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Spatial competition and quality: evidence from the English family doctor market
Examined whether GP practices respond to local competition by increasing their quality. The research measures quality in terms of clinical performance and patient-reported satisfaction and uses a panel covering 8 years for over 8000 English general practices. Competition is measured by the number of rival doctors within a small distance. The research found that increases in local competition are associated with increases in clinical quality and patient satisfaction, particularly for practices with lower quality. However, the magnitude of the effect is small. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - February 22, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

LMCs to demand public warning over 'mounting threat to general practice'
Anger that governments across the UK are not doing enough to tackle pressure on general practice will dominate next month's UK LMCs conference, the BMA's top GP has warned. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - February 21, 2018 Category: Primary Care Tags: Practice News Source Type: news

NHS England invests £8.7m to digitally improve primary care
Ten companies will benefit from a£8.7m investment to help them develop boost innovation in general practice.  The shortlisted companies convinced a panel of experts that they have recognised which barriers technology faces in general practice and have looked into how to revolutionise the way it will be delivered in the future, according to the Small Business Research Initiative (SBRI) Healthcare, which provided the funding.Hide related content:  Show related contentread more (Source: Management in Practice)
Source: Management in Practice - February 20, 2018 Category: Practice Management Authors: vfiore Tags: *** Editor ' s Pick Practice development Latest News Source Type: news

NHS England gives companies £8.7m to develop new technologies to help GPs
NHS England has awarded £8.7m to 10 companies that are developing new technologies aimed at 'future-proofing' general practice. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - February 19, 2018 Category: Primary Care Tags: Practice News Source Type: news

Spatial competition and quality: evidence from the English family doctor market
A paper from York University examines whether general practice in England responds to local competition by improving on clinical performance and patient satisfaction. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - February 16, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

General practice lost more than 700 GP partners in 2017
Numbers of full-time equivalent (FTE) GP partners in England fell by 708 in 2017 - 3.4% of the total at the start of the year, according to official NHS data published on Thursday. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - February 15, 2018 Category: Primary Care Tags: Practice News Source Type: news

The importance of good relationships and sound planning
The latest issue of Commissioning Excellence looks at the importance of business planning in general practice, the secrets of successful relationships in GP collaborations, and PCC ’s work to support managed clinical networks in Manchester. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - February 14, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Four charts that highlight rising GP workload
Rising pressure on general practice over the past decade has brought the profession to a point where the vast majority now support a cap on workload. GPonline looks at the level of workload GPs face, and the factors behind it. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - February 12, 2018 Category: Primary Care Tags: Practice News Source Type: news

Why so many doctors in the UK are at risk of burnout
(Lancaster University) More than half of GPs in the UK are planning to leave general practice says the first look at the recruitment crisis.More than a thousand GPs have sought professional help from the NHS GP Health Service in the past year, with most cases involving stress, anxiety and depression and about 2% addiction.One in four have already left the profession but only one in five new medical graduates choose to become GPs. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - February 12, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Volunteering in general practice
Approximately 1.7 million adults actively volunteer in the health and social care sectors in England, Scotland and Wales. Volunteering is one of the ways that new relationships could be forged with patients and communities, according to the NHS Five Year Forward View. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - February 12, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Volunteering in general practice: Opportunities and insights
This paper explores how volunteers can provide support for the role of general practice, and the opportunities for organisations that currently support volunteering to work more closely with general practice. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - February 9, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

General practice extended access data: March 2018
The next bi-annual general practice extended access collection will be open for submission from 1 March 2018 to 6 April 2018. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - February 9, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Supporting nurse mentors to reduce the barriers to implementing alcohol Interventions and Brief Advice (IBA) in primary care
Conclusion This project indicates that by supporting nurse mentors in leading on the implementation of IBA there is potential for reducing alcohol-related harm within the existing resources of the surgery. This could support primary care in the practical implementation of an evidence based cost effective intervention which has experienced patchy uptake. References 1 Her Majesty’s Government (2012) The Government’s Alcohol Strategy -2012 2 House of Commons Health Committee, 29012, Government’s Alcohol Strategy 3 National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (2012) Alcohol-use disorders: prevention Guid...
Source: Alcohol Research UK - February 8, 2018 Category: Addiction Authors: admin Tags: Alcohol Insights Source Type: news

Final guidance for contractors on flu vaccine ordering for 2018/19
NHS England has issued a letter to all community pharmacies and general practices giving final advice on ordering flu vaccine for the 2018/19 season. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - February 8, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Volunteers could help ease pressure on GPs, think tank suggests
Volunteers working in and alongside general practice can reinforce GPs' links with local communities and could help to ease pressure on overstretched practices, a report says. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - February 7, 2018 Category: Primary Care Tags: Practice News Source Type: news

Divided we fall: getting the best out of general practice
A report from Nuffield Trust finds that initiatives that offer faster and easier access to GPs for some patients risk undermining the ability of doctors to manage people with complex or unknown illnesses and keep them out of hospital. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - February 7, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

How will the updated NHS England and NHS Improvement plans affect your practice?
NHS England and NHS Improvement released updated 2018/19 plans for the NHS, in which they expect CCGs to get more involved with general practices on a number of aspects. How will this update concern you? Here’s our pick:1.      Extended access to GPsHide related content:  Show related contentread more (Source: Management in Practice)
Source: Management in Practice - February 6, 2018 Category: Practice Management Authors: Angela Sharda Tags: *** Editor ' s Pick Practice development Practice management Latest News Source Type: news

Can we set workload limits in general practice?
According to a poll by GPonline, 81% of GPs believe the number of patient consultations they undertake in a day should be capped. But could a workload limit in general practice work? (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - February 5, 2018 Category: Primary Care Tags: News Analysis Source Type: news

Divided we fall: getting the best out of general practice
This report examines the effects of recent policy to segment general practice into different types of service tailored to the needs of different patients. It looks at the tensions between this new approach and the traditional GP role of'medical generalism'in a service with constrained resources and argues that if medical generalism is undermined, the value that general practice achieves for the NHS will reduce. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - February 5, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

New research on why GPs quit patient care
(University of Exeter) The research aimed to identify factors influencing GPs' decisions about whether or not to remain in direct patient care, and what might help to retain them in the role.Three reasons emerged: a sense that general practice based primary care was under-valued within the healthcare system; concerns regarding professional risk encountered in delivering care in an increasingly complex health environment; and finally, considerations about leaving or remaining in direct patient care and the options and choices that GPs felt were available to them. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - February 2, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

International GP recruitment deadline brought forward
NHS England ’s general practice workforce team has brought forward the submission date for STP applications to join the international GP recruitment programme. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - February 2, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

England and Wales eye Scottish-style contract deals on premises
GP leaders in England and Wales could follow the example set by the new Scottish contract deal to free general practice from responsibility for premises. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - January 31, 2018 Category: Primary Care Tags: Practice News Source Type: news

Face-to-face consultation alternatives may not ease workload or improve patient access, study finds
Alternatives to face-to-face GP consultations are difficult to implement and might not translate into better patient access and reductions in workload, new research has suggested Practices were struggling to implement alternatives to traditional consultations, a study published today (30 January) in the British Journal of General Practice has found.Hide related content:  Show related contentread more (Source: Management in Practice)
Source: Management in Practice - January 31, 2018 Category: Practice Management Authors: Angela Sharda Tags: *** Editor ' s Pick Patient Access Practice development Practice management Latest News Source Type: news

Interview: GPs have a bright future despite the current crisis, says Dr Richard Vautrey
GPC chair Dr Richard Vautrey talks to GPonline about the challenges facing general practice, and explains why he's still positive about its future. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - January 30, 2018 Category: Primary Care Tags: News Analysis Source Type: news

GP practices must create ‘accepting atmosphere’ for LGBT patients
Practices should adopt a few changes to create an‘accepting atmosphere’ and improve health outcomes in LGBT patients, a study published today in the British Journal of General Practice has suggested. In their study, researchers said that sometimes only inexpensive changes are needed, such as‘displaying signs or symbols that convey an accepting atmosphere, such as a rainbow symbol or the Human Rights Campaign logo’.Hide related content:  Show related contentread more (Source: Management in Practice)
Source: Management in Practice - January 30, 2018 Category: Practice Management Authors: Angela Sharda Tags: *** Editor ' s Pick Patient Access Patients Practice development Latest News Source Type: news

Alternatives to face-to-face GP consultations unlikely to deliver hoped-for benefits in practice
The realities of implementing alternatives to face-to-face GP consultations, such as telephone, email, online and video consultations, mean that hoped-for reductions in GP workload and increases in available appointments for patients might not be realised. This is the finding of a study by led by researchers at the University of Bristol, published in the British Journal of General Practice today. (Source: University of Bristol news)
Source: University of Bristol news - January 30, 2018 Category: Universities & Medical Training Tags: Research, Health; Faculty of Health Sciences, Faculty of Health Sciences, Bristol Medical School; Press Release Source Type: news

Can You Inject Without the Needle?
Patients aren’t typically thrilled by the prospect of needles, and sharps can pose hazards for patients and caretakers. So, could an injectable device be developed without a needle? Andrew Coats, senior director of engineering at Portal Instruments, will be exploring the possibilities in the upcoming Pharmapack 2018 presentation, “Needle-free injectors: considerations for adopting next gen technology.” Portal has developed a needle-free injector based off jet-injector technology, which is essentially a high-speed jet of drug that is much smaller than a needle and can deliver up to 1 mL to the subcutaneous...
Source: MDDI - January 24, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Daphne Allen Tags: Medical Device Business Source Type: news

Overtreatment Common Among Older People With Diabetes Overtreatment Common Among Older People With Diabetes
Dutch study finds 20% of adults aged 70 and older with type 2 diabetes in general practice are overtreated with glucose-lowering agents, with probable harmful consequences.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - January 24, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Diabetes & Endocrinology News Source Type: news

Busting the myths about collaborative arrangements for general practice
General practices are working together, but once the purpose, vision and function of the collaboration are clear there are a number of routes to consider. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - January 24, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Overworked GPs rejecting out-of-hours shifts, BMA poll reveals
More than half of GPs work some out-of-hours shifts but many are choosing not to work outside core hours because the daily pressures of general practice have left them exhausted, a BMA poll reveals. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - January 23, 2018 Category: Primary Care Tags: Practice News Source Type: news

Sustainability and beyond: supporting your practices to develop
The GP forward view sets out a vision for general practice that starts with practical steps to free up GP time, improve efficiency and make better use of the skills available in the workforce. It recognises that general practice needs to be strong, healthy and sustainable to survive. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - January 22, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

GP practice lease incentive scheme extended until end of March 2018
The General Practice Forward View offered the following support to GP practices that are tenants of an NHS Property Services or Community Health Partnerships (freehold or leased) building to enter into a new lease: reimbursement of Stamp Duty Land Tax for the initial term (up to 15 years), contribution up to £1,000 plus VAT of legal fees related to the lease transaction and reimbursement of management fees for the financial year 2016-2017 and 2017-2018. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - January 19, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

SNOMED CT in primary care - implementation update
In order to minimise disruption at year-end, SNOMED CT will be deployed in phases across general practice from April 2018. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - January 19, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Joint framework: commissioning and regulating together: a practical guide for staff
This framework, produced in partnership with NHS England and NHS Clinical Commissioners, aims to help staff working in CQC, NHS England and CCGs reduce duplication in the regulation and oversight of general practice. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - January 18, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Working together to reduce duplication in general practice
This framework is designed to help these organisations work more effectively together and reduce duplication in the regulation of general practice (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - January 17, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Changing profession
From nurses who operate on their patients to those who run general practices, nursing is changing. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - January 17, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Busting the myths about collaborative arrangements for general practice
General practices are working more collaboratively. However, once the purpose, vision and function of the collaboration are clear there are a number of routes to consider. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - January 16, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Reminding people about vaccinations can increase rates of immunization
Anupdated Cochrane Review, published in the Cochrane Library today, suggests that reminding people when their vaccinations are due or overdue increases the number of people being immunized.Rates of immunization against infectious diseases in children and adults are improving, but under-vaccination remains a problem that results in vaccine-preventable deaths and illnesses. In Europe, 11,316 cases of measles were reported during 2012, and an estimated four to 50 million symptomatic cases of flu occur each year.Reminders can be sent to patients, parents or guardians, or whole populations when vaccines are due, either because ...
Source: Cochrane News and Events - January 15, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: Muriah Umoquit Source Type: news

New framework to reduce duplication in general practice
A new framework on how to share information and avoid duplication of requests in general practice has been published today.Hide related content:  Show related contentread more (Source: Management in Practice)
Source: Management in Practice - January 12, 2018 Category: Practice Management Authors: Angela Sharda Tags: *** Editor ' s Pick CQC Practice development Latest News Source Type: news

Working together to reduce duplication in general practice
The Care Quality Commission has developed a framework to reduce duplication in the regulation and oversight of general practice. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - January 12, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Longer placements in general practice encourage doctors to choose GP careers
The majority of medical trainees who undertake additional training placements in general practice ultimately choose a career in the profession, a Swiss study has found. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - January 10, 2018 Category: Primary Care Tags: Practice News Source Type: news

General practice set to get more pharmacists
Nearly 34 million patients will benefit from improved GP services as NHS England boosts the number of surgery-based clinical pharmacists that can offer expert medication and treatment. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - January 10, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Sustainability and beyond: supporting your practices to develop
The GP forward view sets out a vision for general practice that starts with practical steps to free up GP time, improve efficiency and make better use of the skills available in the workforce. It recognises that general practice needs to be strong, healthy and sustainable to survive. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - January 9, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

This winter is my worst yet in the NHS, says GPC chair
The BMA's top GP has said this is the worst winter for the NHS he has seen in 30 years in general practice, warning that an emerging flu crisis threatens to put 'unprecedented pressure' on primary care. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - January 8, 2018 Category: Primary Care Tags: Practice News Source Type: news

Medical News Today: Physicians: Five extraordinary hobbies to keep burnout at bay
For physicians, the risk of burnout is at an all time high. Find out how five doctors' hobbies help them to keep burnout at arm's length. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - January 6, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Primary Care / General Practice Source Type: news

Applications open for the next wave of clinical pharmacists in general practice
The General Practice Forward View committed to over £100m of investment to support an extra 1,500 clinical pharmacists to work in general practice by 2020/21. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - January 5, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Public fear NHS at risk of collapse within five years without extra cash
Patient safety also a concern, small survey of service users and locum staff indicates Related items fromOnMedica GMC issues warning over impact of winter pressures NHS pressures will jeopardise patient safety, doctors warn Fall in nurse numbers could threaten patient safety Social care collapse by next year will hurt NHS, warn experts General practice still on brink of collapse, warn GP leaders (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - January 5, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Busting the myths about collaborative arrangements for general practice
General practices are working more collaboratively. However, once the purpose, vision and function of the collaboration are clear there are a number of routes to consider. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - January 4, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

RCGP campaign to help combat winter pressures in general practice
Patients are being asked to adopt a new three-step mantra to help relieve pressures on GP services this winter. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - January 3, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news