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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Make your primary care network work for you

20 March 2019

Spring is a busy time for practices.

This year, as well as the annual delights of year-end reporting, QOF, DSP and the day job, practice managers have been told to get on with forming primary care networks (PCNs).

“Told” because “working at scale” is no longer just a helpful suggestion but a matter of policy. Participation of individual practices is officially optional, but as there are going to be financial incentives for working in networks – and diminishing prospects for those who chose to rely on the core contract – the element of choice is more limited than it may appear.

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The state of ageing in 2019

19 March 2019

A report from an older people’s charity brings together public data about work and finances, housing, health and communities. It reveals big differences in how people experience ageing depending on factors such as where they live, how much money they have or their sex or ethnicity. Today’s least well-off over 50s face far greater challenges than their wealthier peers and are more likely to die younger, become sicker earlier and fall out of work due to ill health.

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Better transition for young people in inpatient mental health settings

19 March 2019

NICE and the Social Care Institute for Excellence have published a guide to help practitioners prepare for a planned admission and or discharge from inpatient mental health services. It covers planning for admission, preparing for discharge, care and support after discharge, crisis planning, and information and support for parents and carers.

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New academic prize for general practice nursing students

19 March 2019

The Queen’s Nursing Institute (QNI) has launched a new academic prize for students of specialist nursing programmes in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

The Ellen Mary Memorial Prize is available for students of the specialist practice qualification in general practice nursing. The prize is available at every university that offers the NMC-approved course.

Each university is invited to nominate the student in each academic year who has demonstrated the most outstanding achievement during the period of study. The criteria to assess the student’s outstanding achievement are determined by the university faculty.

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Medical director’s report of access standards

18 March 2019

In 2018 Professor Stephen Powis, NHS National Medical Director, was asked to carry out a clinical review of standards across the NHS, with the aim of determining whether patients would be well served by updating and supplementing some of the older targets currently in use. In this interim report, Professor Powis sets out his recommendations.

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