Workload pressure is causing GPs to retire early or leave the profession. The resulting shortages mean higher workload for those left behind, making it harder to attract newly qualified doctors into the profession and creating a vicious circle from which many practices are struggling to escape.
Renewed efforts in training and education and new investment for general practice may pay off in the long term, but what can crisis-riven practices do now?
This event on 16 May in Birmingham presents case studies from practices that were losing GPs and struggling to survive, but have managed to turn a corner by restructuring, investing in training of existing staff and adding new roles to the workforce.
Falls are not an inevitable part of ageing and can be prevented, according to the Centre for Ageing Better. Existing NHS rehabilitation services are of limited use and should be supplemented by community-based strength and balance programmes, the CAB says in a report with the University of Manchester’s Healthy Ageing Research Group. The problem demands a sustained, targeted funding for community-based programmes, with affordable, accessible and proven options available for everyone.
The personal health budget (PHB) mentoring programme aims to improve CCGs’ support for PHBs, share learning of good practice and develop local leaders and experts. Closing date for receipt of applications is 5pm on Friday, 15 March. For information or to apply contact firstname.lastname@example.org