Reversing the tide of the UK tuberculosis epidemic

21 October 2013

A primary-care based screening programme could help tackle TB in the UK according to a comment from Public Health England (PHE) published in The Lancet.

London has the highest rate of TB of any western European capital and the UK will have more TB cases than the USA within two years, if current trends continue.

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Five million people at high risk of type 2 diabetes

27 August 2015

Five million people in England have blood sugar levels indicating a high risk of developing Type 2 diabetes, according to a new report published by Public Health England.

The report, compiled by PHE’s National Cardiovascular Health Intelligence Network (NCVIN), provides the most accurate and robust estimate of how many people over 16 in England have blood sugar levels in a range indicating a high risk of developing type 2 diabetes, otherwise known as non-diabetic hyperglycaemia.

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Conducting performance appraisals

27 August 2015

The support and development of practice staff is vital to the success of the practice. It is also a consideration for meeting essential standards for quality and safety.

This course shows how investing time in conducting effective appraisals creates a motivated team and saves time in the long term.

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Vale of York care hubs start with patients

27 August 2015

A string of integration pilots are paving the way for the Vale of York to adopt a care hub model.

After an extensive engagement exercise, Vale of York Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) worked with local providers to establish three pilots, two led by GP practices and a third by the acute hospital.

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Working with patients for better services

27 August 2015

Although practices no longer receive funding for patient participation groups (PPGs), involving local people remains a contractual duty. But with practices under increasing workload pressure, how can practice teams stop the duty turning into a chore? At this PCC event in London on 1 October, a panel of experts with long experience of running PPGs consider how practice groups can promote better working relations between practices and local populations creating benefits on both sides.

Also on the agenda are GP-led Vanguard site West Wakefield Health and Wellbeing Group, which has put patients at the centre of its ambitious plans for transforming local services and Vale of York CCG, which is working closely with local practices on plans for local care hubs (see related article).

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Supporting plans with the right paperwork

27 August 2015

Prospective GP mergers and federations have been urged to tread carefully through the legal and financial complexities of establishing new structures.

Delivering at scale opens up a host of potential pitfalls that are best avoided through detailed planning and careful thought. A leading lawyer told a recent PCC event how groups of practices interested in federation should start making plans.

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