Primary care home under the spotlight

9 February 2017

General practice is under pressure to work together “at scale” to ease workload pressure, share skills and develop resilience. The primary care home (PCH) is increasingly appealing to those who see the logic in collaboration but want some say over how far and how fast they go. The latest edition of Commissioning Excellence talks to GP leaders of PCH rapid test sites. It also features top tips for service change and commissioning case studies.
 

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The Care Quality Commission has published the most detailed analysis yet of the quality and safety of general medical practice in England. Its report uses data for the past three years. CQC found that 4% of practices were rated outstanding, 86% were good, 8% require improvement and 2% were inadequate.

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