• Support organisations also need to step up if primary care networks are to fulfil their potential

    8 March 2019

    The NHS Long Term Plan heralds a fresh, and to me welcome, approach to healthcare in England.

    For many years there have been promises of a primary care led NHS but funding of primary care has continued to fall as a percentage of NHS spend. Workload in the meantime has continued to rise.

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  • RCGP wary of giving blood pressure drugs to more patients

    9 March 2018

    As NICE considers lowering the current threshold for a diagnosis of hypertension, the Royal College of General Practitioners has warned of the dangers of overdiagnosis and unnecessary prescribing.

    Professor Helen Stokes-Lampard, chair of the Royal College of GPs, said: "High blood pressure, or hypertension, already affects a very large number of patients in the UK. Lowering the threshold for making the diagnosis of any condition is a significant decision that will affect thousands, if not millions of patients, and must not be taken lightly.

    "One concern GPs already have is overdiagnosis - where we are giving a label to a situation thereby medicalising it, and prescribing medications when the benefits to the individual patient may be very limited. This can be harmful for patients both in terms of causing unnecessary anxiety, and in terms of taking medication that they might not need.

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  • Working together to reduce duplication in general practice

    12 January 2018

    The Care Quality Commission has developed a framework to reduce duplication in the regulation and oversight of general practice.

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  • New frameworks aim to improve health and social care integration and care homes

    30 September 2016

    NHS England has published details of two more common frameworks for local health and care systems, organisations, communities and patients, wishing to develop new ways of working.

    The documents are based on the learning so far from the primary and acute care system (PACS) and enhanced health in care homes vanguards – describing the key ingredients that make up both models.

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  • Resources to support GPs deliver care to autistic patients sent to every practice in England

    24 May 2016

    Resource packs to support GPs and their teams to make their surgeries more visibly friendly for patients with an autism spectrum disorder have been sent to every GP practice in England this week.

    The packs aim to support GP practices to meet the commitments in the RCGP autism patient charter, which provides a framework for making GP surgeries more visibly friendly for those on the autistic spectrum.

    Resources in the pack include a guide for patients on the autistic spectrum to help them get the most out of their GP visit, and a guide for GPs to support effectively consultations with patients on the autistic spectrum.

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