More than just a job
Dr Rick Fraser, chief medical officer at Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, describes the far-reaching benefits of what is not just a job Related items fromOnMedica Report unveils major shake up of women's mental health care Mental health nurses set to become first responders Long-term plan 'must put primary care at heart of mental healthcare' Poor provision on mental health is failing young people Mental health: vital next steps on the path to parity (Source: OnMedica Views)
Source: OnMedica Views - February 11, 2019 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Ending the postcode lottery of stroke care
The chief executive of the Stroke Association looks at how integrated care systems provide a golden opportunity to improve stroke care and services both locally and nationally and make NHS Long Term Plan aspirations a reality Related items fromOnMedica Workforce toughest issue NHS faces over long-term, say employers NHS Long-Term Plan will tackle major killer conditions Stroke deaths falling in Europe, overall Having a stroke doubles dementia risk Thrombectomy to be offered up to 24h after onset of stroke (Source: OnMedica Views)
Source: OnMedica Views - February 5, 2019 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

The NHS Long Term Plan: Focusing on prevention to save thousands of lives
Duncan Selbie, PHE chief executive, discusses this new focus for the NHS and reflects on how it delivers on the top asks of the prevention work stream Related items fromOnMedica What the NHS Plan means for general practice NHS Long-Term Plan will tackle major killer conditions Workforce shortages and Brexit threaten long-term NHS Plan goals NHS staff submit evidence to NHS Pay Review Body NHS finances don ’t look healthy, warns spending watchdog (Source: OnMedica Views)
Source: OnMedica Views - January 28, 2019 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Why inventory management is integral to healthcare efficiencies
Monika Nott, inventory management improvement project lead at Taunton and Somerset NHS Foundation Trust, explains how their initiative is an integral part of the trust ’s improvement plans Related items fromOnMedica Doctors ’ leaders question pay body’s independence NHS staff productivity outstrips rest of economy ICSs show real potential for sustainable improvements after first year Workforce toughest issue NHS faces over long-term, say employers NHS finances don ’t look healthy, warns spending watchdog (Source: OnMedica Views)
Source: OnMedica Views - January 21, 2019 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

The diagnosis you fear to make and fear to miss
Cancer from a GP's perspective Related items fromOnMedica GPs need better test access to improve cancer diagnosis Red tape delaying availability of new cancer drugs Eyeballing skin cancer not good enough for accurate diagnosis, say experts New cervical cancer test outperforms existing tests (Source: OnMedica Views)
Source: OnMedica Views - January 15, 2019 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

South Tyneside ’s Canterbury Tales
The development of integrated care systems signals a move to a different way of working between organisations in the NHS and local authorities Related items fromOnMedica Ealing ’s integrated care journey: learning from international models Integrated mental health care cuts demand for GPs New areas to benefit from joined-up NHS and social care Respiratory disease: a suitable case for integrated care? Practice sees huge benefits from integration (Source: OnMedica Views)
Source: OnMedica Views - January 8, 2019 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

General practice and the multiple conditions challenge
GP in Oxford and a Policy Fellow at the Health Foundation, Dr Rebecca Fisher explores the challenges in helping patients to manage multiple conditions Related items fromOnMedica Deprivation cuts 10 years off healthy life in England Number of older people with four or more diseases will double by 2035 No more sticking plasters for primary care, insists England ’s GP leader Building an inclusive digital health and care service Four factors to deal with the problem of long-term health conditions (Source: OnMedica Views)
Source: OnMedica Views - December 31, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Mental health: Vital next steps on the path to parity
Sean Duggan,chief executive of the Mental Health Network, urges for a cross-governmental approach to taking crucial steps towards achieving parity of esteem Related items fromOnMedica Recoveries after psychological therapy rise to record levels Children with mental health crises get raw deal in emergency care departments Experts urge radical action on mental health crises Major trauma linked to higher risk of mental illness and suicide High rates of poor mental health among children and young people (Source: OnMedica Views)
Source: OnMedica Views - December 18, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

NHS strain would worsen in the face of a harsh Brexit
While uncertainties continue around Brexit, Luna Williams,Immigration Advice Service, discusses the impact of a hard Brexit on the NHS workforce Related items fromOnMedica Tackling low workforce morale in the NHS Key hospitals face major Brexit workforce threat Brexit could leave health and social care 51,000 nurses short A no-deal Brexit ‘spells disaster for patients,’ warns lead doctor Royal College of GPs backs ‘People’s Vote’ on Brexit (Source: OnMedica Views)
Source: OnMedica Views - December 11, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Accelerating Innovation in the NHS
The NHS RightCare Hot Housing Implementation Lead for the North region reflects on what is changing so that future innovations can be adopted sooner Related items fromOnMedica Extra annual £3.2bn needed to reverse impact of cuts to public health grant NHS England steps up efforts to boost integration of health and social care Will reducing unwarranted variation stifle innovation? Health innovation hampered by drive for profit, report warns Futureproofing our NHS: Innovations and their benefits (Source: OnMedica Views)
Source: OnMedica Views - December 3, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

The batteries must be included in NHS England ’s long-term plan for research
Shaun Griffin, interim head of policy and public affairs at the AMRC warns the plan can ’t be delivered unless the strategy equips its workforce to deliver research Related items fromOnMedica Key hospitals face major Brexit workforce threat Tackling low workforce morale in the NHS Global progress in health is not inevitable A no-deal Brexit ‘spells disaster for patients,’ warns lead doctor Warning Brexit may damage UK research and healthcare (Source: OnMedica Views)
Source: OnMedica Views - November 20, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

On and on and on
NHS England ’s Personalised Care Group clinical director gives his view on how a personalised self care approach makes self-management achievable and rewarding Related items fromOnMedica Four factors to deal with the problem of long-term health conditions Over 90% of people recognise importance of self-care Self-care: a win-win scenario Urging GPs towards prevention and self-care (Source: OnMedica Views)
Source: OnMedica Views - November 13, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

This is good news for patients and GPs
Deputy chief pharmaceutical officer Dr Bruce Warner looks at the benefits of relaxing the current criteria for clinical pharmacists in general practice Related items fromOnMedica Qualms about data sharing hampering pharmacists ’ palliative care role Still no plan for joined-up care, MPs warn in report New system launched to detect and prevent medication errors NHS England will recruit 240 pharmacists for care homes Practice-based pharmacists free up GP time (Source: OnMedica Views)
Source: OnMedica Views - November 12, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

My vision for prevention
Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, Matt Hancock, writes on making prevention a priority Related items fromOnMedica ‘Prevention better than cure’ vision to add five healthy years to lifespan by 2035 Unhealthiest cities are damaging public health Extra annual £3.2bn needed to reverse impact of cuts to public health grant Prioritise and fund prevention to save lives and NHS, warn doctors Urging GPs towards prevention and self-care (Source: OnMedica Views)
Source: OnMedica Views - November 6, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Respiratory disease: a suitable case for integrated care?
Mike Morgan, national clinical director for respiratory services at NHS England, outlines the opportunities for improved patient care that have been opened up by the development of integrated care systems Related items fromOnMedica Still no plan for joined-up care, MPs warn in report More powerful flu jab available for over 65s this winter Trusts warn this winter could be worse than last year Making integrated care happen New areas to benefit from joined-up NHS and social care (Source: OnMedica Views)
Source: OnMedica Views - October 30, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Four factors to deal with the problem of long-term health conditions
Long-term conditions consume 70% of the UK ’s NHS budget and is a challenge across the world. Graeme Currie, Professor of Public Management, cites four factors important in improving effectiveness and reducing the financial burden. Related items fromOnMedica Urging GPs towards prevention and self-care Building an inclusive digital health and care service Public health chiefs set out NHS plan targets Ministers risk putting money before health, BMA warns Long-term NHS plan must be honest, realistic, achievable and clear (Source: OnMedica Views)
Source: OnMedica Views - October 23, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

The NHS long-term plan: suggestions for framing the way ahead
Health Foundation chief executive Jennifer Dixon offers up her suggestions for the NHS long-term plan Related items fromOnMedica Wealthy tech companies creating ‘digital divide’ in health Collaboration 2.0: Moving towards true person-centred care Urging GPs towards prevention and self-care Prioritise and fund prevention to save lives and NHS, warn doctors Long-term NHS plan must be honest, realistic, achievable and clear (Source: OnMedica Views)
Source: OnMedica Views - October 11, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Building an inclusive digital health and care service
Digital health expert Roz Davies discusses the development of national digital inclusion programme fit for the 21st century Related items fromOnMedica NHS needs GPs more than tech, RCGP tells Hancock Futureproofing our NHS: Innovations and their benefits The end is nigh for paper prescriptions Digital transformation of health must involve nurse input New digital technology code 'will protect patients' (Source: OnMedica Views)
Source: OnMedica Views - October 9, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Urging GPs towards prevention and self-care
Joanna Bayley, a GP representing primary care providers on Gloucestershire ’s ICS Delivery Board, discusses the county’s innovative social prescribing initiative Related items fromOnMedica Poor investment in general practice risks patient safety One in four emergency admissions are avoidable Social prescribing can free up GPs ’ time and save resources Community-centred approaches for health and wellbeing More funds for social prescribing schemes (Source: OnMedica Views)
Source: OnMedica Views - October 2, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Collaboration 2.0: Moving towards true person-centred care
Jason Helgerson, former director of New York State's Medicaid programme, explores four key factors needed to move the dial on collaboration across health and social care. Related items fromOnMedica Better GP/consultant relations key to improving outpatients Allied Health Professions key to NHS integration NHS England steps up efforts to boost integration of health and social care ICSs show real potential for sustainable improvements after first year Collaboration is not for control freaks (Source: OnMedica Views)
Source: OnMedica Views - September 25, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Deadly DNP
Simon Thomas, PHE, shines a spotlight on this toxic chemical used by many for body building and weight reduction. Despite the warnings, the number of deaths is rising. Related items fromOnMedica RCGP warns on website prescribers Insecure adults may be drawn to Facebook to ease their anxieties Drug misuse deaths fall but still remain too high GPs must act carefully if patients are selling on prescription medications Not so ‘smart’ drugs (Source: OnMedica Views)
Source: OnMedica Views - September 18, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Questions on Health Economics and commissioning
Public Health England publishes the answers to a number of questions they received from professionals across the UK Related items fromOnMedica Public urged to check their ‘heart age’ to prevent premature death Sexual health services 'at tipping point' Put community services at heart of improving care in 10-year plan, NHS chiefs urged Next steps set out for shaping ambitions for NHS over coming decade Adult social care saved NHS £60m in past year (Source: OnMedica Views)
Source: OnMedica Views - September 11, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

What promotes uptake and retention in group-based weight management services?
PHE ’s Behavioural Insights team worked with researchers from Staffordshire University to conduct a literature review and behavioural analysis Related items fromOnMedica Number of morbidly obese will double in 20 years GPs should lead on weight management advice to children Preventing type 2 diabetes Diabetes and obesity higher among LGBQ teens Childhood obesity plan (Source: OnMedica Views)
Source: OnMedica Views - September 4, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

How we ’re helping to release the capabilities of frontline staff
Rachel Houghton explains how Nottingham University Hospitals ’ award-winning shared governance model has fundamentally changed how the trust operates Related items fromOnMedica NHS staff must have 'safe space' for investigations say MPs NHS performance figures show ‘the writing is on the wall’ NHS trusts facing leadership crisis as senior posts go unfilled Collaboration is not for control freaks Why staff are your greatest asset in the journey out of financial special measures (Source: OnMedica Views)
Source: OnMedica Views - August 27, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Drug misuse deaths fall but still remain too high
As the ONS releases the latest figures for drug-related deaths in England and Wales, Rosanna O ’Connor discusses the actions taken to tackle these issues Related items fromOnMedica Seaside towns top heroin deaths league table for England and Wales Tougher drug laws may not stop violence Baby-boomers ’ substance misuse problems ignored for too long Fentanyl and cocaine deaths on the rise Learning and growing together (Source: OnMedica Views)
Source: OnMedica Views - August 20, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Having the freedom to speak up
Two years on from the introduction of freedom to speak up guardians, what has been their impact on the NHS and what challenges do they face? Related items fromOnMedica Don ’t prosecute doctors who unwittingly make fatal errors, say medical leaders Medical students need better mental health support High Court ruling sparks concerns about health of NHS ‘no blame culture’ New scheme to help whistleblowers back to work New regulations promise better protection for whistleblowers (Source: OnMedica Views)
Source: OnMedica Views - August 13, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Hancock: I'll defend 'undervalued' NHS staff
Matt Hancock, Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, sets out his ambitions for the future of the NHS and talks about the potential of technology to improve healthcare Related items fromOnMedica So long and thanks for all the fish … Matt Hancock appointed health secretary in cabinet reshuffle NHS needs GPs more than tech, RCGP tells Hancock Hancock ’s half hour (Source: OnMedica Views)
Source: OnMedica Views - August 9, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Learning and growing together
The chief executive and chief medical officer of Spectrum Community Health CIC reflects on her experience as a clinical partner in the HMP Holme House drug recovery prison pilot Related items fromOnMedica Seaside towns top heroin deaths league table for England and Wales US Painkiller restrictions linked to rise in illegal drug trading NICE says new prisoners should be tested for infections Prisoners have right to health care as good as community care Drive to cut drug supply and use in prisons (Source: OnMedica Views)
Source: OnMedica Views - August 7, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Legal lessons from Gosport
Three perspectives on what should be learned from the events at the Gosport War Memorial Hospital Related items fromOnMedica Cost of clinical negligence continues to spiral out of control GMC to lose fitness to practise appeal rights New regulations promise better protection for whistleblowers Inquests - an insight for care providers Clinical negligence: does clerical staff bear responsibility? (Source: OnMedica Views)
Source: OnMedica Views - July 31, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Microbes don ’t need visas! The reality of Brexit and public health
Health threats fail to respect international borders – tackling them effectively requires joined-up policies and action, writes Kate Ling Related items fromOnMedica Immigration rules to be relaxed for doctors and nurses BMA tells Brexit negotiators to prioritise health May pledges UK will remain part of European medicines regulation One year on from Article 50: where are we, and what next for the NHS? Infectious disease spread risk if UK leaves EU early warning system (Source: OnMedica Views)
Source: OnMedica Views - July 24, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Futureproofing our NHS: Innovations and their benefits
A student-led health commission was tasked with coming up with creative ideas for how the health service can meet the needs and expectations of those who will use it in the future. Medical student, Haider Ali Sheikh summarises the commission ’s innovative recommendations Related items fromOnMedica Focus extra cash for NHS on services outside hospitals, say finance leads BMA warns of 'all year' NHS crisis Social care tax could ease pressure on NHS, say MPs Practices need to seize the opportunity of consolidating IT systems Will reducing unwarranted variation stifle innovation? (Source: OnMedica Views)
Source: OnMedica Views - July 17, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Clinical negligence: does clerical staff bear responsibility?
Deborah Blythe, partner and head of the Clinical Negligence team at Russell-Cooke, discusses two cases involving admin and nursing staff and the role adequate training and protocols can have in preventing these events Related items fromOnMedica BMA responds to rapid review into gross negligence manslaughter Is the legal bar for convicting HCPs of manslaughter 'too low'? Review published to protect doctors over medical errors MPs and peers must act to curb negligence claims Healthcare should be made a ‘safety critical industry’ (Source: OnMedica Views)
Source: OnMedica Views - July 10, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Rare cancers – hope for the future
This article considers how breakthroughs are paving the way to tackling rare cancers such as mesothelioma Related items fromOnMedica Lung cancer Worrying variation in treatment of mesothelioma cancer Mesothelioma Mesothelioma (Source: OnMedica Views)
Source: OnMedica Views - July 3, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Preventing type 2 diabetes
Jenifer Smith, Public Health England, discusses the national challenges of overcoming type 2 diabetes Related items fromOnMedica Job strain linked to heightened risk of early death in men with heart disease/diabetes Britons must turn to Nordic and Mediterranean diets NHS type 2 Diabetes Prevention Programme exceeds expectations (Source: OnMedica Views)
Source: OnMedica Views - June 26, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Time to hang up the phone – appointments need to be digitised
Xavier Bernal explains why practices should embrace online appointment booking Related items fromOnMedica GP numbers have fallen by 1,340 in just two years GP leader urges Hunt to keep fighting for GP workforce boost Online consults may not be quick fix for easing GP workload Online healthcare apps/websites still falling short on patient safety GPs to be asked about expanding online consultations (Source: OnMedica Views)
Source: OnMedica Views - June 19, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Practices need to seize the opportunity of consolidating IT systems
The trend for surgeries to become part of wider networks or federations of practices creates a great opportunity for them to use technology to work more effectively with their patients and peers, argues Paul Bensley Related items fromOnMedica Time to hang up the phone – appointments need to be digitised Integrated mental health care cuts demand for GPs NHS announces top-tier collaboration and integration Integration of health and social care lacks ‘transparency’ Making integrated care happen (Source: OnMedica Views)
Source: OnMedica Views - June 19, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Support after suicide – key to suicide prevention
Helen Garnham discusses the impact of suicide as well as the resources available to support those affected by a suicide or a suspected suicide Related items fromOnMedica Language matters Too many CCGs ’ residential mental health placements are out-of-area Integrated mental health care cuts demand for GPs World ’s first Ministerial Mental Health Summit announced New funding to help cut suicides (Source: OnMedica Views)
Source: OnMedica Views - June 12, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Join the OnMedica Media Panel
OnMedica has launched a media panel that will enable its members to air their views to the media on topical healthcare issues in the UK Related items fromOnMedica Poll overwhelmingly backs juniors ’ concerns over contract proposals NHS rationing – getting rid of the postcode lottery More than two thirds of doctors forced to ration care (Source: OnMedica Views)
Source: OnMedica Views - June 6, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

The NHS at 70 – a time to thank and celebrate our staff
The chief executive of Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust explores why the NHS ’s 70th birthday presents a golden opportunity for health and social care Related items fromOnMedica ‘The Price Ain’t Right’ 'NHS levy' would raise £2.3 billion for social care Winter 2017-18 was ‘watershed moment’ for overwhelmed NHS ‘Substantial tax rises’ needed to keep the NHS afloat New areas to benefit from joined-up NHS and social care (Source: OnMedica Views)
Source: OnMedica Views - June 5, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Inequalities in stage IV cancer treatments
Senior analyst Katherine Henson discusses how the National Cancer Registration and Analysis Service can help analyse trends in treatment to inform research that will improve patient outcomes Related items fromOnMedica Report reveals shortage of specialist cancer nurses Breast cancer screening fiasco set to put even more strain on understaffed units US calls for benefits vs harms discussion before prostate cancer screening High-intensity interval training beneficial after testicular cancer Piecing together kidney cancer evolution (Source: OnMedica Views)
Source: OnMedica Views - May 29, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Sepsis: the silent killer
Felicity Cottle discusses the impact of sepsis and what trusts can do to continue improving early recognition and treatment Related items fromOnMedica New drive to reduce sepsis deaths unveiled Treat sepsis with same urgency as suspected heart attacks, clinicians told Emergency sepsis care improving but treatment still not given fast enough Pneumonia or sepsis linked to increased risk of CVD New drive to fight ‘silent killer’ sepsis (Source: OnMedica Views)
Source: OnMedica Views - May 18, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Why the CQC was warmly received by independent hospitals
Dr Howard Freeman considers the main takeaways from the quality regulator ’s latest assessment of independent sector hospitals Related items fromOnMedica New head of NHS regulator announced Larger GP practices face regulatory fee hike More Mental Health detentions than ever before Online healthcare apps/websites still falling short on patient safety Two in five private hospitals need to improve safety (Source: OnMedica Views)
Source: OnMedica Views - May 15, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Artificial intelligence and the indispensable human in diagnostics
AI is now essential for automation in radiology and pathology, but it provides a means to support the human, not replace, writes Chris Scarisbrick, Sectra UK& Ireland Related items fromOnMedica NHS 'could have prevented' WannaCry ransomware attack Lords slam government ’s delivery of Life Sciences Strategy Alarming delays in implementing WannaCry lessons, say MPs The rise of robotics and AI in surgery NHS to revamp new technology training (Source: OnMedica Views)
Source: OnMedica Views - May 8, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Inquests - an insight for care providers
Inquests can be a difficult and stressful experience for all concerned, requiring careful preparation and a considered approach throughout. Andrew Andrews sets out some useful guidance for care providers Related items fromOnMedica BMA responds to rapid review into gross negligence manslaughter The rise of robotics and AI in surgery MPs and peers must act to curb negligence claims GMC says reflective practice must be protected in law GMC to investigate fitness to practise referrals (Source: OnMedica Views)
Source: OnMedica Views - May 8, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

GP recruitment and retention - top tips
Sarah Want gives advice for getting it right for your healthcare practice as we are seeing an increase in the number of experienced GPs retiring early leading to an increase in recruiting less experienced salaried GPs Related items fromOnMedica General practice bucks trend in increasing NHS workforce College welcomes plans for overseas GP recruitment Policy and planning for NHS workforce - ‘not fit for purpose’ Social media could deter people from becoming GPs GPs welcome contract boost (Source: OnMedica Views)
Source: OnMedica Views - May 1, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Headache and migraine disease insight report
This report by Wilmington Healthcare explores the impact headache and migraine have on admissions and reflects on how improved commissioning of services can help to reduce admissions through better management of patients Related items fromOnMedica Assessment of headaches in primary care Combined oral contraception, migraine and stroke GPs underestimate impact of migraine on patients Migraine may be linked to heightened cardiovascular disease risk (Source: OnMedica Views)
Source: OnMedica Views - April 30, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

How can GP practices guard against cyber-attacks?
This article explores how practices can ensure their defences are up to the challenge of any future cyber-attacks Related items fromOnMedica NHS cyber-attack was ‘inevitable’ given poor investment Hospitals and GPs hit by cyber-attack The NHS had a wake-up call after the WannaCry cyber-attacks – what is Europe doing to respond? Your files are locked NHS 'could have prevented' WannaCry ransomware attack (Source: OnMedica Views)
Source: OnMedica Views - April 24, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news