EU exit operational guidance

11 January 2019

The Department of Health and Social Care has published operational readiness guidance for commissioners and providers of health and social care in the event of a no deal Brexit. The guidance agreed with NHS England and NHS Improvement includes advice for CCGs.

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Practice team development: care navigation and signposting

24 January 2019

Reception staff can make a big difference to workload and the smooth running of the practice by making sure patients see the most appropriate professional. Active signposting is the first of the ten high impact actions (HIAs) to release time for care set out in the GP Forward View. According to NHS England active signposting “provides patients with a first point of contact which directs them to the most appropriate source of help”.

PCC’s care navigation and signposting session empowers the reception team to offer choices to patients enabling them to make informed decisions about their care and how to access the most appropriate professional first time. The session examines models of care navigation and the fundamentals of signposting and social prescribing (HIA number 8). It then goes on to consider how roles within the reception and admin team can evolve to enable staff to deliver what they’ve learnt. Contact enquiries@pcc-cic.org.uk for more information.

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Leeds first city to fully join up with GP Connect

23 January 2019

NHS Digital is ensuring that clinicians have access to patients’ GP records right across Leeds.

The GP Connect service allows GP practices and authorised clinical staff to share and view GP records digitally and allows them to make better decisions about a patient’s care. This means that clinicians in hospitals across the city will be able to access patients’ previous encounters with GPs, improving the data link between the care received at primary and secondary care.

The service is available to all GP practices in Leeds after GP system supplier TPP last month joined EMIS Health in implementing GP Connect.

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RCGP figures show access to GPs is lowest for 15 years

23 January 2019

The Royal College of GPs has compared population statistics with figures from NHS Digital to show that the ratio of GPs to the overall population is at its lowest for 15 years. In 2017 there were 6.19 full-time equivalent GPs per 10,000 population compared to 6.56 in 2007. The ratio is the lowest it has been since 2004. Figures for 2018 are not yet available.

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Plea for feedback on e-referral service leaflet

23 January 2019

More patients are now using the NHS e-referral service which allows patients to book their own hospital appointments. NHS Digital has asked practices to comment on the materials used to promote the service via a short survey.

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Equity and health services

23 January 2019

Governments around the world are determined to eradicate unfair differences in health care access, quality and health outcomes. This paper from York University summarises the methods for analysing health equity to help policymakers with the allocation of health sector resources.

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