• Saving STPs: achieving meaningful health and social care reform

    21 February 2017

    A report from the Reform think tank identifies three key barriers to STPs being successfully implemented and outlines a series of changes to overcome them. It argues that engagement with the plans are dominated by CCGs and NHS providers, with input from other parties being limited. It also finds that mixed messages regarding the focus of STPs from national bodies and a lack of leadership have left STPs struggling with the challenges of reform and implementation.

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  • NHS wi-fi launched in GP surgeries

    21 February 2017

    More than five million patients will be able to access free to use wi-fi in early adopter GP practices, enabling them to link in with local health clinics and services and paving the way for future developments in digital patient care.

    In the first step towards roll out across the entire NHS estate, NHS wi-fi is to be installed in 991 general practices across England by 31 March 2017 and patients will be able to access the Internet free of charge in their GP's waiting room, via their smart phone or tablet.

    Clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) can procure wi-fi services on behalf of GP practices in their areas through established frameworks including the Crown Commercial Services Framework (RM1045 - Lot 2).

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  • QOF year-end 2016/17 bulletin

    21 February 2017

    This issue of the NHS Digital GP bulletin will help practices prepare for the QOF 2016/17 year-end actions.

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  • Facilitation skills

    21 February 2017

    Facilitation skills have a positive impact on meetings, negotiations and relationships. Confident, capable facilitators are an asset to any organisation.

    Our facilitation courses introduce the concept of facilitation, explore the differences between facilitation, training and chairing and during level two allow delegates to practise some of the key techniques at the facilitator's disposal. Both courses are suitable for those new to facilitation and those familiar with the concepts who need a refresher.

    The level 1 workshop is on 26 April in Birmingham and 27 April in Manchester.

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  • Delivering outcomes based care in diabetes

    21 February 2017

    Diabetes is one of the most pressing health issues of our times. The World Health Organisation and others predict that the condition is on track to reach epidemic proportions, with dire consequences for people’s health and for services already struggling to cope with other pressures. Last November and December, commissioners were able to debate how current models of diabetes care could be adapted to tackle the crisis at two workshops. Write-ups of the presentations are now available.

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