioning nurse Action plan to revive general practice nursing Sharp drop in older applicants for nursing degree courses England faces a shortfall of 42,000 nurses by 2020 (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - August 21, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Provision of information on general practice access data
The next bi-annual extended access collection will be open for submissions from 1 to 29 September 2017. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - August 18, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Third of trainee GPs plan to avoid NHS general practice
Locum working appeals most to new GPs Related items fromOnMedica RCGP opposes changes to GP training What value do GPs offer? Current heavy workloads threaten doctors ’ training General practice faces ‘brain drain’ A third of GPs plan to retire within the next five years (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - August 17, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Families of older patients struggle to complain
Hospital complaints system still seen as impenetrable Related items fromOnMedica GP complaints system ‘must improve’ 4,000 fewer complaints for general practice 25% rise in complaints about home care Patients ’ champion accuses ombudsman of poor service Latest Ombudsman report includes 93 NHS complaints (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - August 17, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

A third of GP trainees do not intend to work in NHS after qualifying
Just two in three GP trainees close to qualifying see themselves working in NHS general practice within the next six months, survey results suggest. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - August 16, 2017 Category: Primary Care Tags: Practice News Source Type: news

GP practices urged to join public health network
The National Institute for Health Research is appealing for general practices to join the Clinical Practice Research Datalink, a national organisation dedicated to improving public health. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - August 15, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Exploring the relationship between general practice characteristics and attendance at Walk-in Centres, Minor Injuries Units and Emergency Departments in England 2009/10-2012/2013: a longitudinal study - Tammes P, Morris RW, Brangan E, Checkland K, England H, Huntley A, Lasserson D, MacKichan F, Salisbury C, Wye L, Purdy S.
This study investigated associations of general practice and practice population characteristics with emergency care service attendance r... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - August 14, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Economics of Injury and Safety, PTSD, Injury Outcomes Source Type: news

Helping general practice get fitter and stay stronger
Primary care leaders seeking to strengthen practices at risk from workforce, demand and other pressures can access funding from NHS England ’s resilience programme, part of the General Practice Forward View. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - August 14, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Lease incentives for GP practices
The General Practice Forward View makes a commitment to help every GP practice that is a tenant in an NHS Property Services or Community Health Partnerships building to enter into a new lease. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - August 14, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

RCGP opposes changes to GP training
It says new model would not offer 'consistent or appropriate' experience Related items fromOnMedica Government outlines plans for expanding medical training GMC calls for major overhaul of medical training Trainees still suffer from heavy workloads General practice faces ‘brain drain’ New postgrad training standards to give doctors broader skills (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - August 14, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Government promises to pay for GP indemnity fee rises
DH says it is working with GPs and industry to meet any funding gap Related items fromOnMedica Plans to boost compensation payments for negligence claims ‘calamitous’ GPs urged to lobby on legal decision leading to 'devastating' indemnity rises Where will indemnity rises stop? Indemnity costs may lead GPs to quit general practice GP indemnity costs support may continue after 2018 (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - August 14, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

CNO says practice nurse plan is based on 'flexibility'
Offering a more “flexible” career path will be key to encouraging more newly-qualified nurses into general practice settings and to also tempting former staff back, according to the chief nursing officer for England. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - August 11, 2017 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

NHS Digital calls for general practice workload data
NHS Digital has issued a data provision notice to all general practices in England to notify them of a monthly collection of general practice appointment information which will commence on 10 September 2017. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - August 9, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Feasibility, acceptability and diagnostic test accuracy of frailty screening instruments in community-dwelling older people within the Australian general practice setting: a study protocol for a cross-sectional study - Ambagtsheer R, Visvanathan R, Cesari M, Yu S, Archibald M, Schultz T, Karnon J, Kitson A, Beilby J.
INTRODUCTION: Frailty is one of the most challenging aspects of population ageing due to its association with increased risk of poor health outcomes and quality of life. General practice provides an ideal setting for the prevention and management of frailt... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - August 7, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Elder Adults Source Type: news