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NHS England: NHS body could help struggling 'last partner standing' practices

Practice Business News from Pulse Today - Wed, 01/30/2019 - 15:41
An NHS body could take on the lease of practices that find themselves in a ‘last partner standing’ situation, NHS England has said.
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Fewer trainee doctors intending to become GPs, show official figures

Practice Business News from Pulse Today - Wed, 01/30/2019 - 10:04
The proportion of foundation-year doctors intending to become GPs has dropped in the last year, according to the latest career destinations report.
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Fewer trainee doctors are intending to become GPs, show official figures

Practice Business News from Pulse Today - Wed, 01/30/2019 - 10:04
The proportion of foundation-year doctors intending to become GPs has dropped in the last year, according to the latest career destinations report.
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NHS England will fund 1,000 social prescribing workers to support practices

Practice Business News from Pulse Today - Mon, 01/28/2019 - 17:23
Primary care networks will be supported by 1,000 social prescribing workers by April 2021, under plans due to be approved by NHS England this week.
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Four in 10 GPs asked to provide public health services without payment

Practice Business News from Pulse Today - Mon, 01/28/2019 - 17:01
Exclusive Four in 10 GPs have been asked to provide public health services without being paid, Pulse can reveal.
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RCGPNI Patient Group encourages patients to use health system wisely

General practice and other health care services are under immense strain, facing workforce and workload challenges while struggling to meet increasing demand from patients. Recognising this, the RCGPNI Patient Group were keen to play their part to help make sure that we can all access medical, mental health and social support when we need it. Launching the leaflet, RCGPNI Patient Group Chair Karen Mooney said: "Working with the College, we have become all too aware of the incredible pressures that GPs and their teams are facing. As patients, being able to access services when we need them is our top priority, but we know that people are not making the most from all the services and support available to them within the community. "Our leaflet aims to give fellow patients more information about how they can better care for themselves, where they can find reliable health information online and how they can get the most out of all of their interactions with healthcare professionals. "Not only do we hope that some patients will think about the alternatives available to them before making an appointment with their GP, we also hope that the information we are providing will encourage those who avoid engaging with healthcare professionals to go and see their family doctor when they need to. "There is a vast variety of healthcare professionals and staff available to us, each playing their part to keep our health service running; however, many of us do not make the most of their knowledge and expertise. One of the groups that often get overlooked are medical receptionists in our GP practices. Medical receptionists are trained by the GP and while they cannot diagnose or advise on medical conditions, they have a lot of information they can offer us. We want to remind people that the entire GP team is there to help us get the most suitable service and best experience when we go to our local GP surgery. "Our key message today is to remind everyone that our health service is our best asset. It is there when we need it most and we expect it to keep us healthy, but sometimes we forget that we have a responsibility to keep it healthy too." Reflecting on the work that has been taken forward by the Patient Group, RCGPNI Chair Dr Grainne Doran said: "Patients are often unclear about the services that are available to them and by the conflicting information available online. It is great to see the innovation that has been shown by our voluntary patient group to help support others in getting the best from our health services. "There are many healthcare professionals and sources of information available to patients within the community. Our community pharmacist colleagues are an underutilised resource who can provide advice and treatment for many minor ailments and conditions, saving many people from waiting to see their GP unnecessarily. Nidirect is also an incredibly valuable source of health and social care information that patients can use to search symptoms, learn about the services available to them locally and advise on over-the-counter treatments and home remedies that might be helpful in certain circumstances. "Our patient group is also reminding others about the value of GP appointments. Every day, people do not attend their booked appointments with their family doctor. There are many reasons for this and it is often unavoidable, but this information leaflet encourages people to cancel appointments where they can so that spaces can be offered to those who need them. "We all have an important part to play to protecting our health and social care services and I hope that this information will assist people in making the right decision for them, based on their needs."
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GPs and pharmacists to share flu vaccination data from next season

Practice Business News from Pulse Today - Mon, 01/28/2019 - 09:57
GP practices and pharmacies will be able to share flu vaccination data, allowing them to see which patients have been vaccinated, by the next flu season, according to NHS Digital.
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GPs and pharmacies will be able to share flu vaccination data from next season

Practice Business News from Pulse Today - Mon, 01/28/2019 - 09:57
GP practices and pharmacies will be able to share flu vaccination data, allowing them to see which patients have been vaccinated, by the next flu season, according to NHS Digital.
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GP practice told to pay double rent or lose premises

Practice Business News from Pulse Today - Fri, 01/25/2019 - 16:04
An 8,000-patient practice in Belfast has been told to pay double its rent or lose the premises, after its lease was taken over by developers.
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College welcomes national action plan in the fight against antibiotic resistance

She said: "Antibiotic resistance is one of the biggest and most dangerous threats to modern healthcare, and the more high-level support we get to tackle this problem, the better. "GPs are already making excellent headway in reducing antibiotic use in the community and will only prescribe when they are absolutely necessary and the best course of action for the patient sitting in front of us. "However, as this national action plan highlights, this is a society-wide issue and not something GPs can be held responsible for tackling on their own. "We need to get to a stage where antibiotics are not seen by patients as a 'catch all' for every illness, but rather as a serious drug option, usually reserved for when all other treatment options have either failed or been deemed inappropriate. "Sore throats, for example, are usually caused by viral infections that antibiotics will not help, but they are also usually self-limiting and will get better on their own in a few days with the help of basic over-the-counter pain relief, such as paracetamol and ibuprofen. "It's crucial that we continue to get this message out, so that we can carry on delivering safe, effective care to our patients both now and in the future. "It's also astonishing that there hasn't been a new and approved class of antibiotics produced in over 30 years – there have recently been some promising signs, but it’s clear that more investment in the research and development of new drugs to tackle emerging diseases is desperately needed, and if offering appropriate incentives and NHS collaborations with pharmaceutical companies are demonstrated to safely support this, then they should be encouraged."
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Patient arrested after alleged knife attack on GP during consultation

Practice Business News from Pulse Today - Thu, 01/24/2019 - 16:55
A patient who allegedly attacked a GP with a knife in a Stoke practice has been charged with attempt wounding with intent.
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CCG may struggle to 'pay its bills' due to financial pressure of Babylon GP at Hand

Practice Business News from Pulse Today - Thu, 01/24/2019 - 09:48
The CCG hosting Babylon GP at Hand has reported a £2.5m cash deficit mainly caused by financial pressures arising from the digital-first service.
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NHS England invites GP feedback on NHS app as the national roll-out begins

Practice Business News from Pulse Today - Wed, 01/23/2019 - 18:04
The NHS app is now available to all patients in England, NHS England has announced.
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NHS App promises to be a 'significant and constructive step forward', says College

She said: "Technology plays an increasingly important role in the NHS, and in our patients' lives. "The new NHS App promises to be a significant and constructive step forward in using technology to support patients to manage their own care and wellbeing. We hope it will make navigating primary care services easier for patients by making it possible for them to book appointments, order prescriptions, and check their medical records on their smartphone, if they wish to. "Many GP practices already offer patients a range of digital services, such as self-check-in desks and text message reminders for appointments, and electronic symptom checkers and email contact with their surgery. This app will certainly complement those initiatives, but we need to make sure that patients who do not have access to a smartphone – or are just not as tech-savvy - can continue to make bookings and access healthcare in more traditional ways. "For those that do use it, adequate safeguards must be in place to ensure the utmost protection of patients' personal data, especially as people's confidential medical records will now be accessible via their mobile phones if they choose this option and therefore, potentially more vulnerable to security breaches. "It's also essential that the app is thoroughly and independently evaluated to ensure it is safe and cost-effective, and ultimately, beneficial to both patients and GP practices without unnecessarily increasing our workload."
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GPs should get a ‘reasonable fee’ for firearm checks, argue Lords

Practice Business News from Pulse Today - Wed, 01/23/2019 - 09:48
GPs should receive a ‘reasonable fee’ for checking medical records and monitoring patients who possess a firearms licence, according to members of the House of Lords.
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GPs could get a ‘reasonable fee’ for firearm checks under new legislation

Practice Business News from Pulse Today - Wed, 01/23/2019 - 09:48
GPs could receive a ‘reasonable fee’ for checking medical records and monitoring patients who possess a firearms licence, under new legislation.
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Management of asthma a 'priority' but more funding needed so that GPs can give patients more time, says RCGP

"Asthma must never be underestimated as it is a serious condition that can claim lives in any age group. "We really sympathise with our younger patients who are finding it hard to book a GP appointment, but we are working harder than ever and seeing more patients than ever. Unfortunately, we have a chronic shortage of family doctors right across the country because investment in our service has not kept pace with demand and there is a limit beyond which we can no longer guarantee safe care. "GPs and our teams are highly trained to manage asthma in partnership with our patients, including identifying symptoms, prescribing appropriately and monitoring treatment. "We encourage the use of personal asthma action plans for patients and we aim to work with all patients with high-risk conditions to ensure they are undergoing regular reviews. "It is also vitally important that patients understand their own treatment and how to properly use equipment, such as inhalers, spacer devices and peak flow meters, and GPs take every step to encourage patients of all ages to feel more confident about managing their condition effectively and appropriately. "Respiratory disease is a clinical priority for our College and all trainee GPs are required to develop skills in diagnosing and managing patients of all ages and backgrounds with asthma and other airways conditions, which are then tested in the professional examinations which every GP must pass before they can work in general practice. "We would like to devote more time to our patients with chronic diseases such as asthma, but we need more GPs, more members of our wider practice teams, and more funding in order to do this. "Ultimately, we need to see NHS England's GP Forward View, which promised an extra £2.5bn a year for general practice, delivered, in full, as soon as possible, along with guarantees that general practice will receive a significant share of the additional funding earmarked for primary and community care outlined in the NHS Long-Term Plan. "We also need better and faster information sharing between primary and secondary care to improve the outcomes of patients with asthma to ensure all our patients are receiving the best possible care."
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Private online provider partners with GP networks covering 88,000 patients

Practice Business News from Pulse Today - Tue, 01/22/2019 - 17:38
Private online GP provider Push Doctor has partnered with two primary care networks in Birmingham, giving 88,000 NHS patients access to video consultations.
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Private online provider partners with primary care networks covering 88,000 patients

Practice Business News from Pulse Today - Tue, 01/22/2019 - 17:38
Private online GP provider Push Doctor has partnered with two primary care networks in Birmingham, giving 88,000 NHS patients access to video consultations.
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Seven in 10 medical students cannot afford basic necessities, finds survey

Practice Business News from Pulse Today - Tue, 01/22/2019 - 17:25
More than seven in 10 UK medical students said they cannot afford basic necessities. 
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