Mental health practitioners in primary care: ‘There’s more of a conversation happening’
As part of Management in Practice’s series on the wider primary care team, Rachel Carter explores how practices are working with specialist mental health staff  Last year, NHS England announced that mental health therapists could become‘the norm’ in general practice, as it launched guidance for GPs on how to co-locate this group of professionals into their surgeries.  Hide related content:  Show related contentread more (Source: Management in Practice)
Source: Management in Practice - March 20, 2019 Category: Practice Management Authors: Angela Sharda Tags: *** Editor ' s Pick Latest News Source Type: news

Patients risk homelessness after DWP sends GPs misleading benefits letters
GPs are being explicitly told not to issue fit notes to patients by the Department of Work and Pensions, even if there is still a chance that the decision could be appealed.  The changes to the letters sent to GPs by the DWP remove the section warning that they may still need to issue fit notes - for example if a patient is appealing a decision or their condition gets significantly worse.  This means that GPs may have been put off from issuing a fit note, even if they believed one was needed. Hide related content:  Show related contentread more (Source: Management in Practice)
Source: Management in Practice - March 20, 2019 Category: Practice Management Authors: costanzapearce Tags: *** Editor ' s Pick Latest News Source Type: news

Practice receptionists should provide tech support to patients, says Londonwide LMCs
Receptionists should assist patients who struggle to use digital facilities in their practices, a spokesperson for Londonwide LMCs has said.  Concerns were raised at the Londonwide LMCs’ Annual Conference last week (12 March) that health inequalities could arise as a result of the increased use of technology in the health service. Hide related content:  Show related contentread more (Source: Management in Practice)
Source: Management in Practice - March 19, 2019 Category: Practice Management Authors: costanzapearce Tags: *** Editor ' s Pick Latest News Source Type: news

PCNs an ‘opportunity’ to build our workforce teams, says BMA
The recruitment of additional healthcare professionals into primary care networks (PCNs) is‘an opportunity to build on our workforce teams and look after our patients further’, a BMA spokesperson has said. Dr Krishna Kasaraneni, an executive member of the BMA GP committee, called on practices to join networks in order to better support their teams and provide improved patient care.Hide related content:  Show related contentread more (Source: Management in Practice)
Source: Management in Practice - March 18, 2019 Category: Practice Management Authors: costanzapearce Tags: *** Editor ' s Pick Latest News Source Type: news

2018 General Practice Awards winners: Women's Health Initiative
The winners of the General Practice Awards 2018 were revealed at an awards ceremony on Friday, 30 November at the Park Plaza Westminster Bridge London hotel.  The awards celebrated their 10th anniversary last year and recognised the hard work and innovation of general practice teams and individuals.Hide related content:  Show related contentread more (Source: Management in Practice)
Source: Management in Practice - March 18, 2019 Category: Practice Management Authors: Angela Sharda Tags: *** Editor ' s Pick Latest News Source Type: news

Practice managers call for funding to support set up of PCNs
Practice managers have raised concerns about a lack of funding to support them in setting up primary care networks (PCNs). The additional funding of£1.50 per patient provided as part of the new GP contract will come in from April, after practices have signed up to networks.Hide related content:  Show related contentread more (Source: Management in Practice)
Source: Management in Practice - March 15, 2019 Category: Practice Management Authors: costanzapearce Tags: *** Editor ' s Pick Latest News Source Type: news

30,000-patient networks set to receive £1 per head more than larger networks
Primary care networks with a population size of 30,000 are set to receive£1 per patient more than 50,000-patient networks in 2019/20, according to new guidance from the BMA. Hide related content:  Show related contentread more (Source: Management in Practice)
Source: Management in Practice - March 15, 2019 Category: Practice Management Authors: costanzapearce Tags: *** Editor ' s Pick Latest News Source Type: news

Sponsored feature: five steps to successfully resolving patient complaints
Medical Defence Union (MDU) medico-legal adviser Dr Kathryn Leask on how practices can effectively address complaints at an early stage  Dealing with a practice complaint can be time consuming and, depending on the context, distressing.  However, in the Medical Defence Union’s (MDU) experience, the time taken to provide a response will be well spent if the complainant’s concerns can be addressed at the first opportunity. Hide related content:  Show related contentread more (Source: Management in Practice)
Source: Management in Practice - March 14, 2019 Category: Practice Management Authors: Angela Sharda Tags: *** Editor ' s Pick Latest News Personal Practice Source Type: news

Chancellor overlooks GP pension tax allowance in Spring Budget statement
The pension tax allowance for general practice failed to get a mention in the Spring Statement.  Outlining the Spring Budget today in the House of Commons, Chancellor Philip Hammond did not speak of the current pension taxation policies and their impact on GPs, despite the Government previously suggesting it would address the issue and the BMA yesterday calling for an announcement in today's Spring Statement. Hide related content:  Show related contentread more (Source: Management in Practice)
Source: Management in Practice - March 14, 2019 Category: Practice Management Authors: costanzapearce Tags: *** Editor ' s Pick Latest News Source Type: news

Primary care networks will not have to be led by GPs, says NHS England
Primary care networks will not have to be led by a GP, with'any clinician' in general practice able to take charge, NHS England has said.  Under the new five-year GP contract, practices will be provided with extra funding to join networks, which will see groups of practices serve 30-50,000 patients.  All networks must appoint an accountable clinical director, who will be responsible for ensuring it delivers local services, by 15 May. Hide related content:  Show related contentread more (Source: Management in Practice)
Source: Management in Practice - March 13, 2019 Category: Practice Management Authors: costanzapearce Tags: *** Editor ' s Pick Latest News Source Type: news

CCGs are trying to ‘manipulate’ formation of networks, BMA told
CCGs in some areas of England have been trying to‘manipulate’ new primary care networks to ensure they align with their own plans, according to the BMA.  GPs told our sister publication Pulse, where this story was first published, that a number of CCGs have been trying to influence how networks are set-up, including telling practices which GP should become their clinical director. Hide related content:  Show related contentread more (Source: Management in Practice)
Source: Management in Practice - March 12, 2019 Category: Practice Management Authors: Angela Sharda Tags: *** Editor ' s Pick Latest News Source Type: news

New national hotline to help homeless patients access general practice services
A Manchester-based social enterprise is to launch a new hotline for homeless patients who struggle to access GP care.  Homeless Friendly, an initiative that signposts practices as particularly welcoming to patients sleeping rough, is to introduce the hotline.  The service will direct patients towards GP surgeries who will register people without a fixed address, and advocate on their behalf when they struggle to access care. Hide related content:  Show related contentread more (Source: Management in Practice)
Source: Management in Practice - March 12, 2019 Category: Practice Management Authors: Angela Sharda Tags: *** Editor ' s Pick Latest News Source Type: news

Dr Nikita Kanani: ‘This contract provides the beginning of a response’
Dr Nikita Kanani tells Jaimie Kaffash the new contract is the first step in tackling the crisis in general practice  NHS England’s acting director for primary care is that rare beast– an NHS England official who is admired by the grassroots. Dr Nikita Kanani has managed to foster goodwill by being accessible.‘So many practices already have my mobile number and can tweet me or email me, or whatever because I want to hear what’s going on,’ she says. Hide related content:  Show related contentread more (Source: Management in Practice)
Source: Management in Practice - March 11, 2019 Category: Practice Management Authors: costanzapearce Tags: *** Editor ' s Pick Latest News Source Type: news

Practices must have input into CCG decisions as NHS long-term plan is delivered, say MPs
CCGs must involve local GPs in decision-making as services are increasingly commissioned across larger populations, a committee of MPs has warned.  The Public Accounts Committee, which has been scrutinising CCG performance, said in a report published today there is a risk that commissioners will’lose touch’ with local populations as efforts are made to deliver the NHS’s long-term plan. Hide related content:  Show related contentread more (Source: Management in Practice)
Source: Management in Practice - March 8, 2019 Category: Practice Management Authors: costanzapearce Tags: *** Editor ' s Pick Latest News Source Type: news

Supporting older doctors: five things you need to know about the BMA ’s report
The BMA has said employers must do more to support older doctors, who represent a significant proportion of the NHS workforce. Nearly half (47%) of GPs in the UK are over the age of 45 and nearly two in ten (17%) are over 55, according to theBMA’s report - supporting an ageing medical workforce– published last week (26 February).Hide related content:  Show related contentread more (Source: Management in Practice)
Source: Management in Practice - March 7, 2019 Category: Practice Management Authors: costanzapearce Tags: *** Editor ' s Pick Latest News Source Type: news

Patient satisfaction in general practice drops to record low levels as'intense pressures' show
A quarter of patients are dissatisfied with general practice - the lowest level since data was first collected in 1983 – a new analysis of a national survey has claimed.   The King's Fund and Nuffield Trust's analysis of the 2018 British Social Attitudes (BSA) survey revealed only 63% of people taking part were satisfied with GP services. Hide related content:  Show related contentread more (Source: Management in Practice)
Source: Management in Practice - March 7, 2019 Category: Practice Management Authors: costanzapearce Tags: *** Editor ' s Pick Latest News Source Type: news

Government pledges to cover costs of increased employer pension contributions until 2023/24
The Government will cover the cost of the increased employer contribution rate until 2023/24, the Treasury has confirmed.  In a consultation response to the NHS pension scheme, the Government announced that it will introduce a new contribution rate of 20.6%, in addition to a 0.08% administration charge, for employers from 1 April 2019.  This represents an increase of 6.3 percentage points from the current tax year. Hide related content:  Show related contentread more (Source: Management in Practice)
Source: Management in Practice - March 6, 2019 Category: Practice Management Authors: Angela Sharda Tags: *** Editor ' s Pick Latest News Source Type: news

Practices asked to provide Brexit plan in case of no-deal
Practices must provide a plan for how they will cope in the case of a no-deal Brexit, according to some CCGs.  GPs in Nottinghamshire are expected to carry-out‘EU exit readiness planning, local risk assessments and prepare plans for wider potential impacts’, and nominate a lead in the practice.  Notices appeared in NHS Nottingham City CCG; NHS Nottingham North and East CCG; NHS Nottingham West CCG; and NHS Rushcliffe CCG board papers, which said practices should do this in line with Government planning guidance. Hide related content:  Show related contentread more (Source: Management in Practice)
Source: Management in Practice - March 6, 2019 Category: Practice Management Authors: costanzapearce Tags: *** Editor ' s Pick Latest News Source Type: news

The PM edit: Val Denton in her own words
Management in Practice is speaking to a series of PMs on the front-line about what being a practice manager means to them. Reporter Costanza Pearce talks to Val Denton about the challenges practice management poses and the future of the profession. Q. How has being a practice manager changed since you first started out in the profession? Hide related content:  Show related contentread more (Source: Management in Practice)
Source: Management in Practice - March 6, 2019 Category: Practice Management Authors: costanzapearce Tags: *** Editor ' s Pick Latest News Source Type: news

Why Patients Come to Primary Care: An 8-question Quiz
Take a minute to test your knowledge of the conditions and symptoms most likely to bring patients to your practice. (Source: ConsultantLive)
Source: ConsultantLive - March 5, 2019 Category: Internal Medicine Authors: Leo Robert Tags: Practice Management Source Type: news

Primary care at scale diploma prepares practice managers to run networks
A new diploma has equipped NHS managers to develop primary care at scale alongside their roles as practice managers.  According to the National Association of Primary Care (NAPC), who deliver the course, practice managers are‘key’ to leading‘the transformation of primary care’. Hide related content:  Show related contentread more (Source: Management in Practice)
Source: Management in Practice - March 5, 2019 Category: Practice Management Authors: costanzapearce Tags: *** Editor ' s Pick Latest News Source Type: news

Will networks save general practice?
Practices across the UK are having to form collectives, but will they prove bene ficial for GPs and patients, asks Léa Legraien  Forget the days of GP practices competing against one another. Collective working is the way forward for the NHS. And now it has been formalised through the newfive-year GP contract in England. Hide related content:  Show related contentread more (Source: Management in Practice)
Source: Management in Practice - March 4, 2019 Category: Practice Management Authors: costanzapearce Tags: *** Editor ' s Pick Latest News Source Type: news

Manchester GP practices to offer food bank kits through Waitrose funding
An initiative for the homeless has been granted funding by supermarket chain Waitrose to offer food bank starter kits in GP practices in Manchester. The not-for-profit Homeless Friendly initiative helps people sleeping rough access GP care by partnering with practices that pledge to welcome patients who do not have a fixed address. After pledging, practices receive training on how to care for homeless patients and stickers to display in their window to show they are part of the scheme.Hide related content:  Show related contentread more (Source: Management in Practice)
Source: Management in Practice - March 4, 2019 Category: Practice Management Authors: Angela Sharda Tags: *** Editor ' s Pick Latest News Source Type: news

Practice pharmacists and nurses in ‘turf war’ due to ambiguous job roles, report finds
A lack of clarity about the remit of practice pharmacists has led to some nurses viewing them as a threat, a new report has revealed. The report, published in the Research in Social and Administrative Pharmacy journal last month, interviewed 37 healthcare professionals from 10 clinics in South-East England, including pharmacists, GPs and nurses.Hide related content:  Show related contentread more (Source: Management in Practice)
Source: Management in Practice - March 1, 2019 Category: Practice Management Authors: Angela Sharda Tags: *** Editor ' s Pick Latest News Source Type: news

40% of GPs want to leave the job in the next five years, study finds
Four in 10 GPs intend to quit general practice in the next five years, according to a new study.  A survey conducted by the University of Warwick revealed that 40% of the 929 GPs surveyed want to leave the profession within the next five years, an increase of nearly a third since 2014.  GPs who responded to the survey suggested that interventions to improve GP retention included‘increased funding, more GPs, better education of the public and expanding non-clinical and support staff.’ Hide related content:  Show related contentread more (Source: Management in Practice)
Source: Management in Practice - March 1, 2019 Category: Practice Management Authors: Angela Sharda Tags: *** Editor ' s Pick Latest News Source Type: news

CQC outgoing chief GP inspector appointed as chair at hospital trust
The CQC’s outgoing chief inspector of general practice has been appointed chair of the Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust.  Professor Steve Field is due to stand down from his CQC role in March and will take up his new position on 1 April 2019.  He replaces Jeremy Vanes, who will leave the trust at the end of March after serving as a chair and non-executive director for 13 years. Hide related content:  Show related contentread more (Source: Management in Practice)
Source: Management in Practice - February 28, 2019 Category: Practice Management Authors: costanzapearce Tags: *** Editor ' s Pick Latest News Source Type: news

Practice Management Sessions Offer Map for Navigating Challenges
The practice management sessions at the Society ’s 2019 annual conference are like “a map,” said Tom Haithcoat, chief operating officer for CareConnectMD and incoming chair of the Practice Group Network (PGN). This map will help participants navigate challenges, opportunities, new developments, and other issues so they can keep up and enjoy success in the constantly evolving value-based medicine environment. (Source: Caring for the Ages)
Source: Caring for the Ages - February 28, 2019 Category: Health Management Tags: News From The Society Source Type: news

Practice physiotherapists cut GP appointments and treat patients faster
Physiotherapists based in practices free up GPs' time and prevent up to three quarters of patients from needing extra appointments, NHS England has said.  In Darlington, a physiotherapist took pressure off four local GP practices by helping 1,147 patients with common musculoskeletal conditions– leading to just 2% requiring a GP appointment.  Three quarters of the patients did not need further appointments, said NHS England. Hide related content:  Show related contentread more (Source: Management in Practice)
Source: Management in Practice - February 27, 2019 Category: Practice Management Authors: costanzapearce Tags: *** Editor ' s Pick Latest News Source Type: news

Funding for new staff could be removed to'offset' practice costs in case of inflation
Primary care networks might not be able to recruit additional staff if inflation rises significantly as that money would be used to cover practices' increased core costs, the BMA has said.  As part of the five-year GP contract, NHS England and the BMA will introduce a new'balancing mechanism' to protect practices and taxpayers against’unexpectedly large increases in inflation or partner drawings’. Hide related content:  Show related contentread more (Source: Management in Practice)
Source: Management in Practice - February 26, 2019 Category: Practice Management Authors: costanzapearce Tags: *** Editor ' s Pick Latest News Source Type: news

Government pledges mental health and wellbeing support for all NHS staff
The Government will consider improved mental health and wellbeing support for all NHS staff as part of its upcoming workforce implementation plan, it has announced. The support will be based on 33 recommendations made by Health Education England (HEE) in a report published last week (20 February). The NHS Staff and Learners’ Mental Wellbeing Commission was commissioned by the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) last year and recommends dedicated mental health support for NHS staff across primary and secondary care. Hide related content:  Show related contentread more (Source: Management in Practice)
Source: Management in Practice - February 25, 2019 Category: Practice Management Authors: costanzapearce Tags: *** Editor ' s Pick Latest News Source Type: news

3,000 practices at risk of GDPR breach due to new childhood vaccine data system
Over 3,000 GP practices are at risk of breaching the Data Protection Act due to a new childhood vaccination data system.  The BMA warned around 3,300 practices could be affected by the new extraction system, which is used to share data with the Child Health Information Service (CHIS).  The concerns revolve around the principle of data minimisation, which requires systems to hold the minimum amount of personal infromation needed to fulfil the purpose, but no more. Hide related content:  Show related contentread more (Source: Management in Practice)
Source: Management in Practice - February 25, 2019 Category: Practice Management Authors: costanzapearce Tags: *** Editor ' s Pick Latest News Source Type: news

How our practice cut average appointment waiting times from two weeks to two days
Stratford Village Surgery in East London, which cares for around 10,000 patients, used to struggle to meet demand and its patients were sometimes waiting for over two weeks to be seen.  However, after introducing a new online triage system, the surgery managed to reduce average waiting times for appointments from two weeks to two days.  GP and medical director at Stratford Village Surgery Dr Bhupinder Kohli tells Management in Practice how they achieved this. The problem Hide related content:  Show related contentread more (Source: Management in Practice)
Source: Management in Practice - February 22, 2019 Category: Practice Management Authors: vfiore Tags: *** Editor ' s Pick Patient Access Latest News Source Type: news

GP federations will not count as primary care networks'in most cases '
Practices will have just a couple of months to join new primary care networks if they are to qualify for a significant amount of funding being invested in the organisations by NHS England.  There is much uncertainty about how primary care networks - being brought in under the new GP contract - will be established and information released so far has only indicated they will be based on geography and be between 30,000 to 50,00 patients in size. Hide related content:  Show related contentread more (Source: Management in Practice)
Source: Management in Practice - February 21, 2019 Category: Practice Management Authors: Angela Sharda Tags: *** Editor ' s Pick Latest News Source Type: news

Half of GP practice buildings are not fit for purpose, BMA survey reveals
Only half of GP practice buildings are fit for purpose, a new BMA survey has found.  The survey of over 1,000 practice manager and GPs in England found that eight out of ten practices said their premises were not suitable for'future needs or anticipated population growth'.  The BMa said the findings are in line with what GPs have been saying for years, but now they have evidence to show just how serious the situation is. Hide related content:  Show related contentread more (Source: Management in Practice)
Source: Management in Practice - February 21, 2019 Category: Practice Management Authors: Angela Sharda Tags: *** Editor ' s Pick Latest News Personal Practice Source Type: news

GPs call for improved resources to help practice staff deal with patient deaths
Just 2% of GPs say their practice provides formal support for staff in dealing with grief and loss, new research has revealed. The study, which surveyed 1,005 GPs last month, was carried out by research organisation ComRes and released to coincide with a new set of standards for end of life care. Hide related content:  Show related contentread more (Source: Management in Practice)
Source: Management in Practice - February 20, 2019 Category: Practice Management Authors: costanzapearce Tags: *** Editor ' s Pick Latest News Source Type: news

Global sum will increase by just 92p per patient
GPs will recieve just under£1 per patient more as part of the 2019/20 global sum, NHS England has announced. Hide related content:  Show related contentread more (Source: Management in Practice)
Source: Management in Practice - February 20, 2019 Category: Practice Management Authors: Angela Sharda Tags: *** Editor ' s Pick Latest News Source Type: news

Sponsored feature: raising concerns about a colleague
Medical Defence Union (MDU) medico-legal adviser Dr Kathryn Leask explains the steps practice managers need to take when raising concerns about a colleague whose health may be affecting their work.  In the MDU’s experience having concerns about a colleague’s health or performance can put practice managers in a difficult position. While you may be concerned for the colleague’s wellbeing you also have an obligation to ensure their situation does not impact on patient safety. Hide related content:  Show related contentread more (Source: Management in Practice)
Source: Management in Practice - February 20, 2019 Category: Practice Management Authors: Angela Sharda Tags: *** Editor ' s Pick Latest News Personal Practice Source Type: news

Practice managers potentially liable for sexual harassment against staff, trade union says
Practice managers should be held to account if they fail to act after third-party sexual harassment incidents against their staff, trade union UNISON has said. As part of a motion debated at UNISON’s annual women’s conference in Bournemouth on 16 February, the union said that all public sector employers– including NHS managers– should be liable for third party sexual harassment episodes against their staff.Hide related content:  Show related contentread more (Source: Management in Practice)
Source: Management in Practice - February 19, 2019 Category: Practice Management Authors: costanzapearce Tags: *** Editor ' s Pick Latest News Source Type: news

Legislation change allows practices to ‘suspend current contract’ when integrating with an ICP
Legislative changes are being introduced that will make it easier for practices to become part of an integrated care provider (ICP), the Government has announced.  The changes will allow organisations to work more closely together, giving GP practices the possibility to easily switch from their current contracts to an ICP contract, if they wish to do so, the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) said. Hide related content:  Show related contentread more (Source: Management in Practice)
Source: Management in Practice - February 18, 2019 Category: Practice Management Authors: Angela Sharda Tags: *** Editor ' s Pick Latest News Source Type: news

Legal advice potentially offered in practices: the sector reacts
Legal advice could potentially be offered in GP practices, under Government reforms to legal aid.  The Government's new strategy for legal aid, published last week, said providing the advice at the same site as other services'can avoid barriers to support that may arise from multiple referrals between providers'.  Deputy editor Angela Sharda speaks to three different practice managers on their views on the topic.  The sector reacts Hide related content:  Show related contentread more (Source: Management in Practice)
Source: Management in Practice - February 15, 2019 Category: Practice Management Authors: Angela Sharda Tags: *** Editor ' s Pick Latest News Source Type: news

Carestream Dental Announces Impressive Line-up of Speakers for IDS 2019
ATLANTA—Behind every smile there ’s a story and—at the International Dental Show 2019—Carestream Dental is telling the stories of patients and the oral healthcare professionals who changed their lives. Over the course of four days, 21 respected clinicians from around the world will present 17 clinical cases and lectures i n the Carestream Dental booth.“IDS is so much more than a trade show; it’s a premier international educational event,” Ed Shellard, D.M.D., chief dental officer, Carestream Dental, said. “Carestream Dental will play an important role in educating attendees b...
Source: Dental Technology Blog - February 15, 2019 Category: Dentistry Source Type: news

‘Unsafe’ levels of air pollution for 30% of practice patients in England
One in three NHS patients in England are registered at GP practices in areas that exceed safe levels of pollution, new figures have revealed. Research carried out by environmental cities network UK100 shows that nearly 18 million patients in England are registered with practices in locations where air pollution is above the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) limit for fine particulate matter (PM2.5). Hide related content:  Show related contentread more (Source: Management in Practice)
Source: Management in Practice - February 14, 2019 Category: Practice Management Authors: Angela Sharda Tags: *** Editor ' s Pick Latest News Source Type: news

Babylon GP at Hand given green light to expand NHS services to Birmingham
Babylon GP at Hand has been given the green light to expand to the UK's second-largest city, the digital company has confirmed.  During an NHS Hammersmith and Fulham CCG meeting yesterday, it was announced the digital-first GP service will be allowed to expand its NHS offering to patients in Birmingham, after NHS England decided to lift its previous block. Hide related content:  Show related contentread more (Source: Management in Practice)
Source: Management in Practice - February 14, 2019 Category: Practice Management Authors: Angela Sharda Tags: *** Editor ' s Pick Latest News Source Type: news

GP practices yet to claim millions in CQC reimbursement fees
GP practices have yet to claim millions of pounds in CQC fees from the past year, Pulse understands.  Only 3,553 GP practices in England were reimbursed for their CQC fees in 2017/18, a freedom of information request submitted by a practice to NHS England has revealed. Hide related content:  Show related contentread more (Source: Management in Practice)
Source: Management in Practice - February 13, 2019 Category: Practice Management Authors: Angela Sharda Tags: *** Editor ' s Pick Latest News Source Type: news

MouthWatch Launching TeleDent ™ 2.0 During CDS 2019
 Now More Than Ever, TeleDent is the Industry Standard Teledentistry HubMetuchen, NJ – February 8, 2019 –MouthWatch, LLC aleader in innovative teledentistry solutions, digital case presentation tools and intraoral imaging devices, will be launching and demonstrating the first major new release of its TeleDent all-in-one teledentistry platform at booth #4243 during the 2019 Chicago Midwinter Meeting.According to MouthWatch Founder and CEO Brant Herman, “We’ve been adding a lot of enhancements and new features to TeleDent during the past year. Here are some of the new features included in Te...
Source: Dental Technology Blog - February 13, 2019 Category: Dentistry Source Type: news

Nearly all patients reject registering with digital-first GP services, survey finds
The vast majority of patients do not want to register with a digital-first GP service, according to a survey by independent consumer body Which?.  The survey, of over 1,500 people, found 96% were unlikely to switch from their current practice to an online service in the next year.  Over half (52%) said they will definitely not change from their current GP, it reported.  The NHS long-term plan pledged to offer every patient in England the right to choose‘digital-first’ primary care over the next five years.Hide related content:  Show related contentread more (Source: Management in Practice)
Source: Management in Practice - February 12, 2019 Category: Practice Management Authors: Angela Sharda Tags: *** Editor ' s Pick Latest News Source Type: news

Primary and community care staff shortages could undermine long term plan, think tank warns
The NHS’s aim to keep people out of hospital by investing at community level could remain an‘unrealised aspiration’ due to workforce shortages, a leading think tank has warned.  Areport by the Health Foundation, published today, found that there is an‘ongoing deterioration’ in the number of staff employed in primary and community care, nursing and mental health. Hide related content:  Show related contentread more (Source: Management in Practice)
Source: Management in Practice - February 12, 2019 Category: Practice Management Authors: vfiore Tags: *** Editor ' s Pick HR Practice management Latest News Source Type: news

Underfunding drives practices to stop providing non-core services
Eight GP practices in Buckinghamshire have decided to discontinue the provision of underfunded non-core services.   Writing to Berkshire, Buckinghamshire& Oxfordshire (Bucks, Berks& Oxon) LMCs last December, the practices announced their decision to cease the provision of seven different services by August this year at the latest.  These include ear syringing, 24-hour blood pressure monitoring, spirometry for diagnosis, ECGs, ring pessary, PSA monitoring and MGUS monitoring. Hide related content:  Show related contentread more (Source: Management in Practice)
Source: Management in Practice - February 11, 2019 Category: Practice Management Authors: Angela Sharda Tags: *** Editor ' s Pick Latest News Source Type: news

​Council's drastic public health cuts will leave practices'unable to cope '
Severe cuts across the board to public health services proposed by a Midlands council will see practices inundated with patients, as they will be expected to cover work previously performed by sexual health and alcohol and drug dependency services.  The major cut backs by Walsall Council are thought to be some of the most drastic yet, by a single council. They stem from a reduction in central Government funding, which has forced the council to consult on reducing spending across many areas. Hide related content:  Show related contentread more (Source: Management in Practice)
Source: Management in Practice - February 11, 2019 Category: Practice Management Authors: vfiore Tags: *** Editor ' s Pick Finance Practice management Latest News Source Type: news

The PM edit: Anthony Howarth in his own words
Management in Practice is speaking to a series of PMs on the front-line about what being a practice manager means to them.  Reporter Valeria Fiore talks toAnthony Howarth, business manager at West Gorton Medical Centre in Manchester about the challenges practice management poses and the future of the profession. Q. How has being a practice manager changed since you first started out in the profession? Hide related content:  Show related contentread more (Source: Management in Practice)
Source: Management in Practice - February 8, 2019 Category: Practice Management Authors: vfiore Tags: *** Editor ' s Pick Practice management Latest News Personal Practice Source Type: news