December issue of PCC Insight on innovation in primary care

4 December 2018

There has been plenty of attention on the impact of technology led GP services, but most of that has been about the impact on GPs and patients. There are also profound commissioning implications as current regulations and contracts were written before GPAtHand and their rivals appeared on the scene. Some of these were explored at a recent PCC event. A report on the event is among the articles in the December issue of PCC Insight (formerly Commissioning Excellence) which also includes more on the case for including clinical pharmacists in the primary care skill mix and how a merger of two Walsall GP practices quickly turned into a five-practice affair covering a population of 60,000. Sign up to get future issues emailed to you every two months.




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General practice indicators data update

13 December 2018

NHS England has updated eight of its general practice indicators. These are for cervical screening (to Q2 2017/18), prescribing (all indicators to Q4 2017/18) and patient list size data (to July 2018). The data also shows where practices have changed category as a result of the updates.

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CCGs quizzed on IT

12 December 2018

NHS England has produced digital maturity assessment criteria as part of the GP IT operating framework. They are designed to measure the state of IT across general practices in England.

NHS England says the information will help CCGs to support GP IT services, including local investment decisions and also the development of local digital roadmaps.

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GPs fighting public health challenges are supported by ‘wider healthcare workforce’

11 December 2018

A report by the Professional Standards Authority and the Royal Society for Public Health discusses the contribution made to public health by the accredited registers workforce and its potential to support the primary care workforce.

Accredited registers is a programme overseen by the Professional Standards Authority covering 86,000 practitioners in occupations which are not regulated by law, providing the public and professionals with a level of assurance not available otherwise.

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Home care in England: views from commissioners and providers

11 December 2018

This report from the King's Fund sets out the key issues facing the home care sector based on discussions with commissioners, providers and national social care organisations.

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Have NHS attitudes to bullying improved in the last decade?

10 December 2018

Bullying has been a theme for most of the last decade, particularly since the Mid Staffs scandal linked organisational culture to patient safety. So have we made any progress? Vote at

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