Mergers, STPs, GP federations and much more in May Commissioning Excellence

8 May 2018

Practice mergers are often driven by necessity but provide the opportunity for CCGs and their members to think beyond the legal formalities and start to address problems of workload and workforce. The latest edition of Commissioning Excellence considers the steps to successful mergers, including what happens after the ink dries on the deal when arguably the real work begins. In related articles we consider why and how practices should claim a seat at the table with their local STP/ICS and Dr Mike Smith advises GP federations on how to avoid an early grave. Plus we look at the Health Education England rotating paramedic programme and a referral management system developed by a group of Leicestershire CCGs and their practices.

 

 

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Fitness to practise improvements made

24 May 2018

The General Medical Council (GMC) has made a catalogue of improvements to its fitness to practise processes.

Changes include increasing support available to doctors, and obtaining key information shortly after receiving a complaint to help decide whether an investigation is needed. This process, known as provisional enquiries, has already prevented around 400 cases from going to a full investigation.

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Remuneration

24 May 2018

This section focuses on remuneration of prototype practices.

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NHS Providers looks at the role of community services

23 May 2018

A report from NHS Providers presents examples of good practice where community service providers have successfully developed new ways of working, collaborating with other services to improve patient care. However, it concludes that in practice, support on the ground has failed to match the rhetoric, leaving many providers marginalised, underfunded and short staffed.

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First measure of industry progress to cut sugar unveiled

23 May 2018

Public Health England (PHE) has published the first assessment of progress on the government’s sugar reduction programme, measuring how far the food industry has gone towards reducing the sugar children consume through everyday foods.

As part of the government’s plan to reduce childhood obesity, the food industry has been challenged to cut 20% of sugar from a range of products by 2020, with a 5% reduction in the first year.

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Innovation fund open to help children of dependent drinkers

23 May 2018

Public Health England (PHE) encourages local authorities to apply for funding support.

The Department of Health and Social Care is to make available £4.5m of joint funding for up to eight local authorities to improve the support services for children of dependent drinkers and alcohol dependent parents. The fund is being managed by PHE, which is inviting local authorities to bid for funding.

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