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CQC fee calculation to remain the same for GPs in 2019/20

Practice Business News from Pulse Today - Thu, 10/25/2018 - 12:52
The way CQC fees are to be calculated for GP providers will remain the same in 2019/20, the regulator has said.
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BMA calls for GP funding increase ahead of next week's Budget

Practice Business News from Pulse Today - Thu, 10/25/2018 - 12:47
The GP in charge of the BMA has written to the Chancellor ahead of next week’s budget, calling for a funding increase for general practice.
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GP practices offered top-up funding for cutting referrals and prescriptions

Practice Business News from Pulse Today - Thu, 10/25/2018 - 09:34
Exclusive GPs are being promised extra money for cutting secondary care referral rates to 'below the average' in their area, in the latest 'cash for cuts' scheme to be unveiled by Pulse.
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Town reaches GP 'tipping point' as 9,000-patient practice hands back contract

Practice Business News from Pulse Today - Wed, 10/24/2018 - 17:24
A 9,000-patient practice in Dungannon has been forced to hand back its contract to the Health and Social Care Board after the resignation of its three remaining GPs.
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GPs should improve patient education in waiting rooms, say researchers

Practice Business News from Pulse Today - Wed, 10/24/2018 - 15:37
Educational patient information offered in GP practice waiting rooms is often 'outdated and poorly presented’, a study has claimed.
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Government in the dark about future NHS visa costs for EU staff

Practice Business News from Pulse Today - Tue, 10/23/2018 - 17:44
The Government has not made any assessment of extra costs to the NHS from paying for visas to bring in staff from the EU after Brexit, the health secretary has said.
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GP practice offers shower facilities to the homeless

Practice Business News from Pulse Today - Tue, 10/23/2018 - 16:52
A GP practice in Scunthorpe has made its shower facilities available to people sleeping rough in the town.
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Health boards go into deficit to sustain directly-managed GP practices

Practice Business News from Pulse Today - Tue, 10/23/2018 - 16:49
Some health boards in Wales are running up large overspends as a result of running managed practices, the BMA has warned.
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College launches innovation initiative for primary care

The scheme is the first of its kind for the College and aims to encourage, empower and enable family doctors to find solutions to unmet needs in general practice, such as cutting patient waiting times or finding innovative ways to use technology in general practice to benefit patient care. As well as generating ideas, the group will also form a peer support network for other entrepreneurial GPs. Doctors on the programme will receive mentoring, training and access to networks to accelerate innovative ideas in general practice, as well as professional development in non-clinical skills to support them to be successful entrepreneurs. The five GP entrepreneurs are: 
  • Dr Campbell Murdoch: Chief Medical Officer at Gro Health, a digital health platform supporting lifestyle changes to prevent chronic illness with focus on type 2 diabetes, a condition associated with growing demand on the NHS, and high costs. 
  • Dr Farhan Amin: Founder of Concept Health, which uses virtual reality to provide personalised treatment to patients, facilitating trained professionals to deliver the interventions remotely to multiple patients at any one time.
  • Dr Monal Wadhera: Chief Medical Officer at LiveSmart, a digital health monitoring and optimisation platform that combines digital technology, clinical data and one-to-one personalised telephone health coaching to support lifestyle changes at key times in a person's life. 
  • Dr Nicholas Harvey: Founder of Digitalis CPD, an intuitive and dynamic mobile app that makes accessing educational resources easier, supports group learning and addresses gaps in clinical knowledge.
  • Dr Rakeeb Chowdhury: Founder of BookYourGP, a software tool which supports clinicians to automate both booking essential but routine appointments and the associated patient communications, thereby reducing administrative work and costs and freeing up healthcare professionals' time for patient care. 
Dr Imran Rafi, Medical Director of the RCGP's Clinical Innovation and Research Centre, said: "General practice is currently operating under enormous pressure but thinking outside the box and coming up with new ideas to help improve efficiency can make a real difference to frontline work – and in turn, our patients. "We've heard about brilliant initiatives GPs up and down the country are doing; but there needs to be more in the way of helping these ideas mature and reach general practice sooner by providing mentoring, professional development in non-clinical skills and getting the word out about how other practices can learn from them. "The Innovator Mentorship Programme is a great way to do that, and I'm really looking forward to seeing what other ideas our members have created to help us all continue to provide the best possible care to our patients." Professor Martin Marshall, Vice Chair of the RCGP, said: "The College is passionate about the need to encourage and support people with new ideas and practical solutions to the challenges that GPs are facing in their day to day practice. "The Innovator Mentorship scheme is the latest offer to our members from our expanding innovation programme. The remarkable quality of the five GP entrepreneurs that we have appointed is a testament to the talent that exists in our speciality."
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GPs not trained to treat dental problems, says RCGP

"The health service is struggling across the board at the moment, and we recognise that patients may struggle to get an NHS dental appointment, just as we know many are finding it difficult to get a GP appointment. What's essential is that patients understand where to turn when they need medical attention to access care most appropriate for their needs, and to ensure scant NHS resources are used most effectively. "While GPs are trained to deal with a multitude of health concerns, we are not trained to treat dental problems – there are best left to the care of a professional dentist or, if required, urgent care services. With GPs already seeing more than a million patients in the UK every day, and increasing number of patients waiting more than a week to see a GP, seeing patients with dental problems isn't the best use of our time, and anyone who does try to book an appointment for a dental problem will most likely be referred to an appropriate alternative."
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CQC has cleared the path for Government to invest in GP practices, says Steve Field

Practice Business News from Pulse Today - Tue, 10/23/2018 - 09:31
The CQC has proved to the Government that GP practices are ‘good’ enough to receive investment, the outgoing chief inspector of general practice has said.
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GP practices suffering IT problems for weeks following 'air-conditioning failure'

Practice Business News from Pulse Today - Mon, 10/22/2018 - 17:43
GP practices across West Yorkshire have experienced IT problems for almost two weeks, after a failed air-conditioning unit forced a shutdown of servers covering three CCGs.
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Ombudsman must make clinical standards clearer for GPs, says MDU

Practice Business News from Pulse Today - Mon, 10/22/2018 - 17:35
The MDU has urged the Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman to clarify their clinical standards for GPs.
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GPs yet again unable to access new flu vaccine stock after brief order window

Practice Business News from Pulse Today - Mon, 10/22/2018 - 17:08
GP practices are not able to place orders for the adjuvanted trivalent flu vaccine (aTIV) directly with the supplier, despite being told so earlier this month.
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GPs yet again unable to order new flu vaccine after brief order window

Practice Business News from Pulse Today - Mon, 10/22/2018 - 17:08
GP practices are not able to place orders for the adjuvanted trivalent flu vaccine (aTIV) directly with the supplier, despite being told so earlier this month.
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Fewer GP practices requesting list closure, official data reveal

Practice Business News from Pulse Today - Mon, 10/22/2018 - 10:07
Exclusive The number of GP practices closing their lists to new patients has started to taper off, a Pulse investigation has revealed.
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MPs demand end to 'perverse' cost to GPs of testing before antibiotic prescribing

Practice Business News from Pulse Today - Mon, 10/22/2018 - 01:01
Leading MPs have called for changes to the 'perverse' financial arrangements that stop GPs from using point-of-care testing before prescribing antibiotics.
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CCGs suggest charging GPs up to £1,800 for access to data protection officer

Practice Business News from Pulse Today - Fri, 10/19/2018 - 17:35
Exclusive Commissioners in parts of England have suggested they will charge GPs up to £1,800 a year to access data protection officers that are required under new laws, Pulse can reveal.
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GP practices face 'unsustainable' workload without extra funds from housing developers

Practice Business News from Pulse Today - Fri, 10/19/2018 - 17:34
General practice in parts of Essex could become ‘unsustainable’ following the development of hundreds flats, a CCG has warned.
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NHS long-term plan should allow GPs to set workload caps, says BMA

Practice Business News from Pulse Today - Fri, 10/19/2018 - 12:56
The BMA has called for the NHS’s long-term plan to allow GPs to set workload limits, in an effort to avoid ‘a series of serious issues’ in primary care.
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