All roads to the future start in the same place, with primary care

2 July 2018

What do a Wolverhampton trust, a London GP federation and a Gateshead practice group have in common? The answer is determination not to wait for permission to improve local services. Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust now runs practices covering a population of 140,000, City & Hackney GP Confederation has helped local practices turn around their business and clinical outcomes, and a practice business manager in Gateshead  argues that ambitious practices should set their sights beyond reducing GP workload. Find out more in the July issue of Commissioning Excellence.  

 

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NHS England has written to GP practices to highlight the support in place to manage this year’s phased delivery of the adjuvanted trivalent vaccine (aTIV) for flu which is recommended for people over 65.

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The General Medical Council (GMC) is seeking views on its updated guidance document “Decision making and consent: Supporting patient choices about health care”.

Details of the consultation and how to respond can be found on the GMC website. The consultation closes on 19 January 2019.

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