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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Federations must establish their own forward view

17 April 2015

Emerging GP federations seeking to deliver against the NHS Five Year Forward View need themselves to establish a clear vision – that is the view of a number of leading figures within the federation movement.

“Those who are currently setting up federations must agree a vision and ethos – what is it that you want your federation to do? You cannot answer any other questions before you have established the vision,” said Dr Mike Smith, GP and chief executive of Haverstock Healthcare, based in Camden, London.

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Strength in numbers for aspiring federations

17 April 2015

GP practices at the beginning of their federation journey have been encouraged to consider organisational size and strength as crucial elements to their plans.

A cross-section of healthcare representatives – including GP practices, CCGs, area teams, acute care, voluntary sector and the pharmaceutical industry – were able to learn from the experiences of successful federation leaders at recent PCC events in London and Leeds.

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Taurus Healthcare takes bull by the horns

17 April 2015

Leaders of emerging primary care federations and similar networks are being encouraged to face up to difficult decisions and ”embrace challenge”.

Graeme Cleland, managing director of Taurus Healthcare, may be adopting a ‘bull-ish’ characteristic from the organisation’s name or it may be linked to the fact that Taurus is led by a team that includes two ex-military men, but Cleland welcomes tough challenges – as long as they lead to constructive resolution.

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Sessional GP work a positive choice, survey shows

17 April 2015

The majority of sessional GPs choose their job for its flexibility and work-life balance – not because of a lack of partnerships. These were the key findings for sessional GPs from the BMA survey of the profession, which had 15,560 respondents.

More than seven in ten locum GPs gave flexibility and the desire for a good work-life balance as the reasons for opting for their role. The figure was 58% for salaried GPs. Only 7% of salaried and 3% of locum GPs are working as sessionals because there are no partnerships available in their area, the survey found.

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HSCIC updates practice data

17 April 2015

The Health and Social Care Information Centre has published new data showing number of registered patients by GP practice. The data is from the GP payments system. This release covers the quarter to 31 March 2015 with geographical references from 2011 census information.

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